Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Two tunnels

It is a while we have posted anything about the Two Tunnels, http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/ that is because there has been so much work behinds the scenes, one of these is putting back bridges over Dratmouth Avenue and Monksdale Road. For a picture of what this would look like

http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/public_event.html

Friday, 20 August 2010

Planning service changes

In response to general and some planning application enquiries we receive, Council Connect and Planning Information Officers will assist in the first instance by responding to queries and providing information. This should allow Planning Officers to concentrate on core technical activities such as dealing with applications and pre application submissions.

If a query is complex, customers will be able to speak to a Planning Officer through a Call Back Service. The initial contact process will be designed to answer basic enquiries. Where more detailed technical knowledge is required we will seek to obtain enough information to allow a planning officer to answer the query. Following this a Planning Officer will aim to call back within 24 hours of the initial query.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Culverhay School closure - latest

We attended the demonstration and the cabinet meeting, it was very disappointing to hear the rubbish spoken, basically the comments were we need to"close Culverhay to stop Oldfield School becoming an academy".

It is another attack on Bath by a group of councillors that represent wards outside of Bath, first the BRT now this. All they appear to want to do is to sell off the site. There many comments from the cabinet that this wasn't an option, then they said "all money gained from the sale would be ploughed back into education " the didn't seem to be the realization that these comments are opposite.

The back to Bath campaign clearly had the right idea

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Culverhay School closure

Good news the meeting has asked the cabinet to re-consider. The bad news it is the same cabinet that considered the decision in the first place.

Friday, 6 August 2010

meeting to consider Culverhay school closure

The Meeting to consider the closure will take place 10th of August at the Guildhall at 17.30 it is a public meeting anyone can attend.

Culverhay School closure

We have asked that the Conservative view be reconsidered, for the following reasons:

Ø The consultation was based on the scenario of closing three schools and reopening two – one in the north and one in the south of the city. This scenario was approved by the majority of respondents (66%). By abandoning this scenario and recommending the closure of one school in the south, the Cabinet has disenfranchised residents who, believing that the outcome of the consultation would be a new, coeducational school at Culverhay (which is what the community has wanted for a long time), did not respond to the consultation in large numbers.

Ø The decision is premature. The availability of ‘Building Schools for the Future’ funding was a significant driver of reorganising secondary provision in Bath. Given that this funding stream is no longer available following the change in Government, the Cabinet has not adequately considered the need to wait until the situation regarding schools legislation and future funding mechanisms is more certain.

Ø The Cabinet has decided that there should be no change to schools in Keynsham, but the option of no change to schools in Bath has not been considered under section 9 of the report. This is inconsistent.

Ø If the primary purpose of the review is to improve educational standards, it is inconsistent to close a school which is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted but to keep both schools in Keynsham, which have lower Ofsted ratings, open. Furthermore, insufficient consideration has been given to the extra services provided at Culverhay school to pupils and to the community (e.g. leisure centre, extracurricular activities, links with primary schools and Bath Spa University) and to the ‘value added’ to pupils’ educational attainment.