Wednesday, 29 September 2010

new to cycling or haven't cycled for a while

There is a new scheme

"Simple cycling for all" sums up the aim of this innovative approach to outdoor exercise and active travel.

Our programme of led cycle rides has now started and rides are currently scheduled on:

Thursdays: 13.00

Fridays: 13.00

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled ride start time.

What is it?

Based at Green Park Station, Bath linking to the start of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path (part of Route 4 of the National Cycle Network ) this community cycling scheme offers people the chance to take part in led rides and receive cycle skills training from a qualified instructor. The traffic free sections of the route provide a safe and relaxing environment to cycle in.

Monday, 27 September 2010

New bus group starting

We have received this email

You are cordially invited to the inaugural meeting of the Bath Bus Users Group (BBUG), Thursday October 7th, 6:30pm at St Michael's Church Crypt, Bath,

BBUG is an independent, non-partisan group of bus users from across Bath who aim
to promote good communications between bus operators, passengers and local government
officers and Councillors. It aims as well to strengthen the voice of bus users in
lobbying for bus transport to be as good as it can be for as many as possible,
at the same time helping to improve our environment, enhancing sustainability and
reducing traffic congestion. We are looking for bus passengers to participate from all
parts of Bath and connected areas. Do you know anyone who might be interested?
They do not have to be an expert, they just need to care about bus transport. If this brings to
mind anyone you know, please could you put them in contact with us or give us their details
so we can invite them along?

Save Culverhay

There are web petitions to sign should you wish

Monday, 20 September 2010

Bloomfield Road Wellsway Junction

I've had a response from the council they are in contact with BT regarding moving the phone box. They are also in the process of moving the give way lines and lane markings to improve the visibility from the junction.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Free software for charities

Don has received the following email

Dear Mr Don Foster,

In an effort to strengthen and support the UK voluntary sector, Microsoft invests in several programmes designed to help voluntary and community organisations make the best use of our technology.

We were wondering if you had voluntary and community organisations of charitable status in your constituency that would benefit from Microsoft’s software donation programme.

Working with the Charity Technology Trust (Registered Charity No.1073954) through their Charity Technology Exchange service, Microsoft is one of a growing number of technology companies who make donations of their products to the voluntary sector.

We offer eligible organisations up to six titles, including our most popular software packages such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 for example. Organisations can receive up to 50 copies of each title every two year period. Donations include free upgrades for two years and access to a range of e-learning resources. Not all charities are eligible, but the vast majority are, and there are no limits on the number of organisations who can receive a donation. Grantees pay a nominal administrative fee to the Charity Technology Exchange, which supports the running of the services.

Since the launch of this programme in 2006, we have supported over 4400 UK charities, donating software with a retail value of more than £30 million.

Loft and Cavity wall insulation

We have received the following

Dear Councillor

I would like to inform you of a special offer from Housing Services open to all home owners and tenants who rent from a private landlord. >From 01 September 2010, through our "Warm Streets scheme" Housing Services are offering residents free loft and cavity wall insulation. To apply residents must phone Warm Streets on 0800 512 012. We would like to help as many residents as possible and would appreciate it if you can inform residents in your area.

Housing Services received this money as part of our Housing Renewal Funding bid, specifically to spend on energy efficiency. Many elderly and vulnerable people are entitled to free loft and cavity wall insulation however they do not come forward to claim. By making the scheme free to everyone we hope to encourage elderly and vulnerable people to come forward. Loft and cavity wall insulation makes houses warmer, helping to reduce excess winter deaths and improves energy efficiency of properties helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Please see the link to the news article. Bath & North East Somerset Council - Save hundreds of pounds with free insulation offer

If you have any questions please contact me on 01225 396736.

Save our youth service

There is little left, we have seen the affect in Odd Down

Bath & North East Somerset Council is planning to cut its youth service again in the forthcoming budget process. Current plans would see the closure of another youth centre in the authority. Young people, activists, and opponents will be gathering outside the Guildhall Bath to protest against the plans before a meeting of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Childrens' Services.

The meeting will be receiving a report on the current consultation amongst youth service staff about the future of the service.

The protest is being organised by members of Democratic Action for B&NES Youth (DAFBY), Stefan Di Finizio (the current Member of the Youth Parliament for B&NES) with support from Cllr Nathan Hartley (Shadow Cabinet Member for Childrens' Services and DAFBY co-founder in the year 2000).

When: Monday 20th September, 5.00pm, Guildhall, Bath

We are looking for views on what should happen to the old Smile's Building at Noad's corner, especially as Sainsbury's have announced they are starting on site on 25th October, it is unlikely this will open again as a convenience store.
We feel that the council should have thought about this sort of thing before agreeing to Sainsbury's.

A367 Wellsway closing

A367 Fosseway:recently the Council undertook Carriageway Stabilization work at the top of A section from (and probably including) the Tunley junction to the Fullers Earth site.

Also sections of the carriageway along the A367 Wellsway between the Park and Ride roundabout to the Frome Road roundabout. Site extents will be decided upon depending on the results from recent carriageway core tests.

It is anticipated that all the works on the A367 Fosseway will be undertaken approx. 4/5 evening/nights road closure. (1900? - 0700?) to reduce traffic problems (Possible start date: 11th October) (not Sat or Sun)A367 Wellsway will be undertaken approx. 5 evening/nights temporary traffic lights, (road closure not anticipated, but carriageway core tests may change this decision). (not Sat or Sun)

Friday, 3 September 2010

These are the bus changes affecting Odd Down

173 Bath – Peasedown St John – Radstock – Midsomer Norton - Wells
First Bus

Stopping places amended - now serves all bus stops except Radstock, Bath New Road

178 Bath – Peasedown St John – Radstock – Midsomer Norton – Paulton - High Littleton – Keynsham - Bristol
First Bus

Timetable has been amended to improve punctuality.