Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sainsbury's want to start earlier

Sainsbury's are looking to extending their operation hours to start earlier. If you wish to write in details are below

Planning Services
PO BOX 5006, Bath, BA1 1JG
Tel: (01225)477000


App Ref: 11/04808/VAR 14th November 2011
Expiry Date: 13th February 2012
Sainsbury's Supermarket Limited 170 Frome Road Odd Down Bath BA2 5RF
(E)374143 - (N)162002
LB Grade: N/A
Variation of condition 29 of application 09/02389/OUT to allow deliveries from 06:00 to 23:00 seven days a week including bank holidays (Mixed use development comprising the erection of
1) a new foodstore and associated accesses including a new roundabout at Frome Road (no matters reserved for future consideration on this part) and,
2) the erection of 'extra care' retirement housing (Use Class C2) (appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale reserved for future consideration on this part).)

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
Agent: WYG Planning And Design (Bristol)
Ropemaker Court
12 Lower Park Row

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Gypsy site consultation

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/environmentandplanning/planning/planningpolicy/localdevelopmentscheme/Pages/GTTS%20DPD%20Consultation.aspx This consultation is important, it will allow the council to move on travellers on to the authorised sites, currently moving on travellers takes a long time.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Consultation on deregulating entertainment

This is a governmental consultation,  link to the current Government consultation on the proposal to deregulate entertainment.


The Council's Licensing Team, together with Public Protection and Environmental Protection will be preparing a detailed response to the consultation, as well.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Metal items being stolen

We have lost some waste bins and some man hole covers. Interesting the chronicle article something seems to be happening


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Culverhay Update

We received this from the Free School Team
As it stands the council have stated to the DfE Cabot Learning Federation as their preferred option for the Culverhay site.  Myself and the all the Sarahs (3 of them) met with David Carter (Executive Principle of Cabot) last week and had a good of chat.  We agreed that with community involvement we can still achieve the co-ed school that we want for this community.
The Culverhay Parents Action Group have set up a new email address to keep people updated with what is happening with regard Culverhay becoming co-ed. If you would like to be kept informed please let me know by replying to this email and I will transfer your email details.
This email address will continue to be used for Sirius Wood School only information.
Also we plan to organise a massive flyer drop to advertise the open evening on Tuesday 4th October 6 til 8.30pm if you are interested in helping deliver flyers.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

No Surgery 19th September

Unfortunately neither Steve or Nigel can make the 19th, please contact us via email or phone

Monday, 22 August 2011

Bus changes

Bath. Terminus has been moved from the Bus Station to University of Bath and the route
changed to serve Frome Road (Sainsbury’s) instead of Midford Road. Pulteney Road will no longer be served as all journeys now operate via Churchill Bridge.

All journeys will serve R.U.H grounds and Ivo Peters Road. Buses will stop on Dorchester
Street and Manvers Street instead of the Bus Station

Sexual Entertainment Venues

Bath & North East Somerset Council is consulting on whether to adopt new powers to give local people greater say over the number and location of lap dancing clubs in their area.

The Council is currently able to regulate ‘sex establishments’ such as sex shops and sex cinemas under Schedule 3 to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.


Sunday, 31 July 2011

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in the community?

Last year The Student Community Partnership worked with Somer Housing and the Awards organisers in B&NES Council to introduce the category of 'Good Neighbour' with a subcategory of 'Student Good Neighbour'. This is a great opportunity for students to be recognised for the positive contributions that they make.

Perhaps you know a someone who helps their neighbour with their gardening? or regularly helps their neighbour with their shopping? These are the types of everyday acts of kindness that we are looking to recognise with the 'Good Neighbour' category.

Please let us know

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Culverhay latest

The position of the Lib Dems towards Culverhay is that it should be kept open and:

· A co-ed school

· Girls there, sooner rather than later (2012 rather than 2013)

· The community to be taken seriously

That will start to happen with the full council meeting on Thursday 14th July, when hopefully the council repeals the Tories closure notice.

St Martin's Garden Primary School Summer Fun Day

St Martin's Garden Primary School Summer Fun Day

It is on Saturday 16th July from 11am to 2pm at the school.

Activities include a bouncy castle, tug-of-war, plant sales, beer tent and barbeque.

It is organised by the school PTFA which helps raise money for activities around the school. This year, the school is concentrating hard on fundraising because its swimming pool is about to be refurbished.

Wansdyke Road

We have reported, again, all of the pot holes outside of the Green

Sunday, 3 July 2011


We have asked for the Graffiti on the JCR building at Noad's Corner to be cleared

Kingsway potholes - again

A quick tour of Kingsway showed that the potholes are still there. Lots now reported to the council.

We are looking at ways of raising the profile of this issue

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Flashing sign on A367

Councillors welcome traffic safety initiative in Odd Down

Councillors Steve Hedges and Nigel Roberts welcome the addition of the 30 mph slow down sign on the Wellsway in Odd Down.

The sign that was bought from the council's ward councillors initiative has been installed recently.

Cllr Nigel Roberts said " We wanted this sign to be put in as there is the nearby junction to Old Fosse Road and the crossing used by Children attending nearby St. Gregory's school."

Cllr Steve Hedges added " We have been concerned about these problems for a while, we have had the bus stop moved to improve safety, this is our latest action."

Surgery details

Sunday, 29 May 2011

20 mph zones - Upper Bloomfield Road

A 20 mph zone has been requested at the last two ODD Down PACT (Partners and Communities Together Meetings) meetings, as voted for by local Odd Down residents, for the area around Upper Bloomfield Road. Now, a petition has been handed to the council signed by 41 people which was collected in only two days.

Cllr Steve Hedges said "This is one of four areas in the Odd Down Ward that should be made a 20mph zone"

Cllr Nigel Roberts added " At two public meetings there has been a request for a 20mph to slow traffic down, especially outside the CO-OP and Upper Bloomfield Road shops which has high numbers of pedestrians in the vicinity. A number of surrounding villages have had 20 mph zones, why not Odd Down ?"

St Gregory's Six Form - update May 2011

We hope this gets sorted out quickly, although there remain issues, we feel this is a good opportunity

Notice is given that the Governing Body of St. Gregory’s Catholic College hereby withdraws the
statutory notice and complete proposal to expand the age range of the school from 11-16 to 11-18 to add a sixth form published on 10 March 2011.

Explanatory Notes
This withdrawal is for purely technical reasons which will allow the Council to finalise arrangements for its funding contribution to the building of the sixth form. The governing body remains committed to the development of the sixth form and a revised proposal and statutory notice will be published in July 2011.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Advice from Police

There have been recent incidents in the Bath and North East Somerset area where persons have walked into homes and stolen items through closed, but not locked, rear doors and windows particularly patio doors. Please be advised to consider the security of your household, especially the rear doors and windows.

With the run up to summer and the warmer weather burglars will use this as an opportunity to get in through an insecure door or window and that includes small windows such as skylights or bathroom fanlights. In fact a potential thief can get through any gap that is larger than a human head.

In view of this and by taking a few simple steps, you can make summertime a hard time for these criminals.

Check all ground floor doors and windows are locked before you go out or go to bed!

Make sure your shed and garage are secure, mark your property and lock away your tools after gardening; they could be used to assist a potential opportunist thief.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Rubbish along Pennyquick

It is good that the council has cut the grass long Pennyquick sad about the amount of rubbish they have left behind

Bloomfield road bus lane - update

We have received the following email regard moving the telephone box at Bear Flat

I've spoken with BT. Works are unlikely to start on site until mid-August at the earliest.

We're awaiting further programming details from them. Their programme is partly dependent on the electricity disconnection, for which they are awaiting a date.

Bath Museum shortlisted

The Roman Baths is one of only 4 UK museums short-listed for The Art Fund Prize. Please vote for us now! http://artfundprize.org.uk/2011/vote/

We received this email from the director of the museum. The link to vote is above

Unbelievably, the Roman Baths has made it through to the short-list of 4 museums for The Art Fund Prize 2011, for which there is a prize of £100,000. If we were lucky enough to win, this would go towards a new education centre for the Roman Baths.

If you voted for us before, THANK YOU! Your support put us in a strong third place in the popular vote which, even though it doesn't count towards the decision, is noted by the judges in reaching their decisions.

If you didn't vote for us but would like to do so now, click on the link above.

Remember that you can only vote once - but can do so from different email addresses, in your own time of course.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Junction outside the CO-OP

Pleased to see the yellow lines put in eventually, hopefully will aid visibility

Opening Hours at Sainsburys - Odd Down

Don't look at the web site they are wrong.

They are

Sunday 10.00-16.00
Mon-Sat 07.00-22.00

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Houses around Odd Down

The core strategy is document that decides where houses are built in B&NES. The next stage is a public meeting chaired by an inspector nominated by the government. His decision is binding on the council. We will be putting forward thoughts to the inspector.

See below to find out how

Submission of the Bath & North East Somerset Core Strategy

I am writing to inform you that the Council has submitted its Core Strategy and associated documents to the Secretary of State on 3rd May 2011 for independent examination.

All submission documents are available to view on the Council’s website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/corestrategy, and at the following Council offices on Mondays –Thursdays (9.00am – 5.00pm), Fridays (9.00am - 4.30pm):

- The Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW;

- The Hollies, Midsomer Norton, Bath, BA3 2DP;

- Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA

and, at all public libraries in the District, including the mobile libraries, during opening hours.

Simon Emerson BSc DipTP MRTPI is the Inspector appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Core Strategy is sound and it is anticipated that the hearings will take place in September 2011. The Programme Officer, Chris Banks, will act as the contact point for any person who has made representations on the Draft Core Strategy, and as a liaison between the Inspector, the Council and examination participants.

C/O Banks Solutions

21 Glendale Close

Horsham, West Sussex

RH12 4GR.

Tel: 01403 253148 (Direct)

Mob: 07817 322750

Skype: 01273 782194

email: chris.banks@zen.co.uk

Copies of the representations on the Draft Core Strategy are available to be viewed at the Guildhall, Bath and a schedule of the representations can also be viewed on the Council’s website. The Council’s initial responses to issues raised through the representations have been forwarded to the Inspector and are included in the Regulation 30(1)(e) Statement available at the above locations and the Council’s website.

If you have any queries please contact the Planning Policy team by phoning 01225 477548 or e-mailing planning_policy@bathnes.gov.uk. Similarly if you no longer want to remain on our mailing list to be kept informed about the next stages of the Core Strategy, please advise us.

Odd Down Community association meeting - grant awards

The last of the money from the section 106 money from Clark's has been allocated as follows. I hope I got this right !

For the boxing club we weren't sure how much they wanted, so we could allocate them any money.

Toilets phase 2: Youth & Community Centre
(total cost £18,000 grant so far £15,524)
Youth Music project: phase 2
(total cost £9417 grant so far £6,426 remainder needed £2991)
Youth groups’ equipment: Manna House
(New Manna House grant so far £20,333 – total cost £4,290)
Play surface: St. Philip’s School Infants playground
(contribution towards total cost £23,018 - £15,000 already raised)
Odd Down Football Club: football strip for youth team
Bath Boxing Club: St Martin’s Garden School
Brownies: URC Church Odd Down
(Tables/chairs/camera/DVD player/games equip/cooking equip)
Parents & Toddlers Group, Salvation Army, Odd Down
(Bouncy castle & pump/trampoline/sand & water pits/storage)
Children’s activities (5yrs to 11yrs): Salvation Army, Odd Down
(Pool table/basket ball/art & craft/badminton/balls/air hockey table)
Total 11573
Allocation 11573

Monday, 9 May 2011

Council IT - iPad, or PC

The council is changing the way it provides council papers, to save money. So do we take an iPad or a laptop. We are worried that the savings will not be possible, a new laptop and an iPad seem expensive

Election results

Steve and Nigel would like to thank all those in Odd Down that voted for them

Election Candidate Party Votes %
Steve Hedges Liberal Democrats 1016 31% Elected
Nigel John Roberts Liberal Democrats 858 26% Elected
Liz Vincent Labour Party 381 12% Not elected
Nicolas de Larrinaga Conservative Party 378 11% Not elected
Dominic Barrington Tristram Green Party 343 10% Not elected
Meredith Alun Lloyd Conservative Party 328 10% Not elected

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Roundabouts - planting(2)

We have been told that the whole roundabout has now been sprayed, so the grass will die off over the next week or two, before planting the seeds

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Trees in Ambleside Road - near bus stop

We have contacted the council regarding the trees near the 17 stop over bus stop

These trees were inspected in October 2009 and routine works were carried out following on from this inspection. They are programmed to be inspected every 3 years so are due to be inspected next year. I have seen the bark wound and it was been recorded at the last inspection, and was taken into account when specifying the works carried out. Whilst a wound such as this is not good for the tree, the tree can grow quite well with the wound for many years.

Banwell Road Pot Holes

The council defines a pot holes as

"A pothole is a sharp edged depression in the carriageway greater than 30mm deep. The severity of a pothole is determined by the risk it poses to road users. This is difficult to judge since all potholes present some risk. Potholes should be reported immediately to Council Connect. " Obviously these potholes are less than 30 mm deep, but they are an issue. When cars and buses go over they cause a noise, and they are getting any better, that is why something needs to be done

Pennyquick Closes - 16th May for 3 days

The council is planning to close Pennyquick for a while - might make Rush Hill quiet for a while

Notice is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended intends to make an order the effect of which will be to close temporarily to vehicles that length of Pennyquick, extending from its junction with Newton Road to its junction with Clays End Road.

This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road consequent upon carriageway resurfacing and will be operative from the 16th May 2011 for a maximum period of six months. However, the restriction may not be effected for the whole of the period but it is anticipated that the road will be closed as and when traffic signs are in position and only for so long as is necessary to execute the works which it is anticipated will be for THREE DAYS.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTEPennyquick (unaffected part), A4 Bristol Road, A36 Lower Bristol Road, A367 (Wells Road, Wellsway), A3062 Frome Road, Rush Hill, Whiteway Road.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Roundabouts - planting

This is what the council is suggesting, please give us your thoughts

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bus Service Changes

Bath – Peasedown – Radstock – Midsomer Norton – Wells
Bath – Peasedown - Midsomer Norton – Keynsham - Bristol

Sunday daytime 173 service will run commercially. Sunday evening 173 supported journeys will no longer operate between Midsomer Norton and Wells. These journeys operate between Bath and Midsomer Norton only and are re-numbered 178.

Bank Holiday timetable operates as Sunday timetable. All journeys are supported.

Oldfield Park Station

We re asking First Great Western whether there is a regular satrting palce for the replacement bus service for Oldfield Park Station, as it is confusing often going from different places

Wansdyke Path

We continue to speak to the officers about the state of the Wansdyke Path, helped by a local resident. This is complicated by the Wansdyke being an ancient Scheduled monument, but the council has a duty to maintain footpath its own, something needs to happen.

White lines at Junctions in Kingsway

We have asked for white lines at the junction in Marsden Road and Ambleside Road and Ambleside Road and Edgeworth Road. Several residents have said that some car drivers are confuse about the correct right of way.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Georginan View pot holes

There are a large number of potholes in Georgian View, it re-inforces our view that it would save time and money if the whole of Kingsway was re-surfaced. In next years plan for road works the area again has been missed out, if this had been the centre of Bath where the tourists are would it have been different ?

Sainsbury's Odd Down

Progress is being made for the store to open, yesterday was a taster day. You can read more here


They have chosen as their charity Freewheelers http://www.freewheelers.org.uk/ as it says on the web site

Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service is a registered charity and winner of the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service, which provides an out-of-hours emergency motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Speed bumps in Sulis Meadows

We have asked the council to have a look at the speed bump at the Junction of Sulis Manor Road and Wellway Park in Sulis Meadows one of the edging stones looks loose

Crossing in Wellsway

One thing we have been concerned for a while is the crossing on the Wellsway. The bus stop was quite close to the crossing so if a bus stopped the cross was obscured. There is little that can be done now to improve that situation.

We were also worried about the light the council has looked at this and this is their response.

"issued a works order to Siemens to install longer hoods on all 6 lenses from the one direction, which they should hopefully do for us tomorrow. "

Friday, 25 March 2011

Culverhay - survey

To support the need for Culverhay to go co-ed the Culverhay Action Group is running a survey

Would you consider sending your child to a new co-educational Free School on the Culverhay site?

A ‘Free School’ is fundamentally the same as an Academy; funded directly by central government and accountable to central government, but with more input from parents and the community. It has the same legal requirements as Academies and would enjoy the same flexibilities to help deliver an excellent education and drive up standards. It would be ‘Free’ in the sense that it would be, like Academies, free from local authority control.

Our co-educational Free School will look and feel just like a normal school. It will be fully inclusive and we will ensure that it is at the hub of our community, offering adult education, evening classes, keep fit activities, school holiday children’s club and any other services that the community requests.

Please show your support for a new Co-Ed school on the Culverhay site by completing this survey, adding any other activities that you would like offered.


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Odins Road Play area - grant application

Somer have bid for a grant for the play area, here is the details

As the Community Initiatives Officer I am currently looking at all the Play Areas that Somer Community Housing Trust own across Bath & North East Somerset and this particular one stands out as in desperate need of some TLC. It could become a well used and loved play space for all the community to use but instead at the moment initial consultations indicate that parents and carers do not want to use it for some of the reasons already mentioned. Somer have a limited budget which has to stretch across 21 play areas and I feel that this one would benefit from an extra boost that this fund could provide. I have only just heard about this opportunity (5pm deadline day) hence why I am applying at such late notice! However I know that the local community would support and be behind this bid. Thank You for considering Odins Road Play Area.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Street lights Somerdale Avenue

The council is aware of the fault. The problem is with western power. The council has passed the details to them last Wednesday. They have their own time scales to fix faults and are obliged to fix faults like this within 25 days.

20A/20C new timetable

With money from Sainsbury's it was all the council asked for to solve the problems.

There have been some upgrades to the 20A/20C - we have uploaded them here



Please let us know if you have any comments

Please find below a summary of how bus services will be affected during road resurfacing works on the Wellsway A367 at Odd Down in Bath during the week commencing 21st March. The road closure will be in place from 7pm until approximatley 6am the following morning.

Whilst the closure is in place buses will not service the stops at Mendip Gardens, Oolite Grove and The Beeches in Odd Down.

Apart from these stops, bus services will only be significantly effected on Monday evening

41 Odd Down Park & Ride service

On Monday 21st March, the service will run at its scheduled times until 7pm. After 7pm the service will run every 30 minutes, leaving the city centre at 1900, 1930, 2000 and 2030.

178 Service

On Monday 21st March the following services will be severely diverted:

2115 from Bath (Wessex Connect)

2215 from Bath (Wessex Connect)

2305 from Bath (Wessex Connect)

2020 from Bristol (Wessex Connect)

2213 from Paulton (Wessex Connect)

2351 from Midsomer Norton (First)

These services will not be able to serve stops between Bath Bus Station and Radstock Victoria Hall (missing stops at Peasedown St John, Dunkerton and Odd Down).

From Bath, the service will divert via the A4, A39 and A37, picking up it's regular route at Radstock Victoria Hall.

For services heading in the opposite direction (towards Bath) the service will run direct to Bath from Radstock, Victoria Hall - via the A37, A39 and A4.

179 Service

On Monday 21st March the following trips will be effected:

2105 and 2300 from Bath

2203 from Midsomer Norton

To/From Bath via A39/A4


Midsomer Norton

Whilst the road closure is in place, these services will divert as shown on the map and will not serve all of its usual stops in Farmborough, Timsbury, Meadgate and Tunley.

Passengers in Farmborough should catch this service from the Butchers Arms.

Please note: buses heading towards Bath will serve the stop with the Green shelter; buses heading towards Midsomer Norton will serve the stop with the brick shelter.

Passengers in Timsbury should catch this service from the stops opposite the sports field on Bloomfield Road (the road heading towards Farmborough).

Please Note: buses heading towards Bath will serve the stop with the green shelter; buses heading towards Midsomer Norton will serve the stop on the same side as the cricket pitch.

Whilst the road closure is in place, the 179 service will not serve any of its usual stops between Timsbury and Bath City Centre.

Frome Road yellow lines removed

The council has published this Notice


NOTICE is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council proposes to make an order under provisions contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended the effect of which will extend the prohibition of waiting in a length of Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath and introduce prohibition of waiting in Sainsbury’s Access Road.

The future for Culverhay

The Department of Education have now released the new process and application forms. The Group will be working on our submission over the next few weeks to ensure we have a detailed and attraction offer ready for submitting by mid May. Visit our website where we will be posting regular updates on our progress.
Please can you continue to spread the word amongst your friends about Sirius Wood School and be sure to direct them to the website - www.siriuswoodschool.com, where they can complete the survey.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Siansbury's Odd Down taster

Date Saturday 2ND April
Venue St Philips & St James church hall
Time 11.00-15.00
We will have local suppliers tasting along with cooking demonstration from a member of the Try team.

We will also have a cat walk show and a variety of displays from the departments that will be in store. Our chosen charity partner will also be in attendance.
A great chance to meet the whole team and see what we will have to offer when we open.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Culverhay - last chance for Conservatives to get it right

Might be the last opportunity for the conservatives to get it right

The Chairman of the Children and Young People Overview & Scrutiny Panel, Councillor Sally Davis has asked that a meeting of the Panel takes place on Monday 21st March 2011 at 5.30pm in the Council Chamber, Guildhall, Bath to discuss the Call-in of Decision E2233 'Determination of Statutory Notice to close Culverhay School'.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

173 changes

There is a change to the 173

Service withdrawn on Sunday evenings and Public Holidays due to withdraw of subsidy
from Somerset County Council.

The public transport team have put out to tender a replacement for the withdrawn service
and are currently awaiting the results of this tender.

41 additional services

The 41 (P&R bus) will operate additionally on 6th March (Bath Half Marathon) and on 22nd April (Good Friday).

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Puddle entrance to Odins Road

We have asked the council to look at the big puddle at the entrance to Odins Road, little point in having the dropped kerb

Pot Hole watch again - Cranmore Place

A few reported in Cranmore Place, another road that should be re-surfaced

Friday, 25 February 2011

Free School to replace Culverhay ?

The school is trying to fight back - please come along

There is a meeting on Tuesday 1 March at Culverhay from 7-9pm to inform and answer questions on the proposal for a free school to replace Culverhay. It is also a means of gauging interest in the concept as the current level of support will be evidence backing the proposal when it goes to the DfE.

Culverhay Closure

The Conservative Cabinet have announced the Closure of Culverhay, the wrong decision for Bath and the Community it serves.

The Culverhay closure decision has been listed in this weeks weekly list as having been taken.

Please see here for the decision register:


NB: Call-in deadline date: 04/03/2011

Please see here for the details:


Thursday, 24 February 2011

St Gregory's Six Form - new application

We have received this about St. Gregory's

St Gregory’s re-submits plans for sixth form development

Capital allocation confirmed by B&NES Council

St. Gregory’s Catholic College in Odd Down has just announced that it has re-submitted its application for outline planning permission for a sixth form development on a site next to the school. Headteacher Raymond Friel said, ‘the original plans needed more technical work on key aspects such as ecology, transport and planning policy justification. We commissioned further reports and now feel that the scheme is very well thought through and hopefully will answer any remaining questions the local planning authority may have.’

B&NES Planning Officers will now consult on the submission before a final decision is made, probably around May of this year. St Gregory’s plans can be viewed on the Council’s Public Access System (ref. No. 11/00468/OUT) or on the school’s website (www.st-gregory’s.bathnes.sch.uk) under Sixth Form Planning Application.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Planning Appeal 10/04039/FUL

This is Land At Rear Of 4 Bloomfield Drive Bloomfield Drive Bloomfield Bath

Should you wish to make any additional comments regarding the appeal, these should be sent in writing to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/25 Hawk Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN within 6 weeks of the starting date quoted above.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Railings at Clarks

We have passed on these to be fixed

Gate at Lymspham Green

We have asked for the gate to be fixed as discussed at the last PACT meeting

Pot Hole Frome Road

This one is close to the roundabout at Clarks. Part of pot hole watch

Odd Down PACT Meeting

An Odd Down PACT Meeting took place on Thursday 17th February 2011 at St Philips School. The following priorities were agreed at that meeting:
    • Traffic not stopping for pedestrian crossing on A367 (near to Red Lion Roundabout). (Police to monitor/B&NES to investigate changing to pelican crossing).
    • 20mph limit on Upper Bloomfield Road. (B&NES to consider speed pipes data/traffic measures) Councillors to consider supporting issues.
    • Noisy car exhausts (Police to monitor/action as appropriate)
The panel members will now work towards resolving these priorities and will report back at the next PACT Meeting which is scheduled for Thursday 22 June 2011 at 7PM at St Philip's School, Bloomfield Rise, Bath.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Community Nuttery

I have been out today planting Walnuts and other nut trees in Widcombe as part of Transition Bath


As they say on the web site

Transition Bath is a local environmental organisation whose aim is to build a sustainable future by harnessing the power of community in the face of declining natural resources and increasing fuel and food costs. We support moving to a low carbon, local economy and building positive, self reliant communities.

It would be nice to look for a similar site in Odd Down

Corston View allotments

Progress is being made, we have received this information

"These have now been marked out and the water is now installed, all I am waiting for is our admin team to allocate them to tenants on the waiting list, so I will chase them up and hopefully letters will be out next week."

Monday, 7 February 2011

Roman Baths

Please vote for the Roman Baths Museum which has been long-listed for the Art Fund Prize 2011 -

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Wansdyke Path

The council is looking at what can be done, cutting down the scrub and making this footpath better. This has not been helped by the cuts to English Heritage.

Pot Hole Frome Road

Pleased to see another pothole filled in, please let us know if there are any others you see

Saturday, 29 January 2011


An interesting video produced by one of the students


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

A367 - Wellsway resurfacing

We have received notice that from the Frome Road junction roundabout to junction with the Park and Ride roundabout will be resurfaced. This should happen 21st March - 25th March

We are pleased that is going to happen, but we are still waiting for Kingsway to be re-surfaced as well.

No parking along Frome Road near Sainsbury's

The council is to introduce no parking along Frome Road, we have received this email.

"SCHEME: Introduction of No Waiting At Any Time restriction, Frome Road, Bath. In relation to the new Sainsburys.The above scheme is being progressed as part of the Parking Services programme of works. I include a copy of the plan showing the details of the proposals. "

The plans can be seen at http://www.odddownlibdems.org.uk/finalplanJanuary2011.jpg

Monday, 24 January 2011

Core strategy deadline approaches

Core strategy - this is the planning document for Bath and North East Somerset, although the threat of extra houses around Odd Down has reduced, please write in.

Just a reminder that the deadline for 'representations' on the draft core strategy is 3rd February 2011.

Here is the link to the core strategy page on the council website: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/environmentandplanning/planning/localdevelopmentscheme/pages/corestrategy.aspx

Please note that comments at this stage must be "restricted to issues of soundness and legal compliance (either to challenge or support)". Please refer to this link which has the guidance notes explaining how this works:


And here is a link to the response form, for reference:


Sainsbury's web site for Odd Down store

Sainsbury's has a web site for the Odd Down store


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Gynae Cancer services at the RUH

We have received this press release, we are pleased about the outcome expecting ill patients to go to the BRI is too much, parking is awful as well as the extra distance to travel. Parking there is far worse than the RUH.

Surgical treatment for complex gynaecological cancers will continue to be provided at the RUH following new government guidance on “service reconfiguration” a B&NES Council panel heard yesterday.

Liberal Democrat Councillors and Don Foster MP have been campaigning since 2007 against a proposal to move treatment to the United Hospital in Bristol.

Service changes are now subject to a ‘four tests’ process, brought in by the new government, rather than the ‘substantial variation’ test which was previously considered and invoked by Councillors on the Council’s health panel. Under the new tests it has been decided that the reconfiguration proposal should not be progressed.

Councillor Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst (Liberal Democrat, Newbridge) commented:

“I am delighted by the decision by NHS B&NES not to pursue the changes to the gynae cancer service. We have always argued that there would be no benefit to patients in moving surgical treatment to Bristol and the plans were fiercely opposed by patient groups.

“The solution which has been adopted means that the staff at the RUH and the UHB will work together in a joint multi-disciplinary team. This should mean that patients get the best of both worlds – access to a larger and more specialised team whilst still being able to access treatment at their local hospital. There is a proven track record with this system already being used following a review of head and neck cancer services. Patients are extremely happy with the service.”

Don Foster MP also welcomed the announcement, adding:

“We have supported campaigners who did not wish to see this service moved from the start. The RUH provides an excellent service to the local area and I am delighted that surgical treatments will continue to be provided in Bath. ”

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Pothole watch again

This time lots of pot holes have been reported in Wansdyke Road opposite the Green

Saturday, 15 January 2011

More pot holes, this time Ambleside Road

What is annoying, as you can see from the picture, the hole is next a recent patch. We have asked the Conservative Councillor in charge of highways several times, all the patching is not work, why don't just re-tarmac the road ?

Pot hole alert - Frome Road crossing

We have asked for the pothole in Frome Road crossing to be repaired

Clarks road surfaces done

After work by residents and Nigel and Steve, it was good to see the roads done. A little work in places needs to be done on the pavements, but at least a start. We don't look that pleased, but it was cold !

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Grit bins press release

We have put out the following press relase, it doesn't seem to make sense to us, that residents can see roads that are gritted but can't get there ! Why not let residents groups have grit to help people get around.

The recent wintry weather has again highlighted the need for more grit bins to be available for residents to use, according to Liberal Democrat Councillors in Bath.

Snow and ice before Christmas made the roads and pavements in many residential areas dangerously slippery to use or even impassable. In some cases the main roads, only a short distance away, were clear, but conditions in side roads prevented residents from getting out.

Councillor Dine Romero (Liberal Democrat, Southdown) has previously tried to use some of her Councillor ward ‘allowance’ to provide extra grit bins for Southdown but was prevented from doing so by Council policy.

Councillors are now calling on the Council to change its policy towards residential grit bins and gritting to (1) encourage more grit bins and community action to keep pavements and residential roads clear and (2) to investigate the use of gritting wheelbarrows and where these can be located and looked after.

Councillor Romero said:

“This policy has prevented residents from having grit bins in areas where they are needed and is clearly nonsense. This winter is the second in a row which has seen severe cold snaps and all the signs are that this trend will continue.

“Having more grit bins available to residents would enable them to work together to clear their residential streets. This would be good news for community spirit as well as for the economy and the hospitals which would have fewer broken bones and twisted ankles to deal with!”

Councillor Nigel Roberts (Liberal Democrat, Odd Down) added:

“I have been contacted by a local resident about the possibility of getting gritting wheelbarrows for residents’ use. If these were left with neighbourhood watch coordinators they would be safe and would spread the correct amount of grit, as it is difficult to spread grit evenly when using a spade. In the long run, a supply of gritting wheelbarrows could save money and this alternative suggestion should also be investigated.”

Monday, 10 January 2011

Budget for the mayor

Charter Trustee budget of City of Bath precept reduced by 4 pence to £6.58 on a band D property, got to be good in this economic climate, would add the majority of councillors on this committee = Lib Dem, unlike the main council, which is majority Conservative.

Friday, 7 January 2011

17 Bus service

The 17 Bus service is being change slightly on it Sunday and bank holiday timetable to improve punctuality, starting 6th February

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Old Fosse Road Close 7 January

We have just received this from the council.

I write to notify you of the Authorities intention to close Old Fosse Road this Friday the 7th of January between 9.30am and 3.30pm to undertake urgent carriageway repairs.

Following the recent thaw after the prolonged cold spell a number of areas of carriageway at Old Fosse Road have been affected (see attached example) and are in need of permanent repair, further to some temporary emergency works already undertaken.

Temporary road signs are to be installed tomorrow morning to advise residents and highway users of the intended road closure.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Councillors Surgery

Just a reminder that we have a weekly surgery, this takes place at the institute of St. Philip's Church on Frome Road 10 - 11 every Saturday.

This is the only weekly surgery in Bath and North East Somerset