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

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:

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