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!

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, 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


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 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