Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Thursday, 20 December 2012

PACT meeting April 2013

The next Odd Down PACT meeting will be 23rd April 2013 at St. Philips Church Hall.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Free warmer home check-ups for elderly and disabled

A brand new service provider funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council offering practical supporting elderly, disabled people of any age, and vulnerable people to support them to live in warm, safe, and secure homes is offering free home check-ups in the run-up to Christmas and into the New Year.

West of England Care is now providing Home Improvement Agency services to residents in partnership with the Council in an initiative funded by the Department of Health. They offer practical help services such as small repairs, minor home adaptations and housing related advice including support to make choices about where to live.

West of England Care; Repair can help on most housing issues from repairing a leaking tap, to replacing a bath with a walk-in shower to re-wiring your house.

Residents can also find out more about help available to keep warm at home and prepare for severe winter weather by contacting the Council Home Energy Team on 0800 082 2234.

Advice and support on applying for grants and benefits for housing work and help fundraise for clients on low incomes is also available on 0300 323 0700 or visit www.wecr.org.uk

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Households in Bath retain weekly bin collections thanks to Government scheme

Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath has welcomed the news that 73,993 homes in Bath and North East Somerset will have their weekly waste and recycling services safeguarded thanks to a new scheme from the Coalition Government.
One of 85 Councils to benefit from the Weekly Collection Support Scheme, Bath and North East Somerset Council will receive £2,185, 082 to support weekly waste and recycling collections, reward environmental improvements in the community and increase recycling levels.
Commenting, Dave Dixon, Liberal Democrat Councillor and B&NES Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods welcomed the news:
“Bath and North East Somerset Council genuinely had a choice as to whether or not to move to fortnightly waste collections.
“As a result of this funding we have been able to stick by our commitment to not alter waste and recycling collections over the next four years. This ties in very well with the contract end dates with our current operators.”

Works at Bear Flat

There have been many complaints about the works at Bear Flat, connecting Bloomfield Road and Wellsway. One issue has been the sight lines due to the old toilet block, something is going to be done. 

Ward: Lyncombe App Ref: 12/04990/REG03
Registered: 22nd November 2012 Expiry Date: 17th January 2013
Location: Former Public Toilets Bloomfield Road Bloomfield Bath
Grid Ref: (E)374589 - (N)163776 LB Grade: N/A
Proposal: Infilling of existing toilets and associated ground works to meet vehicle visibility requirements. (Revised proposal)
Officer: Alice Barnes
Applicant: B&NES Council Agent: Property Services (Bath & NE Somerset

Friday, 30 November 2012

Bus consultation for the 14a

The council is carrying out a consultation 
Bath - Weston

To consider whether financial support should be provided to retain late evening journeys on service 14A that links Odd Down and Weston to Bath city centre.

Hard copies of the documents are also available; if these are required please contact Richard Smith on 01225 477604 orRichard_Smith@bathnes.gov.uk.

Responses to the consultation are invited in writing.  Please send your comments electronically to transportation@bathnes.gov.uk, or alternatively please write to

Bus Services Consultation
B&NES Public Transport
Temple Street
BS31 1LA

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Christmas tree festival - we will be there

St Philip & St James Church
Christmas Tree Festival
Saturday 8th December 2012
3pm 9pm

29th November, 2012

The exhibition will open with a festive programme on Saturday 8thDecember from 3pm to 9pm when the whole community areinvited to bring along friends and family to take in the sight ofdozens of illuminated Christmas trees and enjoy the celebrations.There will be seasonal refreshments and mulled beveragesa visit from Santa Claus, a live band and community Carols.
During the evening Christmas trees will be judged for WOW Factor’ and ‘Most Original’.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

New Bollards outside of the CO-OP Upper Bloomfield Road

There has been some concern from local residents about cars parking on the pavement in Upper Bloomfield Road. The council is to put in two bollards to stop this happening

Planning Application

Ward: Odd Down App Ref: 12/04714/FUL
Parish: N/A
Registered: 8th November 2012 Expiry Date: 3rd January 2013
Location: Red Lion Quarry Frome Road Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset
Grid Ref: (E)373791 - (N)162247 LB Grade: N/A
Proposal: Replacement of extractor fan outlet (Retrospective).
Officer: Chris Griggs-Trevarthen
Applicant: Spray Tec Agent: SM Harris And Associates
1A Red Lion Quarry
Frome Road
Odd Down
Bath And North East Somerset

This is welcome, as we know this has caused a few issues

Friday, 23 November 2012

Households in Bath to retain weekly bin collections

Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath has welcomed the news that 73,993 homes in Bath and North East Somerset will have their weekly waste and recycling services safeguarded thanks to a new scheme from the Coalition Government.

One of 85 Councils to benefit from the Weekly Collection Support Scheme, Bath and North East Somerset Council will receive £2,185, 082 to support weekly waste and recycling collections, reward environmental improvements in the community and increase recycling levels.

The £250 million fund was set up by the Department for Communities and Local Government to support comprehensive and cost effective weekly collections that harness innovation, use new technology and spread reward schemes to increase recycling.

Commenting, Don Foster who is also a Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government said:

“Research shows that people value weekly rubbish collections and this funding will allow B&NES Council to maintain its excellent waste collection and recycling service.”

“That the full amount bid for has been granted is great news for Bath residents and a testimony to the quality of the bid that B&NES Council submitted.”

“Regular refuse and recycling collections play a vital role in keeping our city clean and this scheme will help ensure that Bath continues to be a great place to live and visit.”

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Tumps rubish Dumped

There has been an amount of rubbish dumped at the Tumps, it appears that some of it is legitimate, that it was agreed by the council, but the majority was illegal. We have spoken to the council about getting this dealt with as soon as possible.

Clarks - wrong development too big

We have sent the following email

I would ask that the application comes to committee if the application is recommended for approval:

That this land represents one of the few employment opportunities in Bath, with land being scarce. Placing a care home on the site is contrary to original application. The title of the land states it purpose "Crescent Office Park"

That the care home parking will spill on to exist roads that weren't designed for the purpose. Currently users of the current units are using the land for overspill parking. There is absence of a travel plan for the employees using the home. 
That the size of the development will be seen from a sensitive hill over looking the city as with the current crescent park buildings.

That the scale and size of the development will affect those trees with a TPO order upon them

Slow down sign in Old Fosse Road

A new speed awareness sign has been installed in Old Fosse Road, this sign can be altered from 30 mph to 20 mph when Old Fosse Road becomes part of the city wide 20 mph area.

Cllr Steve Hedges said " The traffic calming in Old Fosse Road has helped a bit, but not for all drivers, we hope this sign will help to slow traffic."  

Cllr Nigel Roberts added, " The sign can be turned around if we find that speeding is only happening one way." 

20 MPH rolls out to Kingsway and Bloomfield Drive areas.  

 A consultation is going on on whether Kingsway and the areas around Bloomfield Drive should become a 20 mph zone. Your Lib Dem councillors feel that not all traffic may obey the speed limits, but it is important that we identify these as residential areas , speed kills.    The consultation for Old Fosse Road and surrounding roads will take place next year.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Consultation on bus services

Bath & North East Somerset Council is consulting on the appropriate priorities for Bus Revenue Support funding for the 2013/14 financial year. 
The Council currently spends around £1 million per annum on supported bus services, but faces competing pressures for this funding if services are to be maintained or improved.
In 2013/14 additional costs would be incurred if the Council continues to upgrade services and wishes to maintain the half-hourly frequencies on two core bus service corridors in Bath. 
Analysis of the current provision of supported bus services has identified some that are not well-used, some that offer relatively poor value for money, and some for which there are alternatives on other bus or train services. Consideration has also been given to the opportunities for community transport providers to expand their flexible, demand-responsive services to provide alternatives for passengers. 
We are therefore consulting with representatives, parishes, and stakeholders to obtain their views on the specific service developments and potential changes to services before a final proposal is decided on by Cabinet in February 2013.  
We welcome responses from all residents, groups, and communities and parishes that may be affected by these changes. 
This consultation will close on Wednesday 12th December 2012

Houses in multiple occupancy consultation

We have received this from the council

The consultation on additional licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) is well underway and all the drop-in consultation events have been carried out.

So far we have received around 160 responses to the online consultation which is a good start – but we need to try and encourage more engagement and more people to respond.  The 3 main Wards affected are Oldfield, Westmoreland and Widcombe but small areas of other Wards are also included such as Twerton, Bathwick and Lyncombe.  The consultation also gives people the opportunity to tell us if the area proposed is correct or not and many people I have spoken to have questioned why the whole of Bath is not going to be covered – so this has the potential to affect many other Wards.  

A map of the proposed area is shown here.

The consultation is due to end on the 30th November so I request that you use the next 3 weeks to galvanise your residents and encourage further participation in the consultation.  If residents are keen for additional licensing to happen or have strong views on where and what it should cover then we really need to hear from them.

A copy of all the consultation documents is also available in Moorland Road Library and the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street.

Planning Policy

The consultation on the Article 4 Direction supplementary planning policy (SPD) is also underway and due to end on the same date.  To view the consultation and respond please visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmo

Best wishes,

Monday, 5 November 2012

Bus stop outside of United Reformed Church

We have asked the council to repair the timetable on the bus stop outside of United Reform Church in Frome Road.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Start at St. Gregory's Sixth Form

It has been confirmed that site works on the St. Gregory’s sixth form on Combe Hay Lane will begin on Monday 29th October. The main contractor is ER Hemmings.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

PACT priorities

These were the PACT priorities from last Thursdays meeting

Parking outside the School (St.. Philips)

Set up public meeting with School, police, highways, councillors, and cabinet members re - above

Road sweeping outside the School, (leaves) and stop the School blowing leaves onto road outside School

Sunday, 21 October 2012

New Clarks residential home planning application

Odd Down App Ref: 12/04063/OUT

10th October 2012 Expiry Date: 9th January 2013
Crescent Office Park Clarks Way Odd Down Bath
(E)373178 - (N)162650 LB Grade: N/A
Erection of a residential care home (Use Class C2) with associated car parking and servicing
Sarah James

If you have any comments please contact us or contact the councils planning department www.bathnes.gov.uk

New signals ahead sign Frome Road

As the crossing has been there for a while we have asked for the sign to be removed

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Resurfacing in Kingsway

We have been asked why certain parts of Kingsway have not been resurfaced. Below is the reply from the council. 

Marsden Road was taken out of the programme due to the impending utilities  works (gas I think). When Marsden is surfaced, probably next year’s programme, the material will be laid into the bell mouths of the adjacent roads to match up with the surface laid this time.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Bath re-cycling centre closed

Recycling centre in Bath, the dates are confirmed as 8th October to 3rd December

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Odd Down Community Association meeting

The Annual General meeting of the Odd Down Community Association will be held at the Odd Down Youth & Community Centre in Odin's Road at 7.30pm on Friday, 9th November 2012. It is hoped the meeting will include information about the planned developments of a cycle track and sporting facilities on the Odd Down Playing fields. 

Please let any resident of Odd Down community know they will be welcome to come to this meeting.

This mailing list was compiled 2 years ago with a regular additions. If you do not wish to remain on this circulation please send an e-mail asking for yourself to be removed.

Odd Down Community Association Executive

Changes to bus services

We have had notice from the council that First is changing the timetables for 14/14a and the 17. Please look at timetables.

The good news is also the 14 is due to get real time information shortly

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Recycling centre closed

Bath Recycling Centre at Midland Road will be closed for essential works for 8 weeks during October and November 2012.
We need to close Bath Recycling Centre  for essential works for approximately 8 weeks during October and November 2012. We will confirm the exact dates as soon as we can in the next few weeks and publicise these here and elsewhere. The works will be completed as quickly as possible and the site reopened as soon as it can.
We know that this closure will be inconvenient, the council advise people to us
  • Use our other two Recycling Centres at
Keynsham – Pixash Lane, BS31 1TP
Old Welton – Wheelers Hill, Midsomer Norton BA3 2AA
  • Use our kerbside green box, blue bag, food waste, garden waste and rubbish collection fully.
  • Use our recycling banks at
a.    Morrisons supermarket car park, London Road for (paper, cans, plastic household packaging, glass bottles and jars and food/drink cartons).
b.    Co-op supermarket cark park, Keynsham for (paper, cans, plastic household packaging, glass bottles and jars).
  • Store non urgent items until the Bath Recycling Centre reopens.

20mph proposals for part of Odd Down

This is for the areas around Bloomfield Drive, and Kingsway. The rest of Odd Down is due later as part of another part of this project.

We support this proposal as it will help slow down speeds in residential areas. We have been asked if it is a way of the police getting more money via fines. This is not the case, we would envisage that enforcement will only occur in extreme cases, where there is a high abuse.

If  you  would  like  to  know  more  about  the  20mph  speed    limit  proposals please get in touch using the contact details shown below:
Council Connect:01225 394041
E-mail: transportation@bathnes.gov.uk
Council website: www.bathnes.gov.uk/20mphspeedlimit

The roads included in this part of the programme are the residential roads within  the  boundary  shown  on  this  leaflet  plan.  A  20mph  limit  is  NOT proposed for the A367, A36, Rush Hill or Frome Road

Benefits from trials carried out in Portsmouth have shown that reducing the speed limit to 20mph has a direct positive impact on road safety and the local environment.

The 20mph limit does not involve the introduction of any physical calming measures such as speed humps. With residential support and awareness the limit will be self-enforcing.

Prominent 20mph speed limit signs will be sited  to show where the 20mph speed limit begins. “20” roundel signs will be installed at   regular intervals within the 20mph speed limit area.

St Gregory's planning application to be considered by council

We have received this information

Bath and North East Somerset Council has received an application for site below:
Site: St Gregory's Catholic College Combe Hay Lane Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset
Description: Erection of a sixth form building linked to St Gregory's Catholic College with associated highway works and landscaping at Combe Hay Lane.
Application Ref: 12/02548/REG04 Date: 17 September 2012

We are writing to advise that the application as described overleaf will be considered by the Development Control Committee at its meeting to be held on 26 September 2012 at The Guildhall, High Street, Bath commencing at 2.00 pm

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Fuller earth Update - enforcement continuing

From the last planning meeting on 29th August

Referring to the Minutes of the previous meeting, the Development Manager
reported that the Planning Inspectorate had not agreed to the enforcement notice appeals being held in abeyance.

On the basis that they were still proceeding, statements of case i.e. documentation required prior to a public local inquiry, needed
to be provided by 20th September.

She informed Members that the Inquiry would probably be held in January next year and last approximately 3-6 days.

In response to a Member’s query, the Development Manager stated that the owners in the meantime had indicated that they were disinclined to continue with the pre-application submission for a residual waste facility.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Free cycle training in Bath

The council is offering free cycling training for adults, contact cycleinstructor.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Bloomfield Drive Yellow lines

The yellow lines for the junction of Bloomfield Drive and Frome Road have been approved by the Council, but due to an oversight weren't painted. This is to be corrected imminently.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Resurfacing in Kingsway - Ambleside Road, Canons Close, and Georgian View

This is the formal notice for re-surfacing in parts of  Kingsway

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 and suspend parking for the entire length of:

  • Ambleside Road, Canons Close, and Georgian View, Southdown.

This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the roads consequent upon a micro-asphalt carriageway resurfacing treatment and will be operative from the 1st September 2012 for a maximum period of four months. However, the restrictions may not be effected for the whole of the period but it is anticipated that the roads will be restricted 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 approximately 12 hours on any one day.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE – local diversions will be signed as appropriate

We will be pushing for the other roads to be re-surfaced, Edgeworth Road and Kingsfield. Marsden Road is postponed until next year.

Expansion of Odd Down Park and Ride

Construction Start for the Expansion of Odd Down Park & Ride Site as Part of the Bath Transportation Package

The council is due to enter contracts on the construction of the Odd Down Park & Ride expansions on the 6th August.  The contractor will be Alun Griffiths and construction is expected to commence at the end of August. Ground investigations may be carried out at the site earlier in the month.

The works are scheduled to be completed later in 2012. The Park & Ride site will continue to operate during construction, with the aim being to minimise any disruption to users.

The works will see the Park & Ride site expanded with 230 new spaces, resulting in a new capacity of 1,230 spaces.

Path Ambleside Road to Rush Hill

We have asked for the path from Rush Hill to Ambleside Road to be trimmed

Park and Ride Odd Down

A new 8 year contract for Park & Ride services on a net subsidy basis has been
awarded to First Somerset & Avon.

The service will include operation on all Sundays except for Easter Sunday.

The service will include operation on Good Friday, Easter Monday, early May Bank
Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday and Summer Bank Holiday, as well as weekday Bank
Holidays in lieu of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day where those dates
fall on a weekend.

The service will include operation of all special event services, including the Bath Half Marathon and extra services, including evenings, provided at Christmas.

The service will operate using new diesel/electric hybrid powered double deck vehicles, fitted with leather seats, Wi-Fi Connectivity, and Real Time Information tracking that are due to commence service later in the year.

Recycling Depot Open Day

Recycling Depot Open Day
Ever wondered what happens to your recycling after we have collected it?
As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Bath and North East Somerset Council residents have a chance to see behind the scenes at the May Gurney Recycling Depot in Ashmead Lane, Keynsham BS31 1SX, during the morning of Saturday 8 September 2012. This is the depot where your weekly recycling is initially taken to be ‘bulked up’ before being sent to various places across the UK to be recycled into new products.
We will be offering four guided tours at 10am, 11am, 12 noon and 1pm.
You must book in advance – places limited to 20 each tour so book early. Contact Council Connect 01225 39 40 41 councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk
to find out more and book a place.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy enclosed shoes and wet weather gear if necessary, as part of the tour will be outside.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Application for Cycle Track at Odd Down

An application has been made for a permanent cycle track at Odd Down

This is something we support, this application is part of a bigger application to move the changing rooms, and improve the facilities on the playing fields.

By increasing the usage we hope that we won't get any further applications to build on the fields saving an important open space. Previously there have been applications for a school and indoor bowls.

After the war the houses at Chelwood Drive were built

If you want to make comments see below

Type of Application:Regulation 3 Application
Status:Pending Consideration
Address Of Proposal:Odd Down Playing Field, Bloomfield Road, Bloomfield, Bath,
Proposal:Provision of a cycle track comprising of a macadam finished 1.5km closed loop with intermediate turning points, the main width is 6m wide with a 200m long 8m wide finishing straight and bordered by a 3m wide grassed run-off strip extending to galvanised mesh stock fence on timber posts with timber 5 bar type stock field gates.
Planning Portal Reference Number:PP-02076269
Applicant Name:Bath & North East Somerset Council
Agent Name:Property Services (Bath & NE Somerset Council)
Agent Address:Bath And North East Somerset Council, Northgate House, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG
Case Officer Name:Rachel Tadman

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Police commissioner elections

Due to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across England and Wales in November, Mark Harper MP, the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, has directed Electoral Registration Officers to bring forward this year’s electoral registration canvass and to publish the revised register on 16 October.

The last update to the current register was published on 2 July. There will not be any updates until 16 October. 
If have no changes you can update these on line at 
Please register all elections are important 

Sunday, 8 July 2012

ST. Gregory's Planning application

Since the outline application was submitted, B&NES council has agreed to provide a long term loan for the capital construction costs and has purchased the land required for construction of the sixth form centre. However, the funding available is not sufficient to construct the sixth form centre and associated external works as set out in the approved scheme.

This still involves the stopping of Combe Hay Lane

Odd Down App Ref: 12/02548/REG04 Combe Hay 28th June 2012 Expiry Date: 27th September 2012
St Gregory's Catholic College Combe Hay Lane Odd Down Bath Bath And North East
Applicant: Council
E)373515 - (N)161719

Erection of a sixth form building linked to St Gregory's Catholic College with associated highway works and landscaping at Combe Hay Lane.

Agent: CSJ Planning Consultants
1 Host Street

C/o Mr D Quilter
Development And Major Projects
10 Palace Yard Mews

Saturday, 7 July 2012

New planning application - tattoo studio

Ward: Odd Down
Parish: App Ref:
Registered: 12/02497/FUL
Location: N/A
Grid Ref: 26th June 2012
Proposal: Expiry Date: 21st August 2012
Officer: 35 Upper Bloomfield Road Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset BA2 2RY
Applicant: (E)373552 - (N)162085
Change of use from hairdressers (A1) to tattoo studio (Sui Generis).

Heather Faulkner
Point Blank Tattoos
Fosse Lane

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Mobility Scooters on buses

We have received this email from First about mobility scooters on buses, any issues please contact us. 

Earlier this year the Confederation of Passenger Transport and the Department for Transport launched a Code of Conduct for the carriage of mobility scooters on low floor buses.  This had hitherto been something of a "grey area", not being subject to legislation, and the increasing use of mobility scooters had led to some disagreement and conflict about their suitability for carriage by bus.  Introducing the Code has sought to address this.

There remains no legislation governing the carriage of mobility scooters on local buses but it is clear that the design of modern vehicles makes them suitable for the carriage of scooters not exceeding a specified size and weight.  Following extensive consultation, and at the request of the Department for Transport, the Confederation of Passenger Transport developed a voluntary Code of Conduct for adoption by its members (which provide over 85% of the UK's local bus services) and by other operators.  Take up thus far has been considerable, with most major operators having adopted the Code.

What this means is that users of mobility scooters who want to travel by bus need to contact their local bus company for an assessment.  With their scooter, which must be of a Type 2 design (rather than the road-legal Type 3), they will be checked to ensure that the scooter's dimensions and the combined weight of scooter and user are within the limits prescribed by the Code, to ensure that they can be carried safely.  They will be asked to board a bus in a controlled environment, to move to the wheelchair area of the bus,and to alight from the bus, to ensure that they are able to control the scooter in a safe manner so as not to endanger themselves or other passengers.  Provided that they pass this assessment, they will be issued with a pass bearing their photograph, which will allow them to use the low floor bus services of the operator conducting the assessment, plus those of any other UK operator that has signed up to the Code, subject to the vehicle having capacity.

For the avoidance of doubt, users of electric wheelchairs that do not exceed the standard reference wheelchair dimensions need not be assessed and will be accepted for travel on low floor buses whenever there is capacity to accommodate them.  

First drivers and customer service staff are all trained in meeting the needs of the mobility impaired, and local assessments of scooter users are being undertaken at all First operating companies.  Please can you refer any enquiries you receive from individuals seeking advice about the use of public transport with mobility scooters to their closest bus operator, be that First or another operator.

I hope that you are able to assist us with spreading the word about the carriage of mobility scooters on low floor buses, and thereby help maximise the mobility of their users.  We would be very grateful if you could forward this information to any relevant organisations you feel should be aware of this scheme.  I am happy to provide them with information leaflets directly if they wish to let me know quantities and address details.

Play area at Vernham Grove

The work undertaken by Somer is looking good, thanks go the team that has made this happen

Planning at Bloomfield Drive/Crescent

We are asking this question at the next development control committee

Since 10/04039/FUL, Land At Rear Of 4 Bloomfield Drive, Bloomfield Drive, Bloomfield, Bath, was refused by the planning department and subsequently by the planning inspectorate at appeal, could the officers detail what has happened with regard to replacing the wall. As this was a retrospective planning permission to a grade two listed building what enforecment is expected and to what time frame

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Three ways School - cafe update

We have received this from the school

It’s now  three months since we launched the Fundraising Campaign for The Enterprise Café and Shop with Handelsbanken and Don Foster MP. We are working hard to raise the £400,000 and hope to begin the build at Three Ways Special School in the next 18 months.

We now have secured £100,000 from school funds and over £20,000 of other donations with fingers crossed for some of the Trust and Grant applications to be successful in the coming months.

If you haven’t seen it already please log onto our website and watch the amazing short film about The Café, why it’s needed and the school www.threeways.bathnes.sch.uk/pupil-zone/videos

Several local companies have now pledged their support for a new Café. Rotork have recently made a donation of £2,500 towards the project. Other companies are offering help by speaking to clients and partners to secure donations of goods and services for the Café. Procol Ltd are working to provide the furnishings and flooring for the Café for free as well as running a competition with a local college to look at naming and branding the Café. Barclays Corporate are organising a sponsored Cycle Ride during the Olympics from London to Olympia in Greece, they are looking for sponsorship and help with the fundraising.

Chris Harris, HR Manager for Rotork, commented: “Rotork has a long tradition of encouraging and helping young people to maximise their potential and the Three Ways Special School Enterprise Cafe is in tune with our culture and beliefs. We are delighted to support this worthwhile project and to be part of something that provides young people with opportunities and experiences that will stand them in good stead for the future.”

We have had some great press coverage from the launch and continue to hound the local press with good news stories about the progress.

The school want to provide young people with disabilities with more options for the future, in 2011 only 49% of disabled people were in work. By providing qualifications and experience for young people the school hope to overcome some of the boundaries to future employment and training.

Even if you can’t support the project with a huge donation every penny and every contact counts, please call or email us to sponsor the bike ride or to be involved in any way. Tweet about the project, introduce us to a company you are working with, check out our website or send in your spare change, everything will help us reach our huge target of £400,000!

Follow us on twitter at #threewaysschool

Gypsy Site consultation

On 9th May Cabinet approved the Preferred Options document for consultation. This document represents an important stage in preparing to allocate land for permanent and transit sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in Bath and North East Somerset.

The Preferred Options document sets out six sites on which the Council is seeking the views of the public, parish and town councils and other stakeholders. In addition to comments on these sites the Council will also be accepting information on any additional sites with potential for allocation in the Development Plan Document. All of the comments received will be considered in moving towards the next stage in the documents preparation and any additional sites that are considered suitable for further scrutiny will be reported back to Cabinet in September 2012.

From Wednesday the Preferred Options document can be viewed on the Council’s website at the address below:

The consultation period extends from 23 May to 18 July 2012. Copies of the Preferred Options document, along with leaflets and posters publicising the consultation are being sent today to all parish and town councils. The Council is also writing to all individuals and organisations on its Local Development Framework mailing list (made up of people who have previously expressed an interest in planning policy documents) with details of the consultation.

Please also note that a number of staffed consultation exhibitions are planned across the District. These exhibitions are still in the process of being finalised but those that have been confirmed are as follows:

·      Methodist Church Hall, Radstock, 6 June 2012, 3 – 7pm
·      Stanton Drew Parish Hall, Stanton Drew, 7 June 2012, 3 – 7pm
·      The Brunswick Room, The Guildhall, Bath, 13 June 2012, 3 – 7pm
·      Fear Hall, Keynsham, 19 June 2012, 3 – 7pm

Should further exhibitions be scheduled across the District this will be advertised on the Council website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers<http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers>.

The Preferred Options document will also be published on the Council’s website and will be available to purchase at a cost of £5 from Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath. Reference copies will also be available for inspection at the Council’s main offices and libraries. Comments can be made in writing using the comments form which is available on the Council’s website, at the Council’s main offices and libraries and at the exhibitions.

Cameras in Bath - not speed cameras

During the forthcoming week commencing 28th May 2012 and possibly at various times in the following weeks a number of junction traffic counts will be undertaken throughout the lower part of central Bath, the A4 and the A36.

These counts are required to enable an existing transportation model of the Rossiter road area to be expanded to enable the scenario testing for the Low Emission Zone Feasibility Study currently being undertaken to assess the potential for implementing vehicle emission controls for vehicles entering Bath.

The counts will be undertaken using pole mounted cameras. These cameras will be directed towards traffic and will not be used for any other purpose.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Red Lion roundabout planting

We understand that the roundabout should have been planted by now however the delay has been due to heavy ground conditions and the councilmteam will sort it as soon as they can get onto it

New start for Noad's Corner ?

We were going to start a campaign to try and sort out this neglected part of Odd Down, maybe it won't be needed. It will be interesting to see what the co-op are planning whether it is another company or themselves.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Torch Relay - travel disruption

South Gloucestershire Council will be closing the A431 road through Bitton, Longwell Green and Hanham, from 4pm for approximately two hours on 22 May. Anyone who normally uses this road is advised to plan their alternative route accordingly.

Most bus services will try to run to schedule as much as possible, but please be prepared for some disruption. The majority of bus services will operate the same routes as normal, but there will be some exceptions – please see below:

• Lansdown Park & Ride will operate to and from Queen Square instead of Milsom Street all day.
• Service 2 will operate via Ambury, Westgate Buildings and Queen Square between 3.30pm & 4.30pm
• Service 4 will operate via North Parade instead of Great Pulteney Street between 2pm & 4.30pm
• Service 6 will operate via Ambury, Westgate Buildings and Queen Square between 3.30pm & 4.30pm
• Service 18, U10 and U18 to Bath University will operate between the city centre and the top of Bathwick Hill only between 2pm & 4pm. Whilst the relay is proceeding down Bathwick Hill between 3.20pm & 4pm, these services will be temporarily suspended.
• Services 700 and 716 will cease operating after 3pm.

In addition the following bus services will also be significantly delayed at times as the Torch crosses their routes between 3.30pm & 5pm

• Newbridge Park & Ride, 1, 13, 14, 17, 20A, 20C, 79, 94, 228, 231, 232, 264, 265, 271, 272, 319, 332, 337, 620, SPA1, X31, X39 & X72.

For information about travelling to Bath by public transport please see www.traveline.info<http://www.traveline.info> for bus timetables or www.nationalrail.co.uk<http://www.nationalrail.co.uk> for train information.

There may also be a delay in the last postal collection depending on when the Royal Mail van can arrive through the traffic.

More details about the Torch Relay can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/torch2012<http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/torch2012>, including answers to “frequently asked questions” to help people to prepare for the big day.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Another council consultation, this time for those in or interested in Social Housing

Action on social housing - have your say on Flexible and Affordable Rent Tenancy guidance for housing providers and the revised Homesearch Scheme

Local communities and the people working with them are being encouraged to have their say about proposed changes to social housing put forward by Bath and North East Somerset Council in partnership with registered providers that could free-up more social housing for the people who most need it.

Have your say today…a consultation on the proposals runs until 26th June 2012. It can be found online at:

Bath and North East Somerset Council Online Consultations - Shaping the future of social housing in Bath and North East Somerset - Consultation Homepage<http://consultations.bathnes.gov.uk/consult.ti/TenancyStrategy_AllocationScheme/consultationHome>

or paper copies can be obtained by calling 01225 396118.

Police Competition

We have received this from th local police

We want to showcase the exceptional artistic talents of young people in the Avon and Somerset Police area.

It’s an important way for us to engage with them too. We see art and music as a way of breaking down barriers and making young people feel confident and comfortable about turning to us when they need help.

The ultimate finalists will exhibit their work in a summer exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy alongside Andy Warhol’s recently discovered childhood piece – the Rudy Vallee portrait. It will be the first time that this artwork has ever been exhibited publicly.

You can find full details of the Clean Slate competition on our website http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/cleanslate/

.but in brief:

  • Open to 13-19 year olds
  • 2D, 3D and digitally generated art, split into two age brackets – 13-15 and 16-19
  • Regional exhibitions in Taunton, Yeovil, Bath, Bristol and Thornbury with prizes for regional winners
  • Final exhibition of 36 finalist pieces at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol

.and key dates:

  • Application forms in by Friday 25 May so we can know what we have to exhibit
  • Work to be dropped off by Friday 2 June at selected police stations
  • Final exhibition at RWA from 2 - 29 July

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Noad's Corner

The Smiles building has been empty for a long time, what should we be doing ? Should it be converted to housing ? What could open instead ?

Potholes in Wansdyke Road

We have reported the potholes in Wansdyke Road opposite the Green to the council

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Fullers Earth - good news

The planning committee has approved enforcement action at the Fullers Earth site

Monday, 7 May 2012

Fullers earth planning meeting Wednesday

Comment from Cllr Nigel Roberts

Unfortunately due to work commitments I can't attend this special planning meeting to consider planning enforcement at the Fuller Earth Site

I would have liked to make the following comments:

Although this development is not in Odd Down ward it does affect a lot of Odd Down residents in particular those living in Sulis Meadows. These residents have over the years been affected by:

  1. Burning material that has caused black smoke to go over the estate, the material being burnt was never identified.
  2. Endless noise, from beeping of lorries reversing to other noise associated with the use of the site. There have been issues with scrambler motorcycles as well.
  3. Increased traffic as has the rest of Odd Down
At times if you bought a house nearby an existing development, such as waste recycling centre, then there is understanding that you needed to take that into account in your decision to purchase. In this case this is not the case the 350 houses that make up Sulis Meadows were planned and most were built before this site started.

As a whole residents Odd Down has suffered increasing levels of traffic, this was made worse by the Sainsbury's development which itself had no highways improvements. The Wellsway is not a suitable road to bring traffic along to this site with, St. Gregory's at one end. Other potential roads have a 5T weight limit.

This unauthorised development has gone on too long, it doesn't fit with what is around it being in Greenbelt, it is about time we said enough is enough, I hope that you vote to enforce planning laws.

Packhorse closing

It appears that the Packhorse at Southstoke is closing to be converted into offices, another victim of cheap alcohol sold by supermarkets. Numerous pubs are closing every week, the Rose and Laurel has had its planning application to be converted into three houses approved.

This doesn't help the community and community spirit or are we supposed to all meet at the superstore !

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Pot hole in Frome Road reported

A pot hole has been reported to the the council approx 50 yards from Harvester car park heading from roundabout towards Rush Hill

Friday, 27 April 2012

No surgery 28th April

We have a council meeting sorry. If you hav any issue contact details on his blog

Monday, 23 April 2012

Houses in Multiple Occupancy

We hope these action will happen for all houses in multiple occupancy (HMO's) a lot of these houses are not fit for those living in them, without correct fire escapes etc.

They also cause issues for those living around them. 


Monday, 16 April 2012

Sainsbury's application for longer hours - refused

We have confirmed that the application has been refused. It is due to the possible building of a care home on the site.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sainsbury's application for extended hours - refused

We are hearing that the application for extended hours has been refused. We are just waiting to confirm

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Sunday, 25 March 2012

8 new low carbon buses for Bath

We hope to see some on the 14 and 17 routes

8 new low carbon buses for Bath

Today Liberal Democrat Minister for Transport, Norman Baker has announced that Bath is to welcome 8 new low carbon buses as part of the Coalition Government’s Green Bus Fund.

A grant totalling £650, 442 has been provided to First Somerset & Avon for the new fleet of green buses that will emit one third less carbon than their diesel counterparts.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath, said:

“Buses are a crucial part of Bath’s infrastructure so as a Liberal Democrat I am absolutely delighted that we are backing the environment and making significant investments in low carbon transport”

“Bath residents make good use of our buses but my Liberal Democrats colleagues and I want to get more people out of their cars and on to public transport – this is all part of our commitment that makes the Coalition Government the greenest government ever ”

Welcoming the news, Roger Symonds, Liberal Democrat Council Cabinet Member for Transport added:

 "This excellent initiative and award by Norman Baker MP will help us, through our partners First, to deliver an excellent P&R service with these hybrid buses.  It will also help the council towards its carbon reduction targets and in making our air quality better."

Clarks planning application - Care Home

There is a new planning application for empty land at Clarks 

Ward: Odd Down
Parish: App Ref:
Registered: 12/00524/OUT
Location: N/A
Grid Ref: 7th March 2012
Proposal: Expiry Date: 6th June 2012
Officer: Crescent Office Park Clarks Way Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset
Applicant: (E)373178 - (N)162650
LB Grade:          N/A
Erection of a residential care home with associated car parking and servicing
Kenwright Developments Ltd
Agent: DPP
Development Planning Partnership
14 Windsor Place
CF10 3BY

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

New debates in Bath

D:BATE   D:BATE is an new debating forum organising 4 events a year in Bath.   The inaugural event is at the Pump Room, Bath on Monday March 19th at 8pm.   The subject for debate is: ‘Digital is killing the print industry. The presses will stop running in ten years.’   Guest speakers will include: For the motion: Mike Goldsmith (Editor-in-Chief, Digital Editions, Future Publishing), Richard Godfrey (CEO iPrinciples) and Chris Book (Local Digital Entrepreneur). Against the motion are: Julian Gough (Award winning Author), Robert Topping (Owner of Toppings Book Store) and Sam Holliday (Editor, Bath Chronicle).  Mike Ellis, one of the organisers of the Bath Digital Festival will chair the session.   There will be plenty of chance for audience participation: on arrival people will be asked to vote for or against the motion; once all the speakers have pitched their arguments for or against there will be a final public vote.   The D:BATE event is at the Pump Room, Bath on Monday 19 March, from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets are £8  (£5 students) and are available from:  http://www.bathdigitalfestival.com/programme/digital-vs-analogue/   The second event is scheduled in June in the shadows of the Jubilee celebration to debate the value of the Monarchy