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:   The second event is scheduled in June in the shadows of the Jubilee celebration to debate the value of the Monarchy

Changes to the bus services in Odd Down

Park and ride Friday 9th March the service will be extended by 2 hours to tie in with the Bath Rugby LV= cup semi-final that kicks off at 7:30pm Sunday 11th March a special service will operate for the Bath Half Marathon. 8 buses per hour will operate from all sites before the race commences. Services at Newbridge and Odd Down are interrupted by the race, but 6 buses per hour will operate to all sites after the race until 5:30pm Number 8 Kingsway to the University this service is being withdrawn

Friday, 2 March 2012

New rubbish collection rounds

This will mean the same day, but it may mean a different time of collection.

The council wills art at 7 am and finish at 3pm

Please let us know if you have any issues
We have received this from the police. 

Motorists in Bath are being urged to protect their car's identity and help prevent vehicles being used for criminal activity by taking advantage of a completely free scheme being offered by Allen Ford. 

As part of Operation Relentless, Allen Ford and Allen Kia on Lower Bristol Road, Bath, are working with Police on Wednesday 7th March to alert motorists to the increase in number plate thefts and are offering free fitting of anti-tamper number plate screws to help stop criminals in their tracks. 

Crime Prevention Design Advisor, Beth Shire from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Criminals often steal number plates from the cars of law abiding citizens in an attempt to conceal their identities and commit crime undetected. This could range from simple theft of petrol from petrol stations and road tax evasion through to far more serious crimes such as robberies, burglaries and drug dealing." 

"This is a great free collaboration from Allen Ford, Allen Kia and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.  We would recommend that members of the public take advantage of the offer on Wednesday. Using tamper proof screws is a great way to protect your car's number plate from thieves." 

Speaking of the campaign, Allen Thomas, General Sales Manager at Allen Ford, Bath, said: "Swapping standard screws for the anti-tamper variety is a very quick, yet effective way to deter number plate thieves and we are very pleased to be able to provide this free service to local motorists." 

Car owners interested in having their car's number plates fitted with free anti-tamper screws should visit Allen Ford/Allen Kia on Lower Bristol Road, Bath, between 9-5pm on Wednesday, 7th March. For further information, please contact Allen Ford on 01225 402 247. 

Also some additional stats . . . 

40,000 number-plates are stolen from cars in the UK every year - and rising - that's one every 15 minutes on average 
In Bath number-plate theft is on the up with 49 reported crimes between April 2011 and January 2012.  However theft from vehicles in general has decreased by 21%. 

. . . If you are the legitimate owner of the number plate the onus is on YOU to PROVE that it wasn't you who committed any crime! If your number plate is stolen you should report it to the Police immediately.