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

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<>.

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<> for bus timetables or<> 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<>, 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<>

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

.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