Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year

Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year , our next surgery will be in 2015, back to weekly surgeries 10 - 11 Saturday, first one is 3rd January at St. Philips Institute.

Nigel and Steve

Monday, 15 December 2014

Tory plans would cost pupils in Bath

Tories will slash funding for schools, colleges and nurseries by more than a quarter
in Bath and North East Somerset research shows 

Conservatives will cut the education budget by £53 million in Bath and North East
Somerset by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official
research shows.

The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and
nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan.

It means £53.2 (25.3%) would be wiped off the education budget in Bath and North
East Somerset – hitting children's life chances.

The research - based official House of Commons library figures - shows schools will
bear the brunt of Tory cuts but childcare, college and early years
budgets would also be hit hard.

Unlike both Labour and the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats are committed to
protecting cradle to college education spending.

Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North East Somerset, said:

"These Tory cuts would be devastating for North East Somerset's local schools,
nurseries and colleges - hitting our children's life chances hard.

"By committing to a budget surplus by 2020, giving away £7 billion in unfunded tax
cut and not raising taxes George Osborne's axe will have to fall
on education.

"This would be a disaster for families and children who all depend good schools and
a great teachers in this area.

"Unlike both the Conservatives and Labour, the Liberal Democrats will protect
education spending on early years, schools and colleges.

"We believe education is crucial in building a stronger economy and a fairer society
- one where every child has the opportunity to get on in life."

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sign at Sulis Manor Road

The sign at Sulis Manor Road opposite Poplar Road has been damaged. We have asked for this to be repaired.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Proposals for 14 Houses at Lodge Gardens

There is a new application for 14 houses at Lodge Gardens. The entrance will be off Frome Road. 

Ward: Odd Down App Ref: 14/05228/OUT
Parish: N/A
Registered: 13th November 2014
Expiry Date: 12th February 2015
Location: Land Between 90 And Lodge Gardens Frome Road Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset BA2 2PP
Grid Ref: (E)373718 - (N)162297
Proposal: Development of 14no. 3 bedroom dwellings with associated highways and landscape works. (Outline Planning Permission with Access to be  determined and all other matters reserved)

Odins Road puddles - now gone


Pleased to see that the Council has acted upon our request to get rid of the puddle at the dropped kerb Odins Road/Frome Road junction

Street Lights Lodge Gardens

Several street lights are out, these are the responsibility of Curo. We have reported them, we have had a report of someone falling in the dark.

Apprentices Taget Met - 1790 in Bath

Two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010 with 1,790 of these being created in Bath, giving people a vital start in life.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP, recently visited apprentices at the City of Bath College to see the college’s new £200,000 engineering workshop.
Don Foster, MP for Bath, who along with Lib Dems PPC, Steve Bradley, accompanied Vince Cable on his trip, said apprenticeships offered by organisations such as the City of Bath College and Rotork performed a crucial role in the local economy.

Commenting, Don Foster MP, said: “Apprenticeships are a vital part of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. By ensuring young people are able to earn and learn, we give them the opportunity to get on it life.”

Steve Bradley added “I am delighted young people in Bath have benefitted from fantastic training and employment opportunities that apprenticeships offer.

“I’ve seen for myself at Rotork the benefit apprenticeships can give to young people and I’m delighted that over two million young people across England have been able to take advantage.”



Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Vince Cable MP said: “Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to Liberal Democrat’s commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.

“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.

That is why the Liberal Democrats made them a priority when we entered office and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver on our promise to have two million apprentices start in this Parliament.”

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sign at Odins Road

This has been bashed, we have asked the council to repair it

Buses over the Christmas Period

The specifics for all other services, ie those in and around Bath, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, Frome, Corsham etc
·        In the run up to Christmas buses will operate normal timetables until Christmas Eve
·        On Christmas Eve, buses will operate as normal although Service 39 (Bath – Bristol) will finish earlier than normal. Specifically the last bus from Bath will leave at 2300 hours, while the last from Bristol will leave at midnight.
·        There will be no buses on Christmas Day.
·        On Boxing Day, Sunday services will operate on the three Park and Ride services in Bath, while a special timetable will be running on Service 39 (Bath – Bristol).  Some other services from outlying areas to Bristol will also run, for instance Services 46, 47, 376, X2, X6, X8 (using special timetables).
·        Normal timetables will apply to Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 December, while on Monday 29, Tuesday 30 December and New Year’s Eve, Saturday timetables will operate in most instances (the exception will be on Service A2, Corsham’s Service 10 and Frome’s Service 30, which will run normal Monday to Friday timetables) ·        On New Year’s Day some buses in and around Bath will run, using special timetables. In Bath the following will operate Services 5, 10, 13, 14, 39, 178 and 376.  
·        On Friday 2 January, buses will mostly operate Saturday services, but some routes (the same as those which operated between Christmas and New Year) will run normal Monday to Friday schedules.
·        All Services will return to normal on 3 January.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tenants Rights

Don Foster, MP for Bath, is pleased that Liberal Democrats are seeking to put an end to revenge evictions thanks to a new Bill that is making its way through parliament.

 Last year over 200,000 people suffered from revenge evictions and Lib Dems want to put an end to this. The Tenancies (Reform) Bill, which was put forward by Lib Dem MP, Sarah Teather, will have its Second Reading on 28 November.

The Bill will protect tenants from retaliatory evictions and from rogue landlords, ensuring that tenants in the private sector get the same level of protection as those in social housing. Lib Dem Communities Minister Stephen Williams has also indicated that the Government supports the Bill too, meaning that it stands a very good chance of making it into law in the near future.

Commenting, Don said “The fact that over 200,000 people last year alone were evicted just for asking for basic repairs is appalling. I’m really pleased of the progress Lib Dems are making in ending revenge eviction and I look forward to supporting Sarah Teather MP’s Bill next Friday.”

Recycling highs

Bath & North East Somerset Council is on track for a record performance in recycling thanks to local residents.

This financial year (2014/15) it is forecast that 80% of the waste collected from homes will be recycled and/ or treated. Last year this figure was just under 75% and of this, 48% was sent for recycling, reuse and composting.

Rubbish not recycled goes to a mechanical biological treatment plant at Avonmouth for treatment, not landfill. Some materials including metals can be reclaimed for recycling during this process, however it is still cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to collect materials separately for recycling through the green box, food waste and blue bag collections.

The Council is also looking to tackle issues with gulls in the Bath wards of Oldfield and Westmoreland wards with new reusable bags. In response to feedback from local residents the Council is providing free reusable rubbish bags to around 2,666 properties. We have asked for these bags in a number of places in Odd Down.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Odd Down Playing fields

We have received this from the council

It has been almost 2 months already since the 2G astro opened at Odd Down Playing Fields, so we thought it would be useful to update you on the progress at the site, as well as passing on a few messages.

New Pavilion
The construction of the new pavilion has seen the framework for the roof and the initial timber go on.  We are expecting the building to open in spring still, but until then advise all users on site to be vigilant particularly when in the car park area.  When balls go over the fencing, the Kier staff will bring them to us and they can be collected from the temporary office.

Goals
Could coaches please supervise the movement of goals and ensure that when finished they are returned to the right areas at the side of the pitch.  We ask that they be left on the wheels so that they do not flatten the pile underneath.

Litter
There are refuse bins and recycling bins pitch-side on the astro.  Although there are no bins on the grass pitches, can teams please ensure that they take with them after the game all bottles, taping, and other rubbish.  Another 8 bins have been ordered and will be placed on site within the next month.

Access to cycle circuit
When there is an attendant on duty and there is not a group booking, the cycle circuit can be opened for individual users at a cost of £1.  Whilst we aim to have a member of staff on site at all times from 0900-2200 Monday to Friday and 0900 – 1800 at weekends, there may be times when staff members have to leave site.  On these occasions, the circuit is not available for use.

Access to Astro
When the astro is not booked, we are encouraging local children under the age of 18 to come and use the astro for a ‘Mash up’ with friends.  The cost is £1 per person, but they must have the appropriate footwear.

Grass Pitches
Part of the project to build a performance centre at Odd Down Playing Fields is the rejuvenation of the grass pitches.  We have invested in new moveable goals to give us flexibility in pitch rotation, and are preparing pitches for rugby, 11-a-side, 9-a-side and 7-a-side.  We aim to rope off junior pitches for games, but would ask coaches to give the member of staff a hand to move the goals into position and back again if necessary.

Dog walkers
We are encouraging dog owners to walk their dogs around the perimeter of the field, particularly with the amount of work which is about to commence on the grass area.  In addition, the Dog Warden will be on site at varying times during the week to talk with dog owners about the importance of sticking to these areas so that we can create a safe and clean environment for the players young and old of all sports.  She will also be giving out free doggy-bags!

Parking
Until the construction of the new building is finished, parking is going to be challenging at peak times.  Please encourage your members to find alternative methods of transport, and make them aware that parking on the grassy side of Chelwood Drive is not allowed.  If users intend to bring a coach or mini-bus on site, can you please let us know beforehand.

If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team who are based in the portacabin adjacent to the 3g astro.

Bus changes - prices

We have received this from First -  each single will be £2.20

From 2 November bus users will be able to buy day, week, month, year and 10 journey tickets for travel in the Bath Outer Zone.   This has the potential to cut the cost of travel for many.  The new tickets will offer unlimited travel in Bath city centre and for travel on First buses within approximately 12 miles of Bath Bus Station.

People who travel infrequently will also be able to save money: they will have the option to buy FirstDay Bath Outer zone tickets - which offer unlimited travel for one day in and around Bath  - or 10 Journey Bath Outer zone tickets -  which will offer 10 single journeys valid for use within three months of the date of issue. With the latter, people making journeys of between three and 12 miles could save up to £21 compared to the cost of buying 10 individual single tickets.

For more information about First West of England, log onto www.firstgroup.com/westofengland

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Exhibition at St Gregory's 3rd November - housing at Sulis Meadows.

A public exhibition will take place at: St Gregory’s School, on Monday 3rd
November Midday to 8:00 pm. From the organisers, "this is a chance to talk to the project team" and put forward suggestions.

We have always opposed this development, but with that part of the planning process finished we will be working to ensure it built to highest standards. The planning inspector in his report placed a number of constraints on the development, we fought hard to get these accepted.

It is important that these are now complied with by the developers.
We have been working with the neighbourhood watch team to find out what you like about the area and what you don't. The idea is try and influence this development. If you have any views please contact us. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

No 14 bus route - changes in Odd Down

As from 2nd November the route is changing to go one way along Bloomfield Road and Bloomfield Drive. Here is a map of the change.

This change is following a petition in Bloomfield Drive. First have agreed to a trial of a different route for the number 14 bus. 

This is has been a difficult decision, with so many things going on. Cars have been damaged in Bloomfield Drive as buses try to pass each other, it also will allow people to use public transport to the works on Odd Down playing fields as well as those that live in Bloomfield Road. 

If you stop on the bus there is no extra charge as the fare is now the maximum in Bath. Please let us know who this goes. We are in looking into ways of trying to sort out the issues for those inconvenienced by this change.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Jobs news gets better for Bath

Bath MP, Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.
The number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in September 2014 was 644. This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 491 lower than in September 2013 and 29 lower than in August 2014.
Commenting Don Foster said: “The continued strong labour market performance hasn’t happened by accident. The Liberal Democrats have taken steps to ensure our labour market is fair and flexible, delivering opportunities for everyone and preventing exploitation of the most vulnerable.”
 
On national level, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that in the year to August unemployment dropped 538,000. This is the largest annual fall on record, taking the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since 2008.

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner for Bath: “The national and local figures are great news and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally by the Lib Dem Council.”

Don added: “The employment growth that we are now witnessing is one of this Government’s key achievements.”

Bath to get pensions rise thanks to Liberal Democrats

Don Foster, MP for Bath, has welcomed the news that the basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Lib Dems’ triple lock. It means Bath pensioners will benefit from an increase in their pension.

This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95. In Bath and NES there are almost 32,000 pensioners who will benefit from this rise, which will translate into £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Lib Dems entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

Commenting, Don Foster MP said: “I am delighted that the triple lock ensures that Bath pensioners are guaranteed the security of a steady rise in their pensions. This allows them to plan for their future and giving them dignity in their retirement. We have ensured that pensioners in Bath are never again subjected to the indignity of the 75p rise they saw under Labour.”

Steve Bradley added "The triple lock delivers a pension rise of whichever is the greater of average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, meaning pensioners across Bath will see more money in their pockets. The Lib Dems campaigned for it in opposition, have delivered it in Government and have pledged to write it into law in the next Parliament."

Rush Hill speeding traffic

As well as looking at speeding traffic in Upper Bloomfield Road and Old Fosse Road, we took the opportunity to look at speeding traffic in Rush Hill. The speeds were slightly higher in Rush Hill with the highest being 32mph.

We hope to make this a regular occurrence, Rush Hill is not classified as a major road, we have residents have near misses trying to get out of their drive by speeding traffic, accidents at the crossing on the road and other near misses.

There is also a major school in BCA on the road, this road is 30 mph for a reason.

Upper Bloomfield Road/Old Fosse Road speeding traffic

It was good to get out with local PC Martyn Bridges to look at the issues of speeding traffic in Upper Bloomfield Road and Old Fosse Road. Although no one was seen speeding, drivers will see enforcement can take place. We will be looking to set up an evening visit as well.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Overhanging Hedges Banwell Road

With help from a local resident, we have getting the council to cut back these hedges that are taking over the path.

Bus Timetable Ambleside Road

We have asked for the timetable at Ambleside Road to be replaced following its refurbishment.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Energy Savings - Energy at Home

The Bath & North East Somerset Energy at Home Advice Service is now live!

B&NES Council has been working with local partners to set up a local energy efficiency scheme for local residents and businesses.  The B&NES Energy@ Home Advice Service for the scheme is now in place and ready to take calls and emails to provide a response tailored to individual needs.

The Advice Service aims to help residents make their homes warm and efficient by providing help and support through the process.

Residents can get free, impartial advice on any aspect of home energy efficiency including:

  *   how to use less energy
  *   getting out of fuel debt
  *   how to keep warm during cold weather
  *   which energy efficiency measures / renewable energy technologies are appropriate for their home
  *   what grants, special offers, and finance packages are available
If appropriate, they can be booked in for a home energy assessment. This will provide a report showing the suitable measures for that particular home, and which grants, special offers and other payment options they are eligible for. Support is then offered to find the right installer and to access the grants and finance. Once the measures are installed the Advice Service will check back to make sure the resident is happy with the work.

Please use this new service when referring people for home energy advice.

Freephone 0800 038 5680 to speak to a friendly advisor.

Or email: advice@energyathome.org.uk<mailto:advice@energyathome.org.uk>

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Steve Bradley Free School Meals for Junior Children - petition

All infants at B&NES primary schools will benefit from being provided with hot lunches - for free.

The Liberal Democrats in Government have made helping our children a priority. Free school lunches will make sure all children can get healthy, nutritious meals, and parents will save money.

We estimate that parents can spend around £430 a year on making packed lunches! Now, they can save that money.

Cllrs Nigel Roberts and Steve Hedges have worked hard to make sure that almost every primary school in B&NES is equipped to deliver the meals for this school year. This has made a difference in St. Philips, St. Martin Gardens and Southdown infants schools.

But Steve Bradley and Nigel and Steve want to do more. 

Join Steve's campaign to see parents of children in Year 3 to Year 6 get free lunches in school as well. Sign the petition to the Government below:

http://www.stevebradley.info/schoollunch

Steve is ambitious for Bath, for Bath's people, and in particular for Bath's children. This will help more of Bath's children get ahead.

"I want to see all children at my school in Year 3 to Year 6 get free hot school lunches as well as all children in Reception to Year 2. It saves parents money and helps our children. It's only fair."

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Upper Bloomfield Road - speeding traffic petition

We now have over 100 names on a petition for speeding traffic on Upper Bloomfield Road following the two recent accidents. We have met with the council's traffic engineer for the area. Is drawing up options, we hope to have a public meeting shortly to look at these and make a decision on what can be implemented.

Combe Hay Lane

Parents at St. Gregory's continue to use the small part of Combe Hay Lane off the Wellsway despite the yellow lines. This was always only intended to access the last house on the Wellsway.

Getting back onto the Wellsway with the number of children crossing and the location of the bus stop for St. Gregory’s is dangerous. We are talking to the council's highway engineers about what can be done.

White lines at Canons Close

White lines are to be put down shortly to stop cars blocking the visibility when coming out of Canon Close.

Odd Down Playing fields Update

Work is progressing on the new changing rooms with an opening date of December 2014.

The turf is being laid on the 3g pitch with is due to open shortly.

We feel this will be a big asset to the local area. There will be a council presence during the day to help make sure things run smoothly.

However, there are a couple of issues we would like to sort out. The first is we don't think that the pitches should be open until 10pm on a Sunday, this is too late. Also we feel there should be some sort of discount for those living locally, there is a lot of disruption, there should be some other benefits.

There are plans to support those who walk their dogs around the playing fields, with bins being installed, and other options being investigated.

... and more building on Brownfields

This one is Burnt House Cottages - bring back brown fields back into use

Good to see brownfields being used in Odd Down

This one is Upper Bloomfield Road

Defibrillator installed in Bath City Centre

The latest publicly-accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in Bath city centre with help from Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The equipment has been recently installed on the outside of the Council’s Northgate House offices in Upper Borough Walls, near the Volunteer Rifleman public house. It will be unveiled by Don Foster, the MP for Bath, at 2.30pm on Saturday 13 September.

It is the fourth such device to be installed in Bath city centre which can be accessed for use by the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week after the access code is given by South West Ambulance. Defibrillators are life-saving devices used when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life.

The latest AED device has been dedicated to the memory of Dave (Wally) Waldron, a much-loved taxi driver who died of a heart attack in Bath on 19 April 2014. He had been fund-raising for the defibrillator before he died.

It was made possible by a collection organised in The Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms with donations from British Heart Foundation, Dave (Wally) Waldron and ward councillor initiative funding from Councillor Caroline Roberts and Councillor Douglas Nicol. The Volunteer collection is continuing so that further AEDs can be installed in and around Bath.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Brambles near Clarks

We have asked the council to cut these brambles back. The land is not owned by the council, but we are asking the council to act as part of its transport powers.

Road Smart - driving awareness

We have received this from Avon and Somerset Police

Our free Road Smart driving awareness programme is off to a great start with over 1,000 people signed up so far. We're seeking your help to promote these sessions further and get even more people to sign up.

The statistics around road safety are scary: - 95% of all collisions are caused by human error and - One third of all serious crashes involve people aged 17-24 We're therefore keen for as many people as possible to attend a free 2 hour session to improve their driving awareness.

The sessions are available in Keynsham, Bath, Filton, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Chipping Sodbury and Yeovilton and are bookable for 17-24 year olds and for those aged 25 and over. This new and potentially life-saving session is available

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Heitage open days

Bath Heritage Open Days offer chance to discover ‘hidden treasures’

Bath & North East Somerset Council is giving residents and visitors a chance to explore parts of the city’s heritage they would normally never get to see.

Every year on four days in September, buildings of national historic importance and contemporary style throw open their doors to enable people to celebrate Britain’s fantastic architecture and cultural heritage.

Between 11 - 14 September, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Services team is giving them the opportunity to discover ‘hidden treasures’ and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

This year, Bath has 15 different venues taking part: Southcot Burial Ground (Bath Preservation Trust), Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Central United Reformed Church, Cleveland Pools, Fairfield House, Ralph Allen Cornerstone, St Swithin's Church, The Magdalen Chapel, The Museum of Bath at Work, Nexus Methodist Church, No.4 The Circus, Roman Baths, St. John's Store, St Mary's Catholic Church, Widcombe Association.

For the first time, the Kier Recycling Depot at Keynsham is offering a visit behind the scenes to see what happens to your recycling after collection from your home. Places on the guided-only tours are limited and must be booked in advance with Council Connect. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Services, this year’s open day include special tunnel tours at the Roman Baths and feature two places which are not normally open to the public. All of the sites will open free of charge or provide free events. 
 
·         Thursday, 11 September 10am and 3pm, and Friday 12 September 10am and 3pm - go behind the scenes at the Roman Baths and take part in Tunnel Tours. The 90-minute tours take in the Georgian vaults and the main museum store, which includes objects found in Bath from Roman to the Victorian times. Visitors will also be able to see the King’s Spring Borehole supplying water to the Pump Room.


·         Friday, 12 September 10am-12 noon and 1pm-3pm - see inside No.4 The Circus, a beautiful house and restored Georgian garden – the first of its kind in Britain.


·         Saturday, 13 September 11am – 3pm - marvel at the range of historical spa equipment at St John’s Store and also read the original Victorian spa treatments visitor books. Also on display will be furniture by local craftsmen and some once-familiar sights.


To book a place on the Open Days, please call 01225 477 773

Keeping buying Bath Locally

We have received the following email from the council. If everyone buys locally the money stops in the local economy. 
 
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Bath & North East Somerset Council is backing a Buy Local Buy Social purchasing initiative designed to boost the West of 
England economy. 
 
A newly-launched Buy Local Buy Social website – www.buylocalbuysocial.com - aims to encourage innovative commissioning
and procurement.
 
It supports the Council’s “Think Local” Procurement Strategy and connects buying power with the local economy and social 
communities in the West of England.
The mini-website launch follows the successful 'Think Local' event in Bath held on 11 July at  Bath Guildhall. This brought 
together more than 120 organisations, including housing providers, 
local authorities, large and small contractors and social enterprises.
It will support the Buy Local Buy Social project and signpost organisations to the resources and contacts to support their work.

“Buy Local Buy Social is a partnership pilot project in the West of England supported by regional housing associations and 
local authorities and sponsored by Bath & North East Somerset 
Council.
 
The mini-website will also contain profiles of organisations committed to achieving social outcomes and signposts to 
funders and support.
 
 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Skate Park in Royal Victoria Park - consultation

Bath & North East Somerset Council is investing in refurbishing the skate park at Royal Victoria Park in Bath.

The skate park is over 20 years old and the main ramps have reached the end of their lives and need to be replaced.

The Council carried out an initial survey between May and July, gathering the views of local young people, children and their parents, and will be presenting proposed plans for at a series of drop-in events later this month:

Thursday August 21, 2pm – 6pm at The Skate Park;
Saturday August 23, 2pm – 6pm at The Skate Park;
Tuesday August 26, 10am – 3pm, at The Guildhall.

Unemployment in Bath - Good News

Bath MP Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.
The number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in July 2014 was 696. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 486 lower than in July 2013 and 79 lower that in June 2014.

Commenting Don Foster said: “This drop in unemployed claimants in Bath is a good indicator of the progress being made. There is a long way to go, but the economy is on the mend and jobs are crucial to building a stronger economy and a fairer society that allows everyone to get on in life.”
Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem PPC for Bath: “These unemployment figures and company growth figures are great news for Bath and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally at the Council.”

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Get running or cycling at Odd Down

Another council press release, also affecting Odd Down, as some of the money will be spent at Odd Down. If you want to get active contact us. 
 
Local sport gets a £309,000 boost

Up to 4,000 people in the Bath & North East Somerset Council area are to be encouraged to improve their fitness in a new sport initiative being launched this week.

The Council’s TRY Active Bath and North East Somerset have received £209,445 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.  It is among 88 projects across the country to receive a share of £15 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity.

Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bath Rugby Foundation have provided over £100,000 worth of matched funding, and Bath News and Media, publisher of the Bath Chronicle, is providing in-kind support in the form of a campaign package that includes advice, advertising in print and on-line, editorial, design and social media.

With the generous help of the Medlock Trust, the funding will allow the partners to develop a new programme using rugby, cycling, running and outdoor fitness to deliver an increase in participation within Twerton; Odd Down; Southdown; Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Keynsham.

Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund allows local authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects to encourage more people to play sport.

The future of Bath

The council is asking for views on how Bath is governed 

Local people and businesses are being asked for their views on community representation in Bath.

A cross-party working group was set up earlier this year to look at how the city is currently governed and suggest how this might change in future. It has now come up with three options:

1.   No change
2.   A “Voice for Bath” committee (to include co-opted stakeholders as well as B&NES elected members)
3.   The ‘parishing’ of Bath - either a single parish for the city or multiple parishes for different parts of the city.

Local residents and businesses are being encouraged to put forward their views on these options before 5pm on Tuesday August 26.

Unlike other parts of Bath & North East Somerset, there is no parish council within Bath; the city is governed by Bath & North East Somerset Council acting as the ‘principal authority’.

Bath has 32 ward councillors who sit on Bath & North East Somerset Council. They are also Charter Trustees, responsible for maintaining the ancient Charter and Bath’s civic traditions; it is from these that the Mayor of Bath is elected.

Cllr Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council and spokesman for the cross-party working group, said: “We set up the group to look at this as a result of feedback from local residents at the Bath City Conference . We are keen to know which option provides the easiest way for local people in Bath to have their voices heard on the issues that affect them.”

The interim report can be found here and comments can be made online at www.bathnes.gov.uk/community-representation

Responses will be considered in preparing a final report to be discussed at a full Bath & North East Somerset Council meeting on Thursday, September 11.

For more information, please contact Mark Hayward on 01225 396975 or e-mail governanceoptions@bathnes.gov.uk

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fracking to Bath - no thanks

Considerable concern has been expressed about the possibility of shale gas extraction through “fracking” in or around Bath. Research evidence has shown that fracking could damage the hot springs on which the tourism economy of Bath depends.

Following extensive lobbying by Bath’s MP Don Foster and Council Leader Cllr Paul Crossley, the Government has announced a new restrictions which mean that there is minimal chance of fracking taking place in or around Bath.

Commenting, Don Foster said: “Paul and I have worked hard with Secretary of State, Ed Davey MP, to ensure Bath residents now have a new package of protections to fend off anyone who thinks fracking in our area might be a good idea.”

Cllr Crossley said: “I’m delighted. The geological evidence we provided shows that fracking could lead to a significant disruption to the hot water spring waters on which the tourism of the city depends and could damage the water pressure without which we could see buildings in the city collapse.”

Don Foster and Paul Crossley have also pointed to the recently published maps which show that the three main areas where large amounts of shale gas exists lie nowhere near the city. (The closest one being in the South East corner of England, whilst the other two are in the North East of England and Scotland.)

Don Foster said; “with these new protections and evidence that the best sources of shale gas are nowhere near Bath, the message is clear; “if you want to frack, then look somewhere else.”

Cllr Steve Hedges and Nigel Roberts said, " We are opposed to fracking altogether, this is good news for Bath and its spring water."


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fuller Earth Planning application

The council's planning committee is meeting on Wednesday to consider this application, the recommendation is for approval. It remains our view that this shouldn't be passed the traffic on the Wellsway and around the Red Lion Roundabout is far too great. With 800 houses being built at Foxhill and 300 potential houses on the Southstoke plateau the roads in the area can't take anymore heavy good lorries going to Fuller Earth.

There have been issues before with smells coming from the site. It is the entrance to a world heritage site, not the best example.

Your can read the report here.

http://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=124&MId=3926&Ver=4

Saturday, 19 July 2014

More money for Odd Down Schools

Good news in Odd Down


St Martin’s Garden Primary School received £83,700;

Figures show that last year over 30% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Bath and North East Somerset achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade.

This year’s figures show that the Pupil Premium success story in B&NES is continuing as the percentage of youngsters from poorer backgrounds is the same as in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government continue to have a great impact.

Commenting, Bath's MP Don Foster said: “This is further proof Pupil Premium is transforming the chances of pupils across the country and helping to build a stronger economy and fairer society.

“The Lib Dems are increasing the pupil premium budget to £2.5 billion this year as well as extending the policy to three and four-year-olds.”

Last autumn it was announced that pupils at over twenty schools in Bath would benefit from close to an extra £1 million on top of the school budget thanks to the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium.

The Pupil Premium is one of a number of policies which have seen the Lib Dems in Government focus on aiding children in education.

Don Foster added: “The party has already made sure from September all infants will receive free school meals.

“So there can be no doubt the Liberal Democrat’s priority lies in helping all pupils achieve their potential.”

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Upper Bloomfield Road - bollards damaged

The bollards placed outside the CO-OP have been damaged, shows the need, and have been reported to the council to get repaired

Bloomfield Drive - old bus stop


During a walkabout in Bloomfield Drive we saw lots of things to get sorted. This one is the old bus stop carefully dumped rather than removed by the contractors.

Bloomfield Drive - potholes

The potholes in Bloomfield Drive have been reported to the council, now to get the rest of the road re-surfaced !

Bloomfield Road meeting

Had a good meeting with 14 residents from Bloomfield Road with Lib Dem Campaigner Steve Bradley, about the development at Odd Down Playing Fields. They nominated a local resident Rob Lucas to represent them and make sure their interests are not missed. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Had this press release from First - goes in the right direction still expensive from Odd Down!


First to reduce fares for children and young people following consultation

The cost of bus travel for young people in the West of England is coming down.

Following a major consultation with bus users – and non users – regarding the cost of bus travel earlier this year, First has announced that fares will change on 6 July.

Children (5 and 15 years) and young people (16 to 21 years) in Bath and North East Somerset will  benefit considerably, becoming entitled to significant discounts on all fares (50% for children, 30% for young people).

Adult bus users will also benefit.  

Flat fares will be introduced in Bath (and also Weston-super-Mare) while fares for travel on regional services will be changed with the amount charged linked to the distance travelled.

To help families, First will also introduce a Bath Family FirstDay ticket, priced at £8, and a Weston-super-Mare Family FirstDay ticket, priced at £7.40. These tickets will offer unlimited travel for one day in the relevant area for up to five people (maximum two adults or young people).

These changes follow the analysis of nearly 2,000 questionnaires returned over a six week public consultation that was held by First across the West of England earlier this year.

Talking about what’s happening Paul Matthews, Managing Director, First West of England, says: "The announcement of these results brings to an end the discussions that we have been having over the cost of bus travel in the West of England and follow on from the successful implementation of the Bristol fare review last autumn. We have worked hard to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the changes with children and young people set to benefit the most in an attempt to encourage a new generation of bus users.

“Flat fares are incredibly easy to understand, and rolling them out in Bath and Weston-super-Mare will remove one of the barriers that some people face when considering whether or not to use the bus. Once implemented people will instantly know how much the journey will cost.”

Cllr Caroline Roberts, Bath & North East Somerset Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "We welcome this announcement from First which should encourage even more people to get on board the bus and help to tackle congestion so that more people can get around Bath and North East Somerset. We're pleased that First has listened to people's comments and acted upon them to deliver the kind of service they've asked for."


In response to the announcement, Brian Allinson, Chair of the West of England Joint Transport Board, says: "This package of changes is hugely welcomed and on behalf of everyone in the area I'd like to thank First for the time and effort they have put in to gathering views and making the changes. First have listened and reacted, now we all need respond by welcoming the changes and using the bus more.

For more information about the changes, log onto: www.fairerfaresforall.co.uk (the website will be updated to reflect the changes shortly)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Fullers Earth application

The planning application is for:

Proposed erection of residual waste facility including a materials recovery facility, anaerobic digestion plant, reception building, weighbridge, outdoor storage areas and other ancillary development. (Outline application with access to be determined all other matters reserved)

Reference:14/00839/EMINW

Link if you want to comment

http://isharemaps.bathnes.gov.uk/projects/bathnes/developmentcontrol/default.aspx?requesttype=parsetemplate&template=DevelopmentControlApplication.tmplt&basepage=default.aspx&Filter=^REFVAL^=%2714/00839/EMINW%27&SearchLayer=DCApplications&SearchField=REFVAL&SearchValue=14/00839/EMINW

Our submission

We have concerns over the traffic generated by the development, this will have travel along residential roads, such as the Wellsway and Rush Hill to get to the site.

The site is in Greenbelt and AONB and as such should be considered inappropriate development.

The site has grown over the years from the original industrial area and as such doesn't represent a good introduction to a world heritage site.

Planning for telecommunications mast

Proposal: Odd Down App Ref: 14/02396/TEL
Expiry Date: 17th July 2014
Mast Corston View Bloomfield Bath BA2 2PJ

The removal of the 6no. existing O2 only antennae on the existing 15m mast with 9no. antennae and 2X 0.3m dishes for the shared use of O2 and Vodafone. Replacement of 3no. existing cabinets with 3no. new cabinets within the existing compound.

Applicant

Telefonica O2 Limited
260 Bath Road
Savills
Slough
Wessex House
Berkshire
SL1 4DX

Agent: Savills
Wessex House
Priors Walk East Borough
Wimborne
United Kingdom
Dorset
United Kingdom
BH21 1PB

Oolite Road/Wellsway Radway Petrol Station planning application

The officer has considered all of the information and has decided to recommend approval for the plans. The decision will now be made by the development control committee, probably on 2nd July. As a reminder this is how it used to look.

Odd Down Playing Fields events


We received this information from the council. 

Bath and North East Somerset Active Lifestyles and Health Improvement Team are organising a festival of cycling and family fun day at Odd Down Playing Fields and Cycle Circuit on 12 July. 

Cycle Fest 14 will mark exactly 2 months until the arrival of the Tour of Britain in Bath.
  
As well as cycling we would like to have a range of activities on offer for families and young people at the event.  Activities on the playing fields will run from 11 am to 4 pm with a full cycle programme on the circuit from 9 am – 7 pm. This will be one of the biggest events of the year with over 3000 people expected to attend and we would like you to be part of this community event.

Bath and North East Somerset Council are working to ensure that disruption to residents is kept to a minimum. Visitors will be encouraged to attend on foot, cycle, use the bus and park and ride, and use alternative parking.

Cyclo-Cross Event - 25th June
Please note there is also the Western Cyclo-Cross League event on the cycle circuit on Weds 25th June 2014 at 6pm. This will be for all age groups. See www.vc-walcot.com for details

Sunday, 1 June 2014

White lines for Canons Close

A number of residents have complained about cars parking on the corner of Canons Close and Marsden Road. The council is now to put white lines down to help drivers see traffic coming out of Canons Close.

Frome Road resurfaced ... now for the other roads ?

It was nice yesterday to see Frome Road resurfacing nearly finished. It does show that Wansdyke Road, Barrow Road and other roads around them as well as Bloomfield Drive need resurfacing.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Radway planning application - student housing Oolite Road update

The council office has considered the planning application for the old Radway Petrol station on Oolite Road/Wellsway. We are hoping this comes to the planning committee for decision.

Meeting First about buses in Bloomfield Drive

We are meeting with First on Friday 30th to talk about the problem buses are causing when they meet together in Bloomfield Drive.

Bus Shelter Bloomfield Drive

We have asked the council to add sides. They don't know how windy Odd Down can be !

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Corston View Mast

We have received this recently

PRE-CONSULTATION FOR A PROPOSED UPGRADE TO AN EXISTING SITE AT:
127717 Police Mast Corston View, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 2PJ
Telefonica UK Limited has entered into an agreement with Vodafone Limited pursuant to which the two
companies plan to jointly operate and manage a single network grid across the UK. These arrangements
will be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) which is a joint venture
company owned by Telefónica UK Limited and Vodafone Limited.
This agreement allows both organisations to:



pool their basic network infrastructure, while running two, independent, nationwide networks
maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations
significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development
Telefonica UK Limited is in the process of upgrading an existing site located as mentioned above. The
purpose of this letter is to consult with you and seek your views on our proposal before proceeding with
the works. We understand that you are not always able to provide site specific comments, however,
Telefonica UK Limited is committed to consultation with communities for mobile telecommunications
proposals and as such would encourage you to respond.
As part of Vodafone’s continued network improvement program, there is a specific requirement for a
radio base station at this location to provide new 3G / 4G coverage in the area.
Mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile
phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones and other devices we rely
on simply won’t work.Our technical network requirement is as follows:

To provide 3G / 4G coverage for this locality and area

The removal of the 6 existing O2 only antennae on the existing 15m police mast. The antennae
will be replaced with 9 antennae and 2 x 0.3m dishes for the shared use of O2 and Vodafone.
A number of options have been assessed in respect of the site search process and the preferred
Telefonica UK Limited option is as follows:


Existing site at 127717 Police Mast Corston View, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 2PJ
NGR: 373410, 162920
No alternative sites were considered as the site selected accords with all local plan policies and those
set out within the NPPF.
The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been
reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of
the site has been examined.
All Telefonica UK Limited installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure
guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the
fo

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Steps Fosse Gardens to Ridge Green close refurbish

The steps between Fosse Gardens and Ridge Green Close are to be refurbished around the 12th May and will be closed periodically.

Corston View Play Area

We welcome the council statement that Corston View Play area is to be upgraded, including a new bin asked for by residents

"Corston View, Bath; major refurbishment with several new pieces of play equipment chosen to broaden the activity range and age range appeal of the site;"

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Wifi on First buses

Around 40 vehicles in Bath – in addition to those operating on the university services and the park and ride – have also been fitted. 

WiFi is provided for free. It is dependent on signal strength: it only works where a 3G signal can be detected.
Customers wishing to log on to the free on-board WiFi should ask their devices to search for available WiFi networks and select the one called "first wifi".  This will then take users to the log in page. They will then need to register the first time they use it, but thereafter will be able to log in automatically the next time they travel on the buses.

Will be interesting if this applies to the 14, some of the buses are old  ! 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Ridge Green Close to Fosse Gardens footpath closed from 14th April


We have received this notice of the footpath being closed

Notice is given that Bath and North East Somerset Council in exercise of its powers under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 intends to make an order the effect of which will be to temporarily introduce a Footpath closure on that length of Footpath and steps running between Fosse Gardens and Odd Down.

This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the footpath consequent upon the need to facilitate replacement of timber post and retaining wall and will be operative from 14th April 2014 this is anticipated to be for a period of maximum of 1 month.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

Footpath Fullers Way, Cranmore Place, Banwell Road and Fosse Gardens.

Red Lion Roundabout

Normally the council will plant wild flowers, but in order to bring it up to a more sustainable bed we will plan over the next few weeks to cover the area with weed suppressant and lay Cotswold stone on top and planting a mixture of 3 colour lavender plants and 3 different colour of ornamental grasses. 
 
The council will leave the outside edge green grass as this is often damaged by vehicles and easy to repair a mix of taller ornamental grasses will be around the base of the post, we will also plant pockets of wild flowers to add to the overall colour.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Graffiti on the bus shelter at the Green

We have asked for the graffiti on the bus shelter at the Green to be removed..

Colbourne Road

Pleased to see the Grasscrete has been installed in Colbourne Road.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

1 The Beeches, planning refused

Application No: 13/05083/OUT

1 The Beeches, Odd Down, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 2UX This is an outline application with all matters reserved for erection of a dwelling on  domestic  curtilage plot to the north of 1 The Beeches in Odd Down within Bath World Heritage Site.

The submitted indicative plans show a dwelling of similar proportions to the existing dwelling attached to the house with a parking area at the front.

This has been refused on highways grounds and effect on the trees in the area

Bus update number 4


Service 4 (Kingsway – Bathampton):

·         The route and timetable of this service is changing.
·         Specifically buses will start and terminate at Kingsway (instead of Bath Riverside) from 2 February while the section of route between Bath city centre and Bath Riverside will be covered by Service 2 instead (see details above).
·         Buses will run every half an hour Monday – Saturday daytimes, with journeys evenly spaced with those on Service 265 over common sections of the route where possible. 
·         On Sundays and Public Holidays and during the evening (Monday – Saturday), buses will operate hourly providing a service between Bath city centre and Kingsway only.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Rush Hill resurfacing

We have been contacting the council about the rough surface on Rush Hill near the old Rose and Laurel pub. It is good to see today that this is now been sorted out.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Shelter - details

We received this email- it might be of help to someone

Shelter’s helpline receives too many calls from people in desperation, and on the brink of losing their home, because bills and notices have been left unopened and problems have piled up.

This January we are encouraging those at risk to seek advice from Shelter and avoid problems spiralling out of control.

We would very much appreciate your help in getting this message out there. You can take these four actions to help people in Bath and North East Somerset to find professional advice:

Post a link to our online advice on your website - www.shelter.org.uk/advice
Encourage your case workers to bookmark our online advice pages - www.shelter.org.uk/advice  so they can refer to them when dealing with housing-related case work

Let your constituents know how to get help from Shelter via our online advice and free telephone helpline number -  www.shelter.org.uk/advice    0808 800 4444

For lots of people, the New Year period brings further challenges and worries.  That’s why we are urging anyone worried about paying their rent or mortgage to make seeking early housing advice their New Year’s resolution.