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.