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.


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.”