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. 
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 – - 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 
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

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