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.

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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:

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."