Friday, 17 November 2017

Missed bins and missed recycling collections not a good start

The roll out of the new refuse collection and recycling seems to have run into just a few hurdles in the first two weeks of its running.

Complaints have been received that refuse collections have not been made at several houses, these have all been reported.

Tonight complaints have been coming in that Tanners Walk has not had its recycling collected and we have asked the council to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

If you have problems with your collections then please contact council connect council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk or ring 01225 394041.

We have also been told today that if you are elderly or disabled and unable to dispose of your old bin or have exceptional circumstances your old bin may be able to be collected, please contact council connect to enquire.

Litter please clean me up

We have asked the council to clean up the lane that runs from Freeview Road to Dominion Road, it seems that unless we ask this lane never gets cleaned.

Rubbish and litter can be reported at council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk or by phone 📞 01225 394041

Letter regarding old refuse bins

Councillor Tim Ball has written to the conservative administration on Bath & North East Somerset Council about the old refuse bins that people are left with now that council has imposed its new bin and bag policies.

The letter is reproduced below.


15th November 2017

Councillor Bob Goodman
Cabinet for Development & Neighbourhoods
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Guildhall High Street 
Bath

Dear Councillor Goodman 

I am receiving many complaints from residents in Twerton regarding the disposal of their old dustbins now that the council is insisting that the new bins or bags that they have supplied must be used in place of bins residents already have.

I am aware that some of my residents have contacted the council to enquire about the disposal of their old bins to be told that they would be charged a disposal rate to have them taken away.

Councillor Goodman can I remind you that many of my residents live at or below poverty levels and can’t afford this extra cost just to fall into line with a new council waste policy.

This is just another issue that has not been thought through at all well in the rush to get this policy through.

I hope that you can tell me that I am wrong and you are arranging free collection of these unwanted and now not needed bins. 

Sincerely

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Council takes action to tackle proliferation of HMOs in Bath

There seems to be a great deal of interest in Twerton regarding Houses of multiple occupation.

The council have recently reviewed the HMO polices brought in by the Liberal Democrat’s 4 years ago.

If you have concerns about an HMO in your street and are not sure if it has permission to be there then you can contact development Management via email development_management@bathnes.gov.uk

All HMO’s in Twerton need planning permission.

Below is Councils press coveridge

The recommendations mean that new applications to convert properties into HMOs will be refused if more than 10% of properties in the local area are already Houses of Multiple Occupation. In addition, the will also adopt a new policy that will prevent a residential non HMO property from being ‘sandwiched’ between two HMOs.
The move follows six weeks of public consultation which began on September 4 and which was in response to increasing concerns among residents about the continuing concentration and growth of HMOs in some neighbourhoods of the city.

The new policy approach is responding to the real concerns residents in Bath have about the proliferation and concentration of HMOs in parts of our city. By putting policies in place to better control the growth and distribution of HMOs, our aim is to ensure we have a balance of types of housing within our local communities.
The council recognise that HMOs have a role to play in our city’s housing stock by providing accommodation not just for students, but also professionals. However, they should not be allowed to dominate local areas at the expense of other types of housing. This new policy means that in the future the Council will be able to prevent HMOs from taking up more than 10 per cent of an area’s housing stock.
Furthermore, this new policy gives the Council powers to refuse planning permission for a new HMO if it would result in a property being sandwiched between two houses of multiple occupation.”
Alongside the new policy on HMOs, the Council is also currently undertaking a piece of work looking at the issue of Dedicated Student Accommodation in the city, including an assessment of the need and supply of student accommodation in the area. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

North Way

I have asked the council cabinet to consider carrying out reinstatement works on North Way.

The council have replied that this will be considered in the capital budget making process.

The question I asked is below.

Can the cabinet member for Highways confirm that after the successful works that were carried on Kelston View this year. That sufficient money will be allocated in the Highways capital budget 2018 to carry out the works on North Way that are essential to stop this road collapsing.

Tim Ball


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Restricting access to non-urgent services

We don’t normally publish items that are not totally about Twerton or its residents on these pages but the issue below affects most residents or their families.

Please take some time to read the article from Bath & North East Somerset clinical commisioning groupand respond to the consultation.

There is unprecedented demand on health services in B&NES, which is putting huge pressure on the NHS budget. To be able to live within our means, we must consider introducing restrictions to non-urgent services.
We are proposing to stop funding male vasectomies and female sterilisations, and introduce new access criteria for fertility treatment.
We want to hear what you think of these proposals. Please fill in our vasectomy and sterilisation survey here and our fertility services survey here.

Failing to Licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Prosecution of Letting Agent by Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council has prosecuted a Letting Agent; GT&G Limited trading as Camden House, (previously known as Local Lets) for failing to make a valid application for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence. Mr Patrick Tetley, the owner and director of GT&G Limited, appeared at Bath Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8th November 2017 and pleaded guilty to the Housing Act 2004 offence.

The court heard that Camden House, who have full management responsibility of the property, were found to be managing the HMO without a licence in March 2017. It took a further 3 months for a completed licence application to be received at the Council. The HMO had required a licence under the Additional Licensing Scheme from the 1st January 2014. 
The property was a 2 storey, 3 bedroom HMO. Tenancy agreements were held with 3 occupants, although at least 5 people were occupying the property in the bedrooms, living room and dining room. The property was found to have many disrepair issues.   
Patrick Tetley admitted to not having a checking procedure in place to ensure the HMOs managed by Camden House have a valid licence where required.
The court sentenced GT&G Limited to a £2500 fine and was ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £1360 and the victim surcharge of £250.
Additional licensing was brought in by the Council in 2014 to address issues of poor management in small HMOs with three or more persons in certain areas of Bath.  If residents are aware of any properties that are operating without a HMO licence then they can contact Housing Services on 01225 396269 or via email to hmo_licensing@bathnes.gov.uk For more information on the legal requirements for Houses in Multiple Occupation residents can visit:www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmos