Wednesday, 19 December 2018

HMO application Haycombe Drive

We have one planning application to bring to your attention this week and that is an application for conversion of 8 Haycombe Drive into an HMO.

To view the application or make comments please follow the link here

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Sheridan Road ( speeding traffic )

We have been hearing concerns about speeding cars in Sheridan Road and Garrick Road for some time now but have never seen it ourselves until recently.

The areas like Sheridan Road and Garrick Road that are full of parked cars lead you to believe that cars could could not speed in these roads, but this is not the case as we have witnessed.

After speaking to residents in these roads we have requested additional 20 mph repeater signs and have alerted the Police to the problem.

With the rolling out of the community speed watch across the area in the next few months we hope to persuade motorists to slow down before a fatal accident happens.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

don't let the loan sharks get you this year

Bristol Credit union are e are supporting people in the Twerton & Whiteway in the run up to Christmas.

They are raising awareness of the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. Christmas is a time when many people in Bath and the local area may turn to well-known high interest lenders or to loan sharks, to cover the cost. 

To raise awareness of the safer alternatives to high-cost credit, Bristol Credit Union have teamed up with the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) on a new scheme that uses money confiscated from convicted loan sharks as an incentive to encourage people in our area to join their credit union.

There are 65 members Twerton ward, and so far across Bath and the local area this year have saved a huge £48,889 in interest for 100 borrowers from Bristol Credit Union  – that’s £168.71 for every borrower back in their pocket to spend locally.

Lets start a saving habit and keep more money in our local communities. 

Also, if you become aware of anyone who may have borrowed money from an illegal lender, do encourage them to call the Stop Loan Sharks Team in confidence on 0300 555 2222, for advice and support.

To Contact Bristol Credit Union then please follow this link Bristol Credit union 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Poolemead Road - Bin has arrived

We are really pleased to see, that after months of waiting, we finally have a bin on Poolemead Road next to the bus stop.

It may have taken a bit longer than we had hoped, but this one has now been installed and we hope it will help reduce the large amount of litter in this area.

We are continue to chase for the other bins we have been promised in Pennyquick Park and on Shaws Way/Watery Lane.

We are also monitoring litter levels elsewhere around Twerton and will look to get additional bins installed in litter hotspots in the near future.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Innox Park Proposal

BANES Council recently ran a consultation event at Innox Park to get feedback and suggestions from the residents to shape the future of this valuable outdoor space.

A number of suggestions were put forward and the outcome can be view here - 

Innox park improvement proposal

We are really pleased with this initial proposal and will be pushing to get as much completed as soon as possible, so that it can be in place for next Summer.

If you would like to add anything else to these proposals or something you would like to see in the future, please do let us know.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Rise of HMO's

As we have been out calling on residents across Twerton we have been finding and increasing number  of HMO's ( Houses of multiple occupation ) that do not have planning permission.

planing permission and licensing ensures that the buildings are safe for multiple person occupation.

This is what the council says about HMO's and  the requirements for planning permission and licences to run and HMO.

Following concerns about the high impacts of HMOs on the social balance and mix of parts of the city the Council decided to use its rights to exert greater planning controls in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Bath.  Anyone looking to purchase a family house in Bath that they might want to “buy to let” as an HMO is likely to require planning permission.  Where there is already a high concentration of HMOs on the street they may be unlikely to obtain planning permission to change use to an HMO. The details of the policy that planning applications will be decided on is defined in the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on HMOs in Bath, available along with further information from 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Linley Close Garages

We have asked Curo to ensure that this fly tipped waste is removed form the garage area at Linley Close.

The rubbish is constantly being dumped by the recycling bins causing a problem.

we have also asked that the recycling bins are increased to ensure that there are no bags hanging around that can be scattered all over the area.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Innox Park Improvement Project - Update October 2018

The Council are holding a drop in session this Friday please go along.

The initial consultation survey for the Innox Park Improvement Project has now closed.  Thank you to everyone who had their say.  All of the responses and comments are now being worked through to draw some conclusions about how the park can be improved for people and wildlife and what opportunities there might be for the community to get involved.

Drop-in Event

Please join us for a drop-in event between 4.30pm and 6pm on Friday 16th November at Rose Cottage Hub on Twerton High Street where you will be able to see and discuss the results of the survey and initial design ideas.  The event coincides with Rose Cottage Hub’s Family Friday event so the cafĂ© will be open and there will activities for children.

Can’t make the drop-in event? The information will be made available at by the end of November.  Any comments or opinions can be made by email or in writing.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Curo Walkabout - Twerton and Whiteway

On Friday 19th October, Tim Ball and Sarah Moore met with a representative from Curo to walk around Walwyn Close, Woodhouse Road and Redland Park area of Twerton to show him first hand how unloved the area is and discuss regularly reported issues.

He has agreed that a number of trees and bushes need to be cut back to ensure the lighting is more effective as well as regular clean up of the area.

Curo are making changes to the way they work at the moment and we will hopefully have a full update on this shortly.

On Monday 22nd October, Sarah and Tim were joined by local residents and Senior Management from Curo to take a walk around Blagdon Park, Rosewarn Close and parts of Haycombe Drive for them to see the state of the area.

We discussed parking issues and a number of vehicles have now been served a 28 day notice for the owners to either remove them or Curo will take them away.  They are also looking at other ways to ease parking problems around the area.

Residents are fed up with not being listened to and having to regularly contact Curo to get anything done.

We have said that the biggest issues residents have is the lack of communication and action.  Whilst we know money is tight for everyone, Curo understands it has a duty to provide a service to it's customers and has agreed to go back and see how they can improve this process. 

We will keep you informed of any updates we have from Curo as we receive them.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Calls to reopen Culverhay School

We the undersigned believe that too many young people in Bath are being failed by the education system. 
The potential closure of The Studio School and the actual closure of Bath Community Academy (formerly Culverhay School) means that there is no longer a mainstream secondary school in south west Bath. 
Parents will now face an even more significant challenge in getting their children into local schools. Growing numbers of young people are being forced to travel across to St Mark’s on the other side of the city. 
We need an education system to fit in with local children’s needs and serve our community. We are calling for a secondary school to open on the Culverhay site as soon as physically possible, to serve families in Twerton, Whiteway, Southdown, Odd Down and Moorlands. 
Sign the petition here.

Another School closing Kids loose out again.

Bath Studio School Facing Closure 

Bath Studio School is facing closure, leaving many young people uncertain over the future of their education. 

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, who run the school, have asked permission from the Secretary of State for Education to close the school, and have received 'in principle' approval. A five week listening period will now start, where those affected can comment on the plans. 

If at the end of the listening period the closure is given formal approval, the school will shut in 2020, with no new admissions from 2019.  

The decision was announced via e-mail to parents on Monday evening; by the Trust who cited "lack of demand" as the reason for its closure. 

It’s the second school in south west Bath to close in 6 months, after Bath Community Academy shut its doors at the end of the summer term.  

Many parents in the South West of the city and in the surrounding villages now face an even more significant challenge in finding school places for their children.   

Reacting to the news, Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, said:

“This is a massive let-down for many children and parents in Bath. This free school has just not delivered. It is the result of a Conservative party folly on education which has entirely fragmented our education system, removed accountability and failed to deliver proper results. Local authorities need clear responsibility for local schools.

Difficulties for The Bath Studio School

Bath Studio School was opened in September 2014, and emphasises its “state of the art recording studios and facilities, small class sizes, industry links and sense of community.”
However it was rated "requires improvement" in its first ever Ofsted report in June 2017. The education watchdog criticised senior leaders, governors and the trust for not doing enough to tackle the areas requiring improvement.

It has also faced leadership difficulties recently, with its former head teacher Colin Cattanach absent from the school for five months. 

To make your views known regarding the plans, e-mail

Friday, 19 October 2018

Lighting updates Highland Road

If you can find the lamp post in the picture on the left then you have done very well indeed.

I have been walking this way mainly in the day time and did not realise that there was a light here.

I have now asked the council and Curo to ensure that all the overgrowth is removed and that the light is cleaned so it can be put back into use.

The picture below shows another light that is on during the day time and I have also asked for this to be fixed as soon as possible.

We have been following up lighting issues all over the area if you know of a problem with lighting then please let us know and we will try to get it sorted.

Community pulls together in Landseer Road

It is really good to see the community effort in Landseer Road in Twerton pulling together and creating wonderful displays of flowers and shrubs in what once neglected pieces of land.

Some of the pictures shown here prove what can be done when residents work together to improve their neighbourhood.

The community spirit in this area is reaping dividends and creating well being amongst  neighbours.

In our efforts to help we have managed to get the dangerous drain cover below replaced with a new one.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Good news for Waterloo buildings

We are pleased that Curo have confirmed that they will be replacing the old broken down fencing at Waterloo Buildings within the next month.

We would like to thank Curo  for dealing with this issue , but will be watching this area and will be holding Curo to their promises about the replacing of this fencing.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Street lighting

We have started to receive quite a few complaints about poor street lighting across the area and are walking around the area picking up residents complaints. 

We have tonight reported a street light that is obscured by a tree growing out of Curo land at Hanna Close Twerton.

The land where the tree is growing is Curo land and we have asked them to cut this tree back as soon as possible.

Please let us know of any problems and we will attempt to get it resolved.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Your views are needed

Council wants your views on proposed polling stations 

Residents of Bath and North East Somerset are being asked for their views on the list of
proposed polling stations for next May’s local government elections.

Last month the Local Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) published its final
recommendations on the electoral review of ward boundaries for
Bath & North East Somerset Council. The proposed new arrangements will reduce the
number of councillors from 65 to 59, and the number of wards from 37 to 33.

As a result the majority of wards in Bath and North East Somerset will change, making it
necessary to re-draw the boundaries of the polling districts which form each individual
ward, and to identify polling stations within easy reach of all electors.

This is an opportunity for local residents to express their views on the new polling station
 scheme and to make suggestions for any alternative buildings within their local area.

Views are invited from all electors, particularly in relation to access to premises or
facilities for those who have different forms of disability.

The list of polling stations can be viewed on the Council website:

Comments and suggestions for venues should be posted to:
The Electoral Registration Office, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall,
High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Or you can email:

All comments should be submitted no later than 22nd October 2018.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Tanners Walk/Boyce Close walkabout

We had a great afternoon talking with residents in Tanners Walk and Boyce Close yesterday, with several issues raised.

We will look into these and get back to the residents shortly on what can be done.

We also found the road leading up to Long Valley Road has become very bad really quickly and have contacted the Highways team to request urgent action is taken to get it repaired.

If any residents that we missed would like to contact us on any issues then please do so, we are here to help if we can.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Newton Road - Fallen Tree update

We are pleased to confirm that we have chased up the removal of the fallen tree on Newton Road with Curo, who have responded to say they have asked their contractor to prioritise the removal of this when they are next in the area, which they say is frequently.

We will obviously monitor this as it needs to be taken away as soon as possible.

Monday, 8 October 2018

HMO Planning application 74 Redland Park

We have a retrospective planning application for the conversion of a 3 bedroomed dwelling house to a 4 bedroomed HMO at 74 Redland Park.

This house has slipped through the net as it has been operating as an HMO for several years now.

If you want to make comments on this application or view the application the please follow the link below.

This property will also require an HMO Licence that is not linked to this application from January 2019.

74 Redland Park

HMO Planning application 37 High Street Twerton

We have a new planning application for the conversion of a dwelling house into a four bedroomed HMO at 37 High Street Twerton.

The house is currently a 3 bedroomed home although the application says it is a 4 bedroomed house an objection has already been submitted asking for its referral to the development control committee.

If you want to view the application of make comments on it then please follow the link below.

37 High Street Twerton

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

BANES Councillors - What are they responsible for?

Many parts of England have 2 tiers of Local Government:

  • County Council
  • District, Borough or City Councils

In some parts of the country, there’s just 1 (unitary) tier of local government providing all the local services. The 3 main types are:
  • Unitary authorities in shire areas
  • London Boroughs
  • Metropolitan Boroughs
Bath & North East Somerset Council is a Unitary Authority and therefore are responsible for services across the whole area, which include:

Fire and Public Safety
Social Care
Waste Management
Trading Standards
Rubbish Collection
Council Tax collections
Housing - although a lot of this was sold off to Housing Associations many years ago
Planning Applications

This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities, but is an example of areas that Local Councillors have input and responsibility for as opposed to the MP (Member of Parliament) for the area, who represents the areas view on National issues eg NHS, Central Government Policies that Local Authorities have to follow to effectively manage local issues and other issues that affect the country as a whole.

More information about what Local Councillors can do for you can be found on the BANES website.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Changes to Voting area in BANES

Following a decision in August to change the ward boundaries across Bath and North East Somerset and reduce the number of wards to 33 and number of local councillors from 65 to 59, the council are looking at suitable locations for polling stations that will suit the new boundaries.

There is currently a consultation being carried out by Bath & North East Somerset Council asking for suggested locations for polling stations, if you would like to make a suggestion, you have until 22nd October 2018 to have your say.

Here in Twerton many residents will not be affected by these changes, however, with the whole Whiteway estate being moved within the Twerton boundary, it is possible that the polling station for these residents may change.

We understand this could cause many residents that are less mobile an issue with going further to vote and would suggest they consider making use of the very secure postal voting option available.  Forms can be obtained direct from the Council and this is the link to their website.

If you would like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

Monday, 1 October 2018

HMO Licensing Law changes

As we reported recently, with effect from today (01.10.2018) the laws around HMO Licensing have changed.

There are 3 key changes to the law:

1. Mandatory licensing will no longer be limited to certain HMOs that are three or more storeys high, but will also include buildings with one or two storeys, that contain 5 or more persons from two or more households. 

2. Local housing authorities must impose conditions as to the minimum room size which may be occupied as sleeping accommodation in the HMO.

The minimum sleeping room sizes to be imposed as conditions of Part 2 licences are: 

  • 6.51 m2 for one person over 10 years of age
  • 10.22 m2 for two persons over 10 years of age
  • 4.64 m2 for one child under the age of 10 years

3. Local authorities will be required to impose a mandatory condition concerning the provision of suitable refuse storage facilities for HMOs. Local authorities will be aware that HMOs, occupied by separate and multiple households, generate more waste and rubbish than single family homes. Some local authorities have made specific provision under their function as the local waste authority for landlords of HMOs to ensure there are appropriate facilities for storing rubbish their properties generate.

In addition to this new law Bath & North East Somerset Council have agreed to roll out the additional HMO Licensing requirements from 1st January 2019 which will mean smaller HMO's (with three or four people from two or more households) will also be subject to these laws across the entire Bath area.

Full details of the new legislation can be viewed here.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Public Spaces Protection Order (Street drinking)

Following numerous complaints from local residents, we are pleased to confirm we have managed to get agreement from both Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Police to make Twerton High Street a family friendly environment, with the implementation of a Public Spaces Protection Order.  

This means that it is an offence to drink alcohol publicly and if caught may be issue with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Councillor Tim Ball and local campaigner Sarah Moore were out in Twerton High Street yesterday erecting the notices, which means this order is now legally enforceable and anyone caught in contravention of this order can now be dealt with accordingly.

This is another step forward in making Twerton a community for everyone to enjoy. 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

HMO granted planning permission Windrush Close

Despite residents objections to this planning application and my request for the matter to be determined at Development Control Committee, a delegated decision to grant planing permission has been granted at 2 Windrush Close on 25th September.

The request to determine the application at the Development Control Committee was dismissed by the Chair.

This property now has permission to be converted into a 5 bedroomed HMO.

A copy of the decision is in the Link below.

2 Windrush Close

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Waterloo Buildings ( fencing improvements)

We have asked Curo to clear away the old fencing at the front of the maisonettes at Waterloo Buildings that has completely fallen apart and left the area in a mess.

We have asked that this fencing is replaced with new kick fencing similar to that used around the outside of McDonald's.

We have also asked that they ensure that their tenants keep the fronts of the properties clear.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Mandatory Licensing for HMOs is extended

Landlords across Bath and North East Somerset are being reminded that from 1st October all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), with five or more occupants in two or more households, must be licenced.

The new licensing requirement has been introduced nationwide. Landlords or agents responsible for HMOs that fall under the new definition will be committing a criminal offence if they fail to apply for a licence or a temporary exemption by the deadline.

Private rental properties account of almost a third of all housing in the district. All tenants should be able to live in safe and well managed properties and HMO licensing helps ensure standards are met and maintained.

We are pleased that Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has extended the Licensing scheme agreeing a proposal to extend the scope of licensing to cover HMOs which house three or four people in two or more separate households in Bath City.  Further details on the additional licensing scheme will be released in the coming months.

Between the two schemes an estimated 3,000 HMOs will be covered by licensing; 1,000 through mandatory licensing and 2,000 through additional licensing.
Failing to have an HMO licence is a criminal offence and is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine or a civil penalty of up to £30,000 per offence.

The other consequences of operating an unlicensed HMO are a restriction on using section 21 of the Housing Act to serve a notice seeking possession and a rent repayment order to recover up to 12 months’ rent. Where there is no realistic prospect of licensing the property the Council may also make an Interim Management Order to take over management of the property.

To apply for a licence and find out more visit the Council’s Housing Services website at

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Be prepared for traffic Chaos

Residents in Twerton and Whiteway should be prepared for several weeks of traffic problems getting to work and back home again.

Residents for a number if weeks now have been experiencing problems with delayed buses and problems waiting in traffic lines for long periods. Much of the problems have been Road works on various Roads in Bath that have been affecting All Bus routes in the City.

It seems that just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Well its going to as the Lower Bristol Road is going to be resurfaced in several sections at a time and works will also be taking place on the Upper Bristol Road.

Roads will be closed from 7pm at night till the morning starting on 1st October all buses will be diverted during these hours but will also face disruption in the day time me so please be prepared and adjust your travelling  times.

Works in other locations will also add to travel misery.

Please follow the link to find out more this relates to work starting 1st October.

We will publish more as information comes available.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

It's good to talk

We have been out talking with residents in Landseer Road recently and have picked up on various issues in the area including anti-social behaviour, broken, dangerous drain covers and street lights that do not work at night, all of which have been reported for repair.

The residents in Landseer Road have also taken ownership of their street by clearing up the streets, planting flowers and shrubs and even installing a seat so they can sit out talking with each other.

We are out in Twerton all year round talking with residents to ensure their voices are heard.

Residents often say they do not know who to talk to about issues  in their community, especially if their landlord, housing association or council are not listening to them and we are keen to make sure everyone across Twerton know we are here all year around, but also make it clear what local Councillors can actually do for them.

A lot of issues raised are things that are down to central government and locally elected individuals have very limited capacity to help, but without being asked we cannot direct people to the correct people that could help.

We also find with the rapid cuts and constant changes in services, residents feel they no longer get value for money from their taxes.

Please do look out for us in your street and don't be afraid to stop us and have a chat, we are keen to make Twerton the best community it can be.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Keep safe take the advice get your gas appliances checked.

After the long hot summer this year its now time to focus on preparing for winter – and we’re urging everyone to take just five simple steps to make sure winter doesn’t catch them out: 
1.       Get gas appliances safety checked by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer – this should be done every year. 

2.       Keep your eye on your appliances: Flames on your cooker and boiler should be crisp and blue, and no sooty black marks on or around any gas appliances.

3.       Make sure you have an audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarm: it might save your life and save you from the debilitating side effects of CO poisoning.

4.       Know the signs of CO poisoning: a headache is the most common but also dizziness, feeling sick, tiredness & confusion, stomach pain and shortness of breath.  The symptoms are flu-like without the high temperature – but very high levels can kill almost instantly.

5.       Save the National Gas Emergency Number 0800 111 999 in your phone so you can call it immediately if you smell gas or suspect the presence of CO.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Mixed planning results at Development Control Committee

97 Sheridan Road

We are pleased to be able to inform residents that the controversial planning application to convert 97 Sheridan Road into an HMO has been turned down by Bath & North East Somerset Council's Development Control Committee on 29th August.

Twerton Councillor Tim Ball who addressed the meeting had referred the item to the committee after receiving numerous comments from residents concerning the scale of the application.

The application was rejected on the grounds of the amount of parking problems that it would cause and on road safety issues and also causing residential harm to the area. Members of the committee expressed concern that this property formerly a 3 bedroomed family home was to become a six bed HMO.

99 Sheridan Road

This application was for a four bedroomed HMO although we laid the same concerns as 97 Sheridan Road, members of the Development Control Committee approved the application as they thought that the scale of the development was less of a problem.

We have also asked for an urgent policy review on how the number of current HMO units are counted by the planning department.
If you have concerns about any planning application, then please let us know as without your input we are powerless to be able to help.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Two planning applications to report one variation of use one HMO

1) Freedom House , Lower Bristol Road, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1EP

This application is to formalise car parking arrangements to the rear of Freedom House and so they can share the carparking they have with Curo, and it their words stop parking over spilling on to local Roads.

Please follow this link to view or comment on this application.

2) 2 Windrush Close, Whiteway, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 1PL
Change of use from 3 bed dwelling house (use class C3) to 5 bed house in multiple occupation (use class C4)

Please follow this link to view or comment on this application. 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Dogs mess Twerton High Street

I have been receiving rather a lot of complaints from residents about the amount of dogs mess that there is on Twerton High Street that is being caused by just a few dogs.

I have asked that the dogs mess is cleared up and that the culprits the dog owners are caught and dealt with.

It is annoying that some people are not caring enough to pick up the mess that their dogs are making.

Please let me know if you are aware of further problems.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Highland Road ( street cleaning issues )

We have asked the council and Curo to take action to remove the weeds and rubbish from the footpaths in Highland Road.

Weeds that have grown through the paths are not acceptable  and residents should not be expected to put up with the untidy conditions that have been created.

We would expect the are to be brought back up to standard in a very short period of time.

We will be monitoring the condition of this area and will be chasing the matter up if it is not brought up to an acceptable standard.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

New Planning application for HMO in East Way

We have a new planning application to convert 16 East Way from a 4 bedroomed family home into an House of multiple occupation ( HMO ).

The application has just been submitted and is available for comments until 20th September.

If you wish to view the application or make comments or objections then please follow this link. 16 East Way 

Newton Road ( Road repairs delays likely )

Newton Road in Twerton is currently undergoing repairs to the road surface and there are two way traffic lights operating.

The works will take two days to complete and hold ups are likely.

Please avoid Newton Road if travelling by car today 31st July and tomorrow 1st August if at all possible.

Twerton High Street ( Potential traffic delays)

We have been informed of possible delays for traffic just under Twerton arch that will be in place between between 7th August to the 16th August,

Western Power are carrying out works in the-footpath and the highway and may be using traffic control signalling although I cant see the point as it is all one way.

The issue is that there is likely to be delays in traffic flows from the Lower Bristol Road into Twerton High Street and residents should be aware of possible delays.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Reaching out across the generations Age concern latest newsletter. Can you help your neighbour.

Age concern do a lot to help elderly people in Twerton and the whole of Bath see what you can do to help them to help either yourself or your friends and neighbours.

If we all spent a bit of time helping others then the world will be a much better place.

A link to the newsletter is below

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

innox Park improvement its time to have your say.

Innox Park Improvement Project – Have Your Say!

Bath and North East Somerset Council is asking how Innox Park can be improved for people and wildlife.

A consultation survey has been launched to understand how the park is used, what people like and dislike about it and to ask what improvements should be made.  The Council hopes that this will be the start of a long term programme of improvements for the park and to kick start the process it has set aside £79,000 of Section 106 developer contributions to spend on improvements on the ground.

Anyone with an interest in the park is invited to take part in the consultation in one of the following ways:

1)       Complete the online survey consultation at
2)       Come along to Innox Park between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 8th September 2018 when members of the Council will be on hand to hear your views. Copies of the consultation survey will be available on the day
3)       Email your suggestions on how the park could be improved to

Completed surveys must be returned by 5pm on Sunday 30th September 2018 when the initial community consultation will close.

For further information please contact the Council’s Parks Team on

You can also let myself or Sarah know.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

North Way - Update

Following numerous requests and meetings with the Council I am pleased to see the 2 largest potholes have finally been repaired.

The big hole at the top of the hill was repaired last month as well, which at least makes the road a little safer for people to use, however, I will continue to push for the whole of this road to be restructured as soon as the funds are put into the budget.

We are also working hard to get all the roads across our area fully repaired and safe for all road users.  

If you have any issues on your street that you want to make us aware of, please do get in touch.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Cotswold View Planning Application

This week's planning list includes one application for the Twerton area.

It is a request to convert a 3 bed house in Cotswold View to a 4 bed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The details can be found here, please make sure you take a look and respond directly to the application with your views. 

The deadline for comments is 4th May 2018