Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Free school meals vouchers for summer holidays

This summer, families in Bath and North East Somerset who are eligible for free school meals will be provided with vouchers worth £90 per child to help prevent holiday hunger. From 12:00 on Wednesday (July 20), families will receive an email from Bath & North East Somerset Council offering supermarket vouchers worth £15 per child per week. Once they confirm, a second email will be sent containing ‘Select’ codes with a web link to the council’s supplier, Hawk Incentives, taking them to a page where they will be presented with a selection of supermarkets to choose from. The reward total can be split between different supermarkets and codes can be added for each qualifying child to increase the reward total. The scheme is funded by the Government’s Household Support Fund to support vulnerable households. New rules set by the Government earlier this year about how the fund should be spent meant vouchers offered by the council from the May 2022 holiday onwards are now £15 per child, instead of the £20 per child offered in previous holiday periods. we are disappointed that government changed the rules around the distribution of the Household Support Fund, however we are pleased we are in a position to provide this support to families over the upcoming six-week holiday which can be a financially challenging time for people already on low incomes. With the rise in the cost of living we hope this funding will provide a significant boost to families who need it in Bath and North East Somerset. “Anyone who is struggling can get in touch with us. We can help you access other support with food across the area, including via our Welfare Support Team and the Community Wellbeing Hub.” Anyone eligible for benefit related free school meals and has not claimed a voucher previously can make a claim through council’s free school meals vouchers web portal which will open during the afternoon of July 20. Anyone eligible for the vouchers who does not have electronic means of contacting the council should telephone the Benefits team on 01225 477777 (option 4).

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Planning Applications w/c 18.07.2022

This week we have no new planning applications for Twerton/Whiteway. All previous applications can be accessed on the BANES website.

Monday, 18 July 2022

New Street Signs

Whilst out and about in Twerton and Whiteway, Councillors Tim Ball and Sarah Moore have noticed a number of street signs that need replacing due to their poor condition.

These include the road signs in Garrick Road, Wedgwood Road and Walwyn Close as well as the Cheveron signs at the circle of trees on Haycombe Drive.

They have also requested a large number of white and double yellow lines are repainted as they are so badly faded.

If you have an issue in your street that needs resolving, please do get in touch.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Can you help by watering young trees

Newly planted trees need to be watered regularly over the summer months if they are going to become established and thrive. Our Parks & Greenspaces Team are busy out watering young street trees that were planted during the winters of 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, as part of the Council’s weekly tree watering schedule. However, during this spell of hot and dry weather, the trees need supplementary watering. Do you have a young tree outside your house, or perhaps you pass one on your walk to work or school? Then you can help! As a general rule, young trees should receive at least 50 litres of water per week during May, June, July, and August… but every little helps! Watering should ideally be carried out in the early morning or evening. A sustainable water source should be used where possible. Harvested rainwater is ideal, but bath water or water which has been used for washing up is also suitable. The TiCL National Tree Watering Scheme Could you become a local Tree Watering Champion? The National Tree Watering Scheme helps identify local trees that need extra water for individuals to ‘Befriend’ and give the tree regular water during the hottest parts of the year. Find out more at: PLEASE WATER YOUNG TREES REGULARLY DURING DRY PERODS WITH AS MUCH AS YOU CAN – EVERY LITTLE HELPS

Friday, 15 July 2022

Heat Health warning what to do

With temperatures set to continue rising and a UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Met Office Level 3 heat-health alert residents across Bath & North East Somerset are being encouraged to stay safe in the sun. And people are being reminded about earlier waste and recycling collections, starting at 6am as well as highways teams starting earlier at 7am so crews can make the most of working in the cooler mornings. During the extreme heat people are being encouraged to: Check on others Check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather Stay hydrated Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am-3pm when UV radiation is strongest and always use sunscreen Physical activity Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day Keeping the home cool Keep your living space cool. Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment. During the hottest periods find the coolest part of your home or garden/outside On car journeys Ensure babies, children, older people and pets are not left alone in parked cars, which can quickly overheat Make sure you take water with you if travelling, in the event of delays or traffic congestion Look out for the signs of heat-related harm If you feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst and a headache, move to a cool place asap. Drink water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate. Avoid excess alcohol Call 111 if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist. Call 999 if a person develops any signs of heatstroke as this is a medical emergency Enjoy the water safely Take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down. Alcohol is a major factor in accidental drownings Avoid swimming in reservoirs or harbours – there are hidden dangers and strong under-currents If you’re driving to a local lake or river to cool down, please be considerate and follow parking restrictions for the safety of others and to allow for an ambulance or fire engine to pass Risk of wildfires The risk of wildfires is high – please take care of the countryside, parks and open spaces by avoiding BBQs and fires and clearing up litter Calling emergency services Only call 999 in an emergency, as demand on blue light services increases during periods of extreme weather Ends LRF Extreme Heat advice_AMBER warning_July 2022 v2

Poolemead Road Safety

Another priority that was raised with Councillors Sarah Moore and Tim Ball by a large number of local residents was to ensure there was a safer way to cross Poolemead Road outside Twerton Infants School.

They met with Highways offices and the school’s head teacher George Samios to discuss options to slow the traffic and narrow the road to help keep all the pedestrians safe.

The above image has been drawn up following the meeting with the officers and is what is planned to be put in place as soon as it possibly can be.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Community Action Days

Following a number of conversations with residents, Councillors Tim Ball and Sarah Moore are pleased to confirm that during the last few weeks of July the Council along with Curo will be taking action across Twerton and Whiteway to clear some of our areas.

The action days will include litter picks, weed clearance and sign post cleaning as well as other issues that need resolving. The action days will involve Council and Curo staff who will work alongside residents and Councillors to help resolve some issues that are outstanding.

We will publish the dates and locations on social media and deliver a newsletter to tell residents which areas will be worked upon several days before each event.

Residents will be very welcome to help out with any of the action days.

Some areas have already benefited from this clearance work over the past few weeks and it would be great to see more areas covered.