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.