Thursday, 30 December 2010

Twerton Councillors Surgery


The Next Twerton Councillors Surgery will be held on Saturday 7th January at 10am till 11am at the Hut Newton Road next to St Michael's Junior School.

No appointment is needed for the Surgery Just turn up and we will be pleased to see you.

50/50: Working in Parallel

Textile artist Matthew Harris and Mosaic artist Cleo Mussi are holding a joint exhibition at the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Victoria Art Gallery from February 12 – April 3, 2011. 
Based in Stroud, they have lived and worked side-by-side in various studios since 1987 but ‘50/50’ is their first joint exhibition. Inspired by a trip to Japan, the show explores ideas and imagery gleaned exploring the temples and gardens of Kyoto, the Art Galleries and Architecture of Tokyo, and further a field, the Naoshima Inland sea.

“50/50 aims to show the work of two individuals working in parallel yet independently on a theme,” said gallery manager Jon Benington. “On initial viewing their work may appear to have little in common, however it shares a language that involves the repetitive construction of whole complex images from pieces of cloth, paper and reclaimed ceramic. The process of fragmenting materials, its reconstruction and echoed imagery is their common ground. 

“The content of the show is in two halves, linked by a central core showing their working methods. Whilst Harris’s cloth works are abstract compositions that leave the viewer time for contemplation, Mussi’s  figurative mosaics represent the mad chaos, modern production and contemporary imagery that is the flip side of Japanese culture.”

Both Matthew and Cleo studied at Goldsmith College, University of London, 24 years ago.
Matthew has exhibited in Japan, the USA and Europe. He has work in the Crafts Council collection and The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and in 2009 he was short listed for the first Arts foundation award for Textile Art. 

Cleo is an internationally recognised artist and is known for her humorous twists and attention to detail. Mussi’s current series of wall mounted mosaic panels combine both modern Japan alongside traditional influences. 

Also showing is a new exhibition by Bath artist Karen Wallis titled ‘Views and Observations’. Karen’s recent paintings and drawings celebrate everyday things which are often overlooked. These landscapes, still lifes and interiors with people are executed in a traditional style influenced by Rembrandt and Edward Hopper. Visitors to the show are invited to create their own views and observations for an online exhibition.  

Now the second most visited museum in Bath with 117,000 visitors a year, the Victoria Art Gallery is known for its friendly atmosphere, exciting and varied programme of exhibitions and stunning permanent collection from Turner and Gainsborough to the moderns.

The gallery is on Pulteney Bridge, Bath and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1.30– 5pm (closed Mondays). Admission is free.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Waste Deposit site

We have asked for the waste to be removed from the collection site at Bath City Football Club at Dominion Road as the site this morning was overflowing with the rubbish that had been deposited there.

The site has bee provided by the council for residents to use in the bad weather conditions and will remain there during the holiday period.

Residents will be able to deposit their rubbish and recycling at this collection point until early next week but please leave it a few hours for the current deposits to be removed.

Connection Hill to be closed

 
Connection Hill will be closed for five weeks from Monday 17th January so that wessex Water can replace the sewer in the road.

Many people in the area have been complaining about the smell that comes in this area at certain times of day particularly in hot weather.

We hope that the improvement to the sewer in this area will remove this smell.

Please clean up this road

Cleaning standards fall below par at Dominion Road

We have asked for Dominion Road to be cleared up as the road does not meet even the minimum standards that we would expect.

We do realise that the snow and ice have prevented much of the cleaning in the last few weeks but this now needs to be sorted out.
Cleaning standards fall below par at Dominion Road

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Weather @ Service update Christmas @ New Year

Weather Forecast

Between Friday and Sunday, the latest forecast from the Met Office states that the cold weather will continue, though it should be mostly dry with sunshine by day and some very severe frosts by night. There is a chance of rain or snow later on Boxing Day (Sunday). The longer range forecast is less certain but the Met Office predicts that conditions are expected to give way to outbreaks of rain and sleet, preceded by snow for many areas in the period between Christmas and New Year.

To minimise service disruption the Council is putting in place arrangements to ensure that services continue as normally as possible during the Christmas/ New Year period.

Highways Preparations

Highways staff will be working to ensure that all priority routes remain open throughout the Bank Holiday period, as well as car parks, Park and Ride sites, and key footways during this busy time for shopping and travelling.

We are relatively well-placed in terms of grit supplies compared to other areas and we today received a delivery of grit that will support salting throughout the Christmas/ New Year period. This is based upon gritting in normal winter conditions with careful planning and prioritisation of our stocks. The Council is engaging with suppliers and has placed orders for further grit, which are subject to the national demands on the salt supply chain. Highways staff have contingency plans in place if the weather significantly deteriorates. We may need to consider prioritising our use of salt.

Waste Collection Preparations

The Council has already issued advice to households on what to do if their waste collection is missed. This is available on our website. Staff will be working on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December weather permitting to clear the backlog of collections from earlier this week.
 
The waste collection points that have been set-up will continue through the period and usage will be monitored by staff - the locations are available on our website. Additional vehicles and containers have been laid on to cope with the backlog and an anticipated increase in waste following the Christmas period. Extra staff will be working at the transfer stations to cope with this additional waste. Garden waste collection will continue to be suspended to allow extra resources to be put into the collection of domestic waste.

Vulnerable Adult Preparations
 
Adult social services have contingency plans in place for the Christmas/ New Year period. If there is severe weather during the holiday period and any resulting problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service. This contact will be made by their care provider and they would be kept updated throughout the day. Contingency arrangements are in place to reach clients living in difficult locations. Social care staff are on call 24 hours a day. If there are concerns about service provision they can be contacted through the St. Martins switchboard on

01225 831500.

There will be a Community Meals Service over the Christmas/ New Year period. This will operate on normal business days and clients will be offered a frozen meal for Bank Holidays and those days when a personal delivery is not scheduled to take place.  Those people unable to cook a frozen meal will be supported by their carers.

Other Service Preparations


It is anticipated that all other services that would operate during this period will run as normal and all have contingency plans in place to address severe weather conditions.

Communications

The Council will be issuing an update on its website every single day except Christmas Day and an update via Twitter will be issued at the same time. Subscribing to the Council’s Twitter Feed is the quickest way for residents to receive the latest information about our services – www.twitter.com/bathnes

Winter issues in Twerton

The council should have by now refilled the grit bin at Highfield Close as we had previously requested. We also have agreement for another bin next year at Northview Close.

Gritting of the footpaths in Twerton High street should have been completed yesterday. Today the paths around the bungalows at Newton Road should have been gritted as should have been the Path that leads to Cleeve Court off of Newton Road.

We have also asked for the paths around the bungalows at Woodhouse Road to be gritted as many of the old people are unable to get out.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Twerton Market

Why not join us this week on Thursday in Twerton Market at Bath City football club and get the last minute gifts for the family.

The Market has its own fishmonger and butcher as well as two greengrocers. The plant stall is a pleasure to look around and you can find all sorts there.

The sweet stall sells many varieties and you can also get cakes and crisps. There are also stalls that sell cards and hardware.

Farmers Market

The Bath farmers market will be open this Thursday at Green Park Station.

Why not go along and support local farmers and traders and get that extra Christmas gift that you may have forgotten.

Sever Weather update 7am 21st December

Weather Forecast

Today, it is forecast for some light sleet or snow flurries in the afternoon with a more persistent spell of sleet or snow possible overnight and during Wednesday morning, with accumulations 2-5cm possible. Throughout the rest of Wednesday, some light snow showers are expected at times, but overall there will be a good deal of dry weather. It will remain cold.

Highways and Car Parks

Gritting crews gritted all the 260 miles of our priority route network with another salting run during the night.  All the main roads are  running normally.

However conditions on side roads, minor roads and untreated surfaces are particularly icy and difficult, especially as road temperatures fell to -2c during the night.  We would urge all pedestrians and drivers to exercise due care in these conditions. Drivers should watch out for ice, keep to the main roads and avoid side roads if at all possible.

All the car parks and park and ride sites will be treated as usual and are anticipated to remain open. Car parks and key footways in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton will also be attended to. 

It is hoped that the Park and Ride buses will be operating today. However the final decision will be taken by the bus operators First Bus.

Information on other bus services will be posted on this website today. 

Salt stocks

The Council has planned well in advance for the possibility of severe weather conditions. We have a 1,400 ton salt capacity at Clutton Depot and improved storage facilities at Braysdown. Our capacity is at an all time high this winter in order to salt 260 miles of priority routes across the district. This represents 38% of the total highways network – well above the national average of 30%. For us to complete this work, salt stocks and manpower must be prioritised.

The Council maintains 388 grit bins at present. Refilling bins during periods of adverse or severe weather/ snowfall is labour intensive and the salt stored in these is often spread too heavily, used on private drives, or sometimes stolen. We will continue to meet reasonable requests to refill grit bins, although this ability depends upon the demands on resources of keeping the priority route road network gritted. 

Although the Council has ordered more salt to replenish stocks following the adverse weather experienced a few weeks ago, there is very high national demand for salt because of the problems experienced in the north and the south east already this winter. Should conditions become increasingly severe with even more ice and snow then the Council will need to consider taking measures to conserve salt supplies.

The Council is unable to supply salt to individual residents and in order to ensure  public safety residents should not attempt to collect salt from Clutton Depot. Electronic gates prevent public access and maintain security. 

Waste Collections

Because of the severe weather conditions experienced on Monday morning all waste collections were cancelled and garden waste collections have been stood down until further notice to allow our resources to be concentrated on domestic waste. We are unlikely to be able to conduct a full round of collections on Tuesday 21st December.

Households are being asked to put their waste out on their scheduled collection day. We will attempt to collect it, subject to weather conditions. If we are unable to collect waste, households have the following options:

·         Leave waste out and we will do our best to catch-up – this should not cause an obstruction on the highway or pavement;

or

·         Take the waste back into storage and put it out again on the next scheduled collection day;

or

·         Take the waste to a collection point. These have been set-up at Odd Down Park & Ride (6.30am – 9.30pm), Newbridge Park & Ride (6.30am – 9.30pm), and Bath City FC Twerton (open all hours). These will also operate on Tuesday 21st December and will include recycling facilities from tomorrow. On Tuesday 21st December, a collection point will be established at Tescos, Midsomer Norton from 8.30am (open all hours);

or

·         Households may also take it to their local Recycling Centre.

In common with all local authorities nationwide, public safety is paramount when we make a decision on conducting waste collections during adverse weather conditions. When conditions are icy it is unsafe for both pedestrians and vehicles to have waste vehicles weighing up to 20 tonnes negotiating narrow residential streets and collecting waste.

In some cases, residents may have their recycling collected and residual waste not collected (or vice-versa). As well as varying conditions during the day being a factor, recycling vehicles are smaller and weigh less (around 12 tonnes compared to 20) than residual waste collection vehicles meaning they are more manoeuvrable.

Heritage Services

All the Council's Heritage buildings are anticipated to be open as normal today (Tuesday). This includes the Fashion Museum, Roman Baths, the Pump Room and the Victoria Art Gallery.

Adult Social Care

Clara Cross Rehab Unit: Tuesday Dec 21 - All clinics and exercise groups are cancelled.

Further  information will be posted on the website, when available.

Adult care services, clients, carers and relatives should be assured if there is severe weather and any resulting problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service. This contact will be made by their care provider and they would be kept updated throughout the day. Contingency arrangements are in place to reach clients living in difficult locations.

Other Services

Schools have broken up for Christmas. There is information about Children's Centres and Community Resource Centres on www.bathnes.gov.uk/severeweather

It is anticipated that the libraries, Council Connect, the Contact Centre and Shopmobility will be open today.  

There could be disruption to some services over the coming days and especially those susceptible to icy and snowy conditions. The Council will keep people updated through its website – www.bathnes.gov.uk - about the impact on services – any updates will also be highlighted through its Twitter Feed www.twitter.com/bathnes

For more information

1. The quickest and most direct way of bringing to our attention a problem on the roads, or any other service, is by contacting the Council via the following methods www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit

2. The Council’s website will be updated regularly to keep residents up to date about general information: www.bathnes.gov.uk

3. All other enquiries should be made to Council Connect on 01225 394041 between 8am – 6pm weekdays (Wednesday 9.30am – 6pm);

4. Outside of these times the Council’s Out of Office Emergency number is 01225 477 477;

5.People can email on councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk or SMS text on 07797806545. These can be contacted 24 hours a day and a response will be sent next working day. These methods should not be used for emergency communication.

Service specific telephone numbers

Enquiries about Adult care transport should call 01225 394371.

For information on the wider public transport network, bus passengers can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233

Monday, 20 December 2010

Severe Weather Updates Cold weather service update – 20th December 4pm

Weather forecast

Most of the district experienced snow showers during the early morning and the afternoon. This combined with sub-zero road temperatures has made conditions extremely difficult. On Tuesday, it is forecast for some light sleet or snow showers in the afternoon with a more persistent spell of sleet or snow possible overnight and during Wednesday morning, with accumulations 2-5cm possible. Throughout the rest of Wednesday, some light snow showers are expected at time, but overall there will be a good deal of dry weather. It will remain cold.

In light of today’s weather and forecast conditions over the coming days we will be reviewing how we run the most severely affected services to get through this period of exceptionally bad weather.

Roads update

Road conditions in some parts of the district have become extremely hazardous. Teams of gritting crews have responded to the prevailing road conditions around the clock – another salting run will be conducted at 7pm this evening. Council gritting crews will continue to work 24 hours a day to salt the 260 miles of priority routes on the road network.

We cannot afford to be complacent with our salt stocks and will continue to prioritise the use of salt accordingly. It is our policy that side roads will not be gritted. But in these exceptional circumstances we will endeavour to redeploy any available resources to assist communities that are struggling in the conditions.

For the time being, we will continue to meet reasonable requests to refill grit bins, although this ability depends upon the demands on resources of keeping the priority route road network gritted. A significant amount of work has taken place to keep Council facilities, like car parks and Park and Ride services, operating normally in response to icy conditions.

Although the Council has ordered more salt to replenish stocks following the adverse weather experienced a few weeks ago, there is very high national demand for salt because of the problems experienced in the north and the south east already this winter. The Council is considering what measures need to be taken to conserve salt supplies so that we can continue to grit our priority route network.


Waste Collections

Because of the severe weather conditions experienced on Monday morning all waste collections were cancelled and garden waste collections have been stood down until further notice to allow our resources to be concentrated on domestic waste. We are unlikely to be able to conduct a full round of collections on Tuesday 21st December.

Households are being asked to put their waste out on their scheduled collection day. We will attempt to collect it, subject to weather conditions. If we are unable to collect waste, households have the following options:

·         Leave waste out and we will do our best to catch-up – this should not cause an obstruction on the highway or pavement;

or

·         Take the waste back into storage and put it out again on the next scheduled collection day;

or

·         Take the waste to a collection point. These have been set-up at Odd Down Park & Ride (6.30am – 9.30pm), Newbridge Park & Ride (6.30am – 9.30pm), and Bath City FC Twerton (open all hours). These will also operate on Tuesday 21st December and will include recycling facilities from tomorrow. On Tuesday 21st December, a collection point will be established at Tescos, Midsomer Norton from 8.30am (open all hours);

or

·         Households may also take it to their local Recycling Centre.

Staff will work Bank Holidays on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th, and Sunday 2nd January 2011 if needs be.

In common with all local authorities nationwide, public safety is paramount when we make a decision on conducting waste collections during adverse weather conditions. When conditions are icy it is unsafe for both pedestrians and vehicles to have waste vehicles weighing up to 20 tonnes negotiating narrow residential streets and collecting waste.

In some cases, residents may have their recycling collected and residual waste not collected (or vice-versa). As well as varying conditions during the day being a factor, recycling vehicles are smaller and weigh less (around 12 tonnes compared to 20) than residual waste collection vehicles meaning they are more manoeuvrable.

Other services

Schools have now broken-up for Christmas holidays today.

The severe weather has affected some adult social care services with disruption to day services, health visits, and some activity groups. Adult care services, clients, carers and relatives should be assured if there is severe weather and any resulting problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service. This contact will be made by their care provider and they would be kept updated throughout the day. Contingency arrangements are in place to reach clients living in difficult locations.

Social care staff are on call 24 hours a day. If there are concerns about service provision they can be contacted through the St. Martins switchboard on 01225 831000.

Communications

The local media, including radio stations, are being issued with service status updates. However, the media cannot be relied upon to report every update. Subscribing to the Council’s Twitter Feed is the quickest way for residents to receive the latest information about our services – www.twitter.com/bathnes

Local residents can find also out the latest service situation by going to www.bathnes.gov.uk and clicking on ‘Severe Weather Updates’. Please encourage your local residents to use these methods of obtaining information wherever possible.

Broken hand rail replaced opposite local school


The Broken Hand rail on Poolemead Road opposite Twerton infant School has been removed and replaced with a new one we are pleased that this has been done as the steps at this location can be very dangerous.

These steps form part of our proposals for a safe crossing point for school children in this area.

New hand rail fitted

We are pleased to be able to report that a new hand rail has been fitted to the steps that run from Sheridan Road to Pennyquick Hill.

This has been fitted after we made requests to the council for one to be fitted at this location, We have already heard from some residents who are delighted with the new installation.

Weather Update 20th December

Weather Forecast

It remain dry through the night (Sunday night), with temperatures falling to well below freezing causing ice, especially on untreated roads.  However there is a band of snow moving across towards the Bath and North East Somerset area. It is expected that up to 8cm of snow will arrive at about 7.30 am today. The snow is expected to be widespread. There also is a risk of further snow showers during the day.

Road temperatures will continue to be below zero and this will make untreated roads particularly icy and difficult. 

Highways and Car Parks

Highways Inspectors have been out monitoring the road network from 4am   The gritting crews gritted all the 260 miles of main roads during the night and are currently out gritting the network in preparation for the snow due to arrive shortly. Even with the snow currently forecast, it is anticipated that all the main roads will be passable with care.

However conditions on side roads, minor roads and untreated surfaces are particularly icy and difficult, especially if new snow falls on untreated ice.  We would urge all pedestrians and drivers to exercise due care in these conditions. Drivers should allow themselves more time to get to their destination and leave earlier.  They should also watch out for ice, keep to the main roads and avoid side roads if at all possible.

All the car parks and park and ride sites have been gritted today and are anticipated to remain open. The Council's Neighbourhood team are ready to deal with any snow. Car parks and key footways in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton will also be attended to. 

It is hoped that the Park and Ride buses will be operating today. However the final decision will be taken by the bus operators First Bus. Members of the public expecting to use this service should check on the First Bus website (see below) for further information before making their journey.

Buses

Before setting out anybody thinking of travelling by bus should look on the First Bus website  for the latest information.

Salt stocks

The Council has planned well in advance for the possibility of severe weather conditions. We have a 1,400 ton salt capacity at Clutton Depot and improved storage facilities at Braysdown. Our capacity is at an all time high this winter in order to salt 260 miles of priority routes across the district. This represents 38% of the total highways network – well above the national average of 30%. For us to complete this work, salt stocks and manpower must be prioritised.

The Council maintains 388 grit bins at present. Refilling bins during periods of adverse or severe weather/ snowfall is labour intensive and the salt stored in these is often spread too heavily, used on private drives, or sometimes stolen. We will continue to meet reasonable requests to refill grit bins, although this ability depends upon the demands on resources of keeping the priority route road network gritted. 

Although the Council has ordered more salt to replenish stocks following the adverse weather experienced a few weeks ago, there is very high national demand for salt because of the problems experienced in the north and the south east already this winter. Should conditions become increasingly severe with even more ice and snow then the Council will need to consider taking measures to conserve salt supplies.

The Council is unable to supply salt to individual residents and in order to ensure  public safety residents should not attempt to collect salt from Clutton Depot. Electronic gates prevent public access and maintain security. 

Waste Collection 

Depending on the extent of the snow and the icy conditions there could be some disruption to waste collections today (Monday).

The Council's advice is that the public should put their waste out as planned. If it is not collected, the Council would prefer residents to take their waste back onto their property until the next scheduled collection day. If this is not possible because conditions underfoot are treacherous or footpaths on the property are unsafe, then the items may be left out so long as it does not cause an obstruction on the footway.

In common with all local authorities nationwide, public safety is of paramount importance when decisions are made on collecting waste during the adverse weather. When conditions are icy it is unsafe for both pedestrians and other vehicles to have waste vehicles weighing up to 20 tonnes negotiating narrow residential streets and collecting waste.

In some cases, residents may have their recycling collected, as recycling vehicles are much smaller and more manoeuvrable.

Heritage Services

All the Council's Heritage buildings are anticipated to be open as normal today (Monday). This includes the Fashion Museum, Roman Baths, the Pump Room and the Victoria Art Gallery.

Other Services

There could be disruption to some services over the coming days and especially those susceptible to icy and snowy conditions, like waste collections. The Council will keep people updated through its website – www.bathnes.gov.uk - about the impact on services – any updates will also be highlighted through its Twitter Feed www.twitter.com/bathnes

In respect of adult care services, clients, carers and relatives should be assured if there is severe weather and any resulting problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service. This contact will be made by their care provider and they would be kept updated throughout the day.

Useful vulnerable adult telephone numbers: Community and Health Access Team: 01225 396000. Emergency Duty Team: 01454 615165

For more information

1. The quickest and most direct way of bringing to our attention a problem on the roads, or any other service, is by contacting the Council via the following methods www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit

2. The Council’s website will be updated regularly to keep residents up to date about general information: www.bathnes.gov.uk

3. All other enquiries should be made to Council Connect on 01225 394041 between 8am – 6pm weekdays (Wednesday 9.30am – 6pm);

4. Outside of these times the Council’s Out of Office Emergency number is 01225 477 477;

5.People can email on councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk or SMS text on 07797806545. These can be contacted 24 hours a day and a response will be sent next working day. These methods should not be used for emergency communication.

Service specific telephone numbers

Enquiries about Adult care transport should call 01225 394371.

For information on the wider public transport network, bus passengers can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Grit Bins

We have asked the council to refill the Salt bin at the bottom of Innox Road.

We have also asked the council to consider placing another bin at the Top of Innox Road by Northview Close

Severe Weather Updates Cold weather service update – 19th December

Severe Weather Updates

Cold weather service update – 19th December (7am)
We will update this page of the website as and when required during periods of bad weather. 
Weather Forecast

Last night (Saturday night) was dry with clear skies, which resulted in sub zero temperatures throughout the area. Today (Sunday), will remain very cold although it is unlikely that snow will return. 

Road temperatures are still below zero and this will make untreated roads particularly icy and difficult. 

Highways and Car Parks
The gritting crews gritted all the 260 miles of main roads during the night, and there are currently no problems on the road network. All main roads are running normally.

However conditions on side roads, minor roads and untreated surfaces are particularly icy and treacherous.  We would urge all pedestrians and drivers to exercise due care in these conditions. Drivers should watch out for ice, keep to the main roads and avoid side roads if at all possible.

All the the car parks and park and ride sites are being gritted this morning to ensure they remain open for Christmas shopping.  Car parks and key footways in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton will also be attended to. 
At this time it is anticipated that the Park and Ride buses will also be operating normally.  Members of the public expecting to use this service should check on the First Bus website (see below) for further information before making their journey. 

Buses
Before setting out anybody thinking of travelling by bus should look on the First Bus website  for the latest information.
Salt stocks

The Council has planned well in advance for the possibility of severe weather conditions. We have a 1,400 ton salt capacity at Clutton Depot and improved storage facilities at Braysdown. Our capacity is at an all time high this winter in order to salt 260 miles of priority routes across the district. This represents 38% of the total highways network – well above the national average of 30%. For us to complete this work, salt stocks and manpower must be prioritised.

The Council maintains 388 grit bins at present. Refilling bins during periods of adverse or severe weather/ snowfall is labour intensive and the salt stored in these is often spread too heavily, used on private drives, or sometimes stolen. We will continue to meet reasonable requests to refill grit bins, although this ability depends upon the demands on resources of keeping the priority route road network gritted.  

Although the Council has ordered more salt to replenish stocks following the adverse weather experienced a few weeks ago, there is very high national demand for salt because of the problems experienced in the north and the south east already this winter. Should conditions become increasingly severe with even more ice and snow then the Council will need to consider taking measures to conserve salt supplies.

The Council is unable to supply salt to individual residents and in order to ensure  public safety residents should not attempt to collect salt from Clutton Depot. Electronic gates prevent public access and maintain security. 

Heritage Services
All the Council's Heritage buildings are anticipated to be open as normal today (Sunday). This includes the Fashion Museum, Roman Baths, the Pump Room and the Victoria Art Gallery.

Other Services
There could be disruption to some services over the coming days and especially those susceptible to icy conditions, like waste collections. The Council will keep people updated through its website – www.bathnes.gov.uk - about the impact on services – any updates will also be highlighted through its Twitter Feed www.twitter.com/bathnes

In respect of adult care services, clients, carers and relatives should be assured if there is severe weather and any resulting problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service. This contact will be made by their care provider and they would be kept updated throughout the day.
Useful vulnerable adult telephone numbers: Community and Health Access Team: 01225 396000. Emergency Duty Team: 01454 615165

For more information
1. The quickest and most direct way of bringing to our attention a problem on the roads, or any other service, is by contacting the Council via the following methods www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit

2. The Council’s website will be updated regularly to keep residents up to date about general information: www.bathnes.gov.uk

3. All other enquiries should be made to Council Connect on 01225 394041 between 8am6pm weekdays (Wednesday 9.30am – 6pm);

4. Outside of these times the Council’s Out of Office Emergency number is 01225 477 477;

5.People can email on councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk or SMS text on 07797806545. These can be contacted 24 hours a day and a response will be sent next working day. These methods should not be used for emergency communication.

Service specific telephone numbers
Enquiries about Adult care transport should call 01225 394371.
For information on the wider public transport network, bus passengers can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Severe Weather Updates Cold weather service update – 17th December (12pm).

Weather Forecast issued by Bath & North East Somerset Council
The area escaped the worst of the weather on Thursday night meaning that all services were running as normal on Friday. The forecast for Friday/ Saturday and the weekend is for continued low temperatures and possible heavy snow. 

There is the risk of some persistent spells of snow during Saturday afternoon and evening, becoming drier overnight although still with the risk of a few snow showers. On Sunday, some dry and bright weather is forecast with a risk of persistent snow showers overnight.
Across the weekend, overnight temperatures will fall well below freezing, with road surfaces expected to drop down to -6c.

Highways and Salt stocks
The Council has planned well in advance for the possibility of severe weather conditions. We have a 1,400 ton salt capacity at Clutton Depot and improved storage facilities at Braysdown. Our capacity is at an all time high this winter in order to salt 260 miles of priority routes across the district. This represents 38% of the total highways network – well above the national average of 30%. For us to complete this work, salt stocks and manpower must be prioritised.
The Council maintains 388 grit bins at present. 

Refilling bins during periods of adverse or severe weather/ snowfall is labour intensive and the salt stored in these is often spread too heavily, used on private drives, or sometimes stolen. We will continue to meet reasonable requests to refill grit bins, although this ability depends upon the demands on resources of keeping the priority route road network gritted. 

Although the Council has ordered more salt to replenish stocks following the adverse weather experienced a few weeks ago, there is very high national demand for salt because of the problems experienced in the north and the south east already this winter. Should conditions become increasingly severe with even more ice and snow then the Council will need to consider taking measures to conserve salt supplies.

The Council is unable to supply salt to individual residents and in order to ensure  public safety residents should not attempt to collect salt from Clutton Depot. Electronic gates prevent public access and maintain security. 

Other Services
There could be disruption to some services over the coming days and especially those susceptible to icy conditions, like waste collections. The Council will keep people updated through its website – www.bathnes.gov.uk - about the impact on services – any updates will also be highlighted through its Twitter Feed www.twitter.com/bathnes
In respect of adult care services, clients, carers and relatives should be assured if there is severe weather and any resulting problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service. This contact will be made by their care provider and they would be kept updated throughout the day. 

Useful vulnerable adult telephone numbers: Community and Health Access Team: 01225 396000. Emergency Duty Team: 01454 615165
The latest schools information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/severeweather  

For more information
1. The quickest and most direct way of bringing to our attention a problem on the roads, or any other service, is by contacting the Council via the following methods www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit

2. The Council’s website will be updated regularly to keep residents up to date about general information: www.bathnes.gov.uk

3. All other enquiries should be made to Council Connect on 01225 394041 between 8am6pm weekdays (Wednesday 9.30am – 6pm);

4. Outside of these times the Council’s Out of Office Emergency number is 01225 477 477;

5.People can email on council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk or SMS text on 07797806545. These can be contacted 24 hours a day and a response will be sent next working day. These methods should not be used for emergency communication.

Service specific telephone numbers
Enquiries about Adult care transport should call 01225 394371.

For information on the wider public transport network, bus passengers can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

New planning application

There is one new planning application in Twerton this week and that is for the reduction of a crown of a Maple tree by 20% at 20 Landseer Road.

The applicant is Mr Kevin Cope Somer Housing The Malting Lower Bristol Road Bath BA2 1EP and the Agent is Silvanus Services Penquin Barn Brockley Court Farm St. Nicholas Way Brockley
Backwell Bristol BS48 3AU.

The Council officer dealing with this application is Jane Brewer and the application reference number is 10/05164/TCA. You can view the application by following the link on the application number.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Mini Recycling centre


We have asked Somer Housing to secure the recycling bins at Linley Close after a spate of petty vandalism that took place over the weekend.

The bins were upturned and several went missing. We have made it clear to Somer that they must keep these bins secured and any mess made in the area due to the installation must be quickly cleared up.

Connection Hill

Connection Hill



We have asked the council to again remove the rubbish that has been dumped on the footpath at Connection Hill opposite the electric Sub Station.

It is a shame that people are so lazy that they will dump their rubbish anywhere as this costs us all money in having to get it removed.

Culverhay Call-in


If you are able to go to this meeting to lend your support it will be greatly appreciated

Letter to Councillors from Chief Superintendent Gary Davies

Letter to Councillors from Chief Superintendent Gary Davies
Date: 3 December 2010
Dear Colleague
Crime Reduction = -3.9%
Detection = 36.6%
Satisfaction = 86.2%
On 8 December the Government will announce the levels of funding for Avon and Somerset Constabulary and I will discover the extent of the financial challenge for the next four years. The Chief Constable has run a very tight ship over the last few years and some innovative solutions in cutting back on the cost of our back office functions makes the Constabulary one of the most prepared forces to take on the challenge ahead. Nevertheless it is going to be a difficult and challenging period but very important that the decisions made protect the key frontline services people rely on the most.
I am running a campaign on people urinating in the street. Several hundreds of years ago when sewage ran down the centre of the roads it might have been more acceptable behaviour but for people to be doing it in the street in 2010, I am afraid, is offensive and disgusting. In this weeks edition of the Bath Chronicle I highlighted the campaign by showing a picture of a young man who decided he would urinate all over another person motorbike. You can’t imagine how incensed you would be if you came out and witnessed that happening to your bike, or how disgusting it would be riding it home. Fortunately he was caught and given an £80 on the spot fine. With a concerted effort we must surely be able to eradicate all, or at least most of, this behaviour.
A significant momentum is gathering across the country in relation to the government decision to increase tuition fees for university students. As the city of Bath has two large universities it is natural to expect the students to express their thoughts. We will work with both universities to facilitate peaceful protest but equally will have a very low tolerance on law breaking such as violence or criminal damage. There are a series of events planned over coming weeks which we will endeavour to police firmly but appropriately
The switching on of the Christmas lights saw large crowds gather once again and it was a delight to see so many people out enjoying themselves. Certainly it started the build up to Christmas and it appeared that the evening was enjoyed by all. This also marks the start of our Christmas campaign to make sure the streets of our towns and cities are safe at night, especially at the weekends. We are increasing our patrols and engaging in a great deal of activity on all of the busy nights leading up to, and through, the Christmas period.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.

Hand rail needed


We have asked for a new hand rail to be fitted to the steps that run from Sheridan Road to Whiteway Road ( Pennyquick Hill ). Many residents tell us that they find these steps very dangerous as they are steeper than they look.

We have also asked for the tree at this location to be cut back as it covers the street light.

Cold weather service update – 3.12.10 (8am)



Weather Forecast
We have been fortunate to avoid the worst of the snow again. Temperatures were not a low as forecast overnight. However, temperatures are still below zero and ice could be a problem on side roads, pavements, and untreated roads. A more detailed summary of the weather can be found at www.metoffice.co.uk
The Council continues to monitor the conditions around the clock and will respond to the prevailing weather conditions.
The public should be aware of the very strong cold winds and sub zero temperatures. Drivers should take sensible winter precautions ensuring they have additional warm clothing in the event of any vehicle breakdown, carry a mobile phone and ensure their vehicle is good working order.
Highways
The Council’s Highways Service continues to salt the network. The major network is clear and running without disruption. However on side roads and minor roads, particularly in exposed locations and on high ground snow can be up to 5cm deep. This snow has frozen. Drivers should be aware of the risk of black ice and take particular care.
As far as possible the public should plan journeys to stay on the main road network.
We now hold 1,200 tonnes of salt in stock at our Clutton Depot. 100 tonnes is available at Braysdown Depot tomorrow. However, the Council cannot afford to be complacent with our salt stocks and will prioritising the use of salt accordingly. Our full fleet of nine gritters treat 260 miles of road every time we do a gritting run.
The Council is unable to supply salt to individual residents and in order to ensure  public safety residents should not attempt to collect salt from Clutton Depot. Electronic gates prevent public access and maintain security. 
Public spaces and Car Parks
It is expected virtually all car parks, including Park and Ride sites will be open.
Schools
The latest schools information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/severeweather.
Information about youth centres can also be found here. Footpaths to and from schools may be icy so care should be taken.
Parents/guardians can also listen to their local radio station for information.
Waste and Recycling
Due to the icy conditions, we have been unable to collect waste and recycling from some properties this week.The Council's advice is very clear in respect of waste collections during severe weather. Residents should put their waste out as planned. If it’s not collected, it should be left where it is, or alternatively it should be taken back into the property, until the next collection day. More information is available here.
It is anticipated that Recycling Centres will be open as usual.
In common with all local authorities nationwide, public safety is paramount when we make a decision on conducting waste collections during adverse weather conditions. When conditions are icy it is unsafe for both pedestrians and vehicles to have waste vehicles weighing up to 20 tonnes negotiating narrow residential streets and collecting waste.
In some cases, residents may have their recycling collected and residual waste not collected (or vice-versa). As well as varying conditions during the day being a factor, recycling vehicles are smaller and weigh less (around 12 tonnes compared to 20) than residual waste collection vehicles meaning they are more manoeuvrable.
Public Transport
For information on the wider public transport network, bus passengers can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.
Other Services
It is anticipated that other Council services will operate as normal. If the weather does worsen further information will be provided.
Adult Services
If you have a vulnerable neighbour, please try and check their well-being during the cold weather.
There are no reported problems with adult social care services or community meals. However, if there are any problems with home care services or services for adults with learning difficulties, personal contact will be made with anyone who is expecting a service from their care provider and they will be kept updated throughout the day.
Useful vulnerable adult telephone numbers: Community and Health Access Team: 01225 396000. Emergency Duty Team: 01454 615165.
All Community Resource Centres remain open.

Leisure Services
It is not expected that the snowfall will disrupt the Council’s leisure facilities- which will all remain open.  Any changes to this, will be posted on the website. Contact details for all centres are below: 
  •          Bath Sports and Leisure Centre - 01225 486905
  •          Keynsham Leisure Centre - 01225 395164
  •          South Wansdyke Sports Centre - 01761 415522
  •          Culverhay Sports Centre - 01225 480882
Golf Courses  - The Approach Course in Victoria Park is closed. Greens at Entry Hill are closed but the premises remain open to deal with general enquiries.
Chew Valley Sports Centre remains open.
Libraries
All Libraries are open normal hours and the Mobile libraries services is operating as usual. Check www.bathnes.gov.uk/libraries  for the latest updates. 
Council Offices
All Council offices are open as usual.
For more information
1.      The Council’s website will be updated regularly to keep residents up to date about general information: www.bathnes.gov.uk
2.      All other enquiries should be made to Council Connect on 01225 394041 between 8am – 6pm weekdays (Wednesday 9.30am – 6pm);
3.      Outside of these times the Council’s Out of Office Emergency number is 01225 477 477;
4.      People can email on council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk or SMS text on 07797806545. These can be contacted 24 hours a day and a response will be sent next working day. These methods should not be used for emergency communication.
Service specific telephone numbers
Enquiries about Adult care transport should call 01225 394371.

Culverhay decision Call In

We are leading a call-in of the executive decision on Culverhay. CALL IN OF EXECUTIVE DECISION NUMBER E2181   We the undersigned wish to support the call in of the decision E2181 ‘A Review of Secondary Schools in Bath – Consultation on the proposal to close Culverhay School’ taken by the Cabinet on 25th November 2010.

The grounds for the call in are as follows:   Procedure:   The consultation process on the proposal to close Culverhay School was flawed as it was based on a consultation which was in itself flawed.
The flaws in the original consultation, on the review of secondary schools in Bath, were stated in the call in of paper E2097: “The consultation was based on the scenario of closing three schools and reopening two – one in the north and one in the south of the city.

This scenario was approved by the majority of respondents (66%). By abandoning this scenario and recommending the closure of one school in the south, the Cabinet has disenfranchised residents who, believing that the outcome of the consultation would be a new, coeducational school at Culverhay (which is what the community has wanted for a long time), did not respond to the original consultation in large numbers.”

The first question in the consultation booklet on the proposal to close Culverhay School was highly leading and did not give consultees the option to state their agreement or otherwise with individual elements of the Council’s overall approach to Bath secondary education.

The responses to the consultation on the proposal to close Culverhay School do not reflect a complete picture of the wishes of the community given that it appears that not all of the online consultation responses have been counted in the analysis.

It appears that replies from the same postcode or URL were treated as just one response, which gives an inaccurate picture of the strength of community support for Culverhay. There has been no opportunity for the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Panel to consider the two alternative proposals put forward by Culverhay School and the Friends of Culverhay.

The Cabinet has not given proper consideration to the potential benefits of the federation proposed by Culverhay with Cabot Learning Foundation (Federation) in Bristol, which is headed by a school with a long-standing, proven track record of leading successful transformation of standards in schools across the region. Pupil numbers and financial viability: The small size of Culverhay School is included as part of the rationale for closure. However the Cabinet has not given proper consideration to the community’s wish for Culverhay to become a coeducational school.

The survey by the Friends of Culverhay demonstrates that a high number of parents with children at local primary schools would send their children to a coeducational Culverhay School. Insufficient consideration has been given to population growth.

The number of children attending Bath primary schools is already increasing and 6,000 new homes are planned for Bath, many in the South of the city; this will increase the number of children in the education system. The Cabinet has not taken into account the likely redistribution of surplus places were Culverhay to become more attractive to parents as a coeducational school.

The Cabinet has not taken into account the government commitment to raise the participation age to 17 in 2013 and to 18 by 2015 which may increase the number of sixth form entrants. (LINK) The Cabinet has not recognised that if Culverhay were to become a coeducational establishment, and as such it would be more attractive to parents, it would cease to be a small school and so would cease to receive the small schools grant of £530,000, reducing the cost of educating each pupil.

The Cabinet has not given proper consideration to forthcoming changes in school funding through the ‘Pupil Premium’. From 2011 pupils who are eligible for free school meals (about 40% of pupils at Culverhay) will attract additional funding likely to be in the region of £1500-£2000 per pupil.
Transport: Insufficient consideration has been given to the increased costs of transport for children from the South West of Bath travelling to schools in other parts of the city as opposed to walking or cycling to Culverhay.

There will be increased costs to parents – mainly through bus fares as there is a lack of access to private transport in the community – or to the Council through statutory transport to school. The Cabinet has stated that the community is relatively close to alternative schools, but only the distance as the crow flies has been taken into account and not the actual distance by road, which is significantly farther.

The impact on the pupils of the extra time taken to get to and from schools has not been sufficiently considered. Cabinet meeting (25.11.10): The education community in Bath has not been listened to. Insufficient consideration has been given to support by the Bath Primary Heads Group (representing 27 primary school head teachers) for alternative option 2. The Cabinet has used speculation about the motives of parents who choose to send their children to Culverhay as a part of the evidence leading to this decision.

The Cabinet said that an all through school (age 2 to 18) was not feasible because it would have to be all on the same site. However this is not the case as all through schools elsewhere are split between different sites (for example Swindon Academy).

Refuse & Recycling collections over the Christmas Period



Image of Refuse Vehicle

Bank Holiday Collections

 
Domestic recycling, refuse and composting collections operate as normal during all Bank Holidays, except the Christmas/New Year period.
Recycling and waste collection over Christmas and New Year 2010/11
 
Only residents  whose usual collection day is Monday or Tuesday will be affected by the Christmas and New Year holiday collection changes.
Refuse, recycling and garden waste collection changes
Monday 27 December 2010 - no collections
Your next collection day for refuse and recycling will be Monday 3 January 2011.
Your next garden waste collection will be Monday 10 January 2011.
Tuesday 28 December 2010 - no collections
Your next collection for refuse and recycling will be Tuesday 4 January 2011.Your next garden waste collection will be Tuesday 11 January 2011

FREE Christmas tree collection
Throughout January we will collect your real Christmas tree for free for composting.
Please:
  • Remove all decorations including the pot
  • Cut up if over 4ft tall
  • Put out on your garden waste collection day next to your waste and recycling.
Recycling Centres - Christmas holiday arrangements
These will be closed on:
  • Saturday 25 December 2010
  • Sunday 26 December 2010
  • Monday 27 December 2010
  • Saturday 1 January 2011
Usual opening times are:
Monday - Friday 8am - 4.15pm
Weekends and bank holidays 8am - 3.45pm (please note: bank holiday closing times apply on Tuesday 28 December 2010 and Monday 3 January 2011).

Remember loved ones at Haycombe Cemetery



Sunday 12 December 2010, 3pm, Top Chapel, Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium

Bath & North East Somerset Council is hosting a special festive memorial ceremony at Haycombe Cemetery on 12 December. At the ceremony, which is open to all, visitors will have the chance to light a candle and place a tag on the Christmas tree in memory of loved ones. 

Also taking part in the ceremony will be the Chairman of the Council, the Mayor of Bath and the Salvation Army. .

Severe Weather Updates



Cold weather service update  from Bath & North East Somerset Council – 2.12.10 (9.57 am)
Weather Forecast
There was further snowfall during the early hours of this morning across most of Bath and North East Somerset. In exposed locations and high ground the snow is up to 5cm deep in localised spots. The current temperature is about -3 C. Further snow is not expected today.

The cold temperatures look set to continue for the rest of the week. Updates are available at www.metoffice.gov.ukThe Council continues to monitor the conditions around the clock and will respond to the prevailing weather conditions.

The public should be aware of the very strong cold winds and sub zero temperatures. Drivers should take sensible winter precautions ensuring they have additional warm clothing in the event of any vehicle breakdown, carry a mobile phone and ensure their vehicle is good working order.
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Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre



Twerton Infant School are holding their Christmas Fayre this Thursday 2nd December at 3.15pm in the School Hall.

Please go along and support the School by buying as much as you can.

Vodaphone plan new mast in Twerton



We have been notified by Vodaphone of their intention to install a mobile phone mast on the corner of Wedgewood Road and Poolemead Road close to the Junction of Alec Rickets Close. Vodaphone tell us that they wish to share a mast with O2. The proposal from Vodaphone is below and we would like to hear from residents their opinions on the proposal as soon as possible so that we can respond to Vodaphone and the planning Authority and in any case within the next ten days.


Vodafone and O2 have a requirement to provide coverage to this area of Bath and have therefore identified the following site as their preferred option.

·     Highways Land on Poolemead Road, Twerton Bath BA2 1Q   (NGR 371914,164193)

Vodafone are allowing O2 to mast share at this proposed mast. It is proposed that a 13.8m mk3 dual user street column (total height approx. 13.8m) to accommodate both Vodafone’s and o2’s antennas is deployed .The proposed antennas will be shrouded within the structure. There will also be the need for radio equipment cabinets of less than 2.5 metres3 to be ground based. Please find the attached drawings which detail the above.

It is considered that sharing of the proposed site will prevent the proliferation of structures within the area, as Telefonica O2 will not need to progress a separate installation in this locality. This type of installation will ensure the visual amenity of the area is maintained whilst mast sharing also conforms to local and national planning policy guidance relating to telecommunications development. The preferred site is being considered as the preferred option as it is sited as far away from residential properties as much as possible in an position that represents a small break in an otherwise predominantly residential cell search area. The site is considered visually unobtrusive, benefiting from the good natural screening from the adjacent tree, while the site provides optimal radio coverage in the area, meeting Vodafone’s (and o2’s) technical requirements.

The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of the site has been examined.

All Vodafone and 02 installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation.  A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

In order to give you time to send your comments or request further information, we commit to allow at least 14 days before an application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority.

Safety by the School gate



Our Two Local Schools both have safety problems with Children getting to the Schools and crossing the roads safely

St Michaels Junior School has had a problem with Children being knocked down whilst crossing the road mainly due to parked cars being in the way and Children running out in front of unsuspecting traffic. We have resolved some of the problems by having wooden bollards placed along the entire stretch of the road opposite the school.

A petition was presented to Bath & North East Somerset Council on 16th November by a concerned local parent calling for a pedestrian crossing on Newton Road to enable safer crossing of the Road. Although the school has had a crossing patrol person in the past and another is due to start we feel that a formal pedestrian crossing will help focus on a single crossing point on the road, at the moment children cross at various locations. Tim & Gerry are supporting the petition and would ask that if you have not signed the petition yet then you are able to still sign a copy at Boots the Chemist Twerton High Street.

The Problems at Twerton Infant School are getting quite bad with Cars parking on the hatched no parking area outside of the School causing a danger for children crossing the road.

The Police have been very good in being present when they are able but this is not enough as people still park there when the police are not in attendance, It is only time before a nasty accident happens.

We have asked the council to take action and have issued a 7 point plan to help resolve the issues outside of the School.

1) The Police tell me that the yellow school markings are not adopted and we have asked the Council to regulate these lines.

2) We have asked for road markings to be placed on the road from both directions saying "SLOW SCHOOL"

3) We have asked for the steps opposite the School gates to be looked at and repaired and to see if they can be adapted into a single dedicated safe crossing point for the School.

4) We have asked for the road surface is repaired outside of the School and painted red to indicate a danger.

5) We have asked for a 20MPH scheme is brought in outside of the school.

6) We have asked for new signs on the approaches to the school as the current ones are not good enough.

7) We have asked for further parking restrictions to be considered from The Junction of Sheridan Road to the Junction of Shaws way to be operational from 8am till 4pm.

Hand rail needs repairing

Hand rail needs repairing


We have asked that the hand rail on the steps opposite Twerton Infant School is repaired as soon as possible.

We are concerned about the safety of Children who cross the road each morning at this point with no hand rail to hang onto.

Somer asked to clear land

Somer asked to clear land


We have asked Somer Housing to clear the land to the side of 1 Dominion Road of all the rubbish that is on it.

This is not the first time that we have asked Somer to clear this land and we hope to have better luck this time.

The land belongs to a Somer house on Freeview Road.

Young people invited to help shape the new Southside Youth Hub


Bath & North East Somerset Council is encouraging young people from across the area to help shape the new Southside Youth Hub.

The Council secured £2.3 million funding from the Myplace scheme to completely remodel and upgrade the youth hub and purchase a mobile youth bus to go out into the rural villages and Bath City centre. All work is expected to be completed by March 2011.

The Myplace funding will also help the Council buy a new mobile youth bus for use in rural areas where there is no fixed youth provision. To ensure this meets local needs the youth service will need to work closely with the local town and parish councils. Combined together, these projects are consistent with the Council’s restructure of youth services which is targeting resources around communities that really need them.

More young people are needed to put forward ideas, for everything from developing the music studio, and gym through to the cafĂ© menus, activities available, opening times and publicity. Youth worker Jenny Williams said: “We really need more young people to come along and get involved – we want them to help decide on key elements of the new centre.

“Anyone aged between 13 and 19 can get involved. They don’t have to be from the Whiteway area or even from Bath, this is a big project for the whole of Bath and North East Somerset and we’re hoping young people from across the area will benefit from it. We’d love young parents and young people with disabilities to come along and put forward their ideas too.”

The new venue will feature facilities such as a community cafe, music studio, ICT suite and various sports facilities, and will enable young people to take part in activities ranging from gym, basketball and trampolining to streetdance, martial arts and music. The centre will be fully accessible for young people with disabilities and will include a special sensory room that will stimulate senses such as touch and sight.   The youth service will be supporting the voulautary sector to provide a wide range of activites, including drug and alcohol support services, sexual health advice, training and employment advice, and counselling services, which will be delivered by partner organisations such the Children's Society and Project 28.

Southside Youth Club is meantime still operating in the Cabin in the outdoor court and has lots of activities going on from Monday – Thursday evenings. You don’t have to be a member of the youth club to join in activities, and most cost just 30p.

Thursday evenings (7 – 9pm) are dedicated to developing the MyPlace project. If you’re interested just come along or call Jenny on 07875488718.

Myplace is funded by the Government and delivered by the Big Fund, the non Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.

Rubbish in lane needs to be cleared


We have asked for the lane to be cleaned that runs between Dominion Road and Freeview Road.

The Picture shows just some of the rubbish that is their at the moment, It is a shame that people have to throw their rubbish on the floor when there is a bin no more than 50 yards away.

Twerton Pact meeting 18th November

The following items were agreed
1. Contravention of No Entry sign at the end of Twerton High Street and No Right Turn from Connection Road onto Newton Road
Actions:
Police to target offenders and B&NES to look at appropriate signage
2. Use of mini motos in Redland Park
Actions:
Police, SOMER Housing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team and B&NES ASB team to jointly target offenders.

3. Pavement parking in Highland Road, Landseer Road and Redland Park
Actions:
Police and B&NES parking services to patrol the area and deal with offenders appropriately
View previous priorities

Twerton High Street

Twerton High Street


There is some good news to report and that is that the building site on Twerton High Street is at long last clearing up the mud on its site that has been spilling onto Twerton High Street.

We have supported residents complaints about the amount of mud that has been on the road and made many requests to the builder to ensure that the road was cleaned of Mud.

We are pleased to be able to report that the site has now had a large amount of rubble placed inside the site that should prevent much of the mud getting onto the road.

The Builder has agreed to wash the High Street twice a day and put out mud on road safety signs.

New Shop




Dorothy House have opened a new Charity Shop in Twerton High Street next to the Co-op in the former tile shop.

It is nice to see this shop being used and for such a worthy cause. This is the second shop to come back into use in the High Street in the last few weeks that after a run of shops closing.

The new shop looks very good from the outside and from what we have been told is very well put together inside as well.

Connection Hill


We have again asked for the railings to be repaired at Connection Hill and High Street, These were reported several months ago and we are disappointed that the council has not taken the matter seriously.

This part of the High Street is very dangerous and many people struggle to cross the road at this point. The damaged railings can clearly be seen by the grey car.

45 Landseer Road



We are please that after a lot of complaints and lobbying that the council are a last going to dispose of 45 Landseer Road on the open market.

Property Services are currently preparing to put 45 Landseer Road into an auction with Lambert Smith Hampton in February and we will let you know the exact details as soon as we have them.

45 Landseer Road has been empty for over a year now and was formerly used by social services.

Door-to-door loan companies in this area



Door-to-door loan companies operate in South West Bath. Sometimes they call on residents and offer loans of money which thave to be repaid at very high interest rates.

These loans might seem tempting but can lead to further hardship. For this reason a poster has been made to tell residents ways that they can get alternative financial help from the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Credit Union and Christians against Poverty (CAP).

The Citizens Advice Bureau gives financial advice at First Steps Children's Centre in Twerton on most Tuesdays. Telephone 01225 444791 to book an appointment. The Credit Union lends with far lower interest rates and also has an agent at Southdown Methodist Centre, The Hollow, on Thursdays between 6pm and 7pm. Call 0117 9247309.

Christians against Poverty (CAP) offers a free service for those in debt. An account is set up for you to pay off bills and debts by making one weekly or monthly payment to CAP which is distributed to your creditors. Call 0800 3280006.

To download the poster click here. Feel free to print off and pass on as many copies as you like.

New Taxi Firm

New Taxi Firm

Local buisnessman and Local Taxi Driver Kevin Brunt has just launched a New Taxi service based in Twerton.

The phone number is 01225 446739 Mobile: 07980 093235
email:info@westsidehire.co.uk

web:www.westsidehire.co.uk
Why not give him a try and keep it local

Twerton High Street


 
After complaints about Mud on the road at Twerton High Street by the Building works we have this week achieved from the contractor.

New Road signs are to be placed on High Street warning of Mud on Road ( old ones stolen ).

The Road to be given a though Clean on Friday and Saturday.

Site is to be scraped of Mud and chippings put down at Weekend.

The whole area will then be cleared again.

More leaves need clearing


We have asked that the leaves that are piling up on certain parts of Freeview Road are cleared as soon as possible as they are now becoming a danger.

The picture shows the leaves that are on the path below the steps by number 13 these are damp and slippery.

We have also asked that the leaves are cleared from the footpath on Poolemead Road leading to Twerton Infant school.

News Safety Barrier




We have asked the council to install a safety barrier at the bottom of this path that runs down form Pennard Green towards Newton Road.

The problem is that many young people either run straight into the road or come down so fast on skate boards etc that they cannot stop before they get to the road. A barrier would mean that they would have to take care and stop ant the road sideWe have asked the council to install a safety barrier at the bottom of this path that runs down form Pennard Green towards Newton Road.

The problem is that many young people either run straight into the road or come down so fast on skate boards etc that they cannot stop before they get to the road. A barrier would mean that they would have to take care and stop ant the road side.

Path repairs urgently needed

Path repairs urgently needed



We have asked that the council and Somer Housing repair the poor paths and kerb edgings in the area.

The one shown in the picture is dangerous and it is only time before someone has a nasty accident.

Who dumped this

Who dumped this



We have asked for several dumped items to be removed from Cameley green including this old dumped wheelbarrow.

If you see items dumped in the area then please ring council connect on 01225 394041 or email council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk

Recycling reminders



Residents can take over 30 items to the Council’s three Recycling Centres for recycling, from fridges to electric toothbrushes. The Council currently recycles over 70% of the goods brought to these centres - these are made into new products instead of ending up in landfill sites. For a full list see this page.
Residents can also use their local Recycling Centre at certain days over the Christmas period for any extra waste and recycling collected over the holiday. All broken and unwanted electrical items, however small – from cameras to vacuum cleaners, can also be recycled.

The Council collects real Christmas trees for free for composting throughout January – remember to remove any decorations, cut up if over 4ft tall and leave out on your garden waste collection day next to any waste and recycling. Alternatively, Christmas trees can be brought to the Recycling Centre and put in the garden waste container.

Usual opening times for our Recycling Centres in Bath, Keynsham, and Midsomer Norton are: Monday – Friday 8am – 4.15pm, Weekends and bank holidays 8am – 3.45pm. However they are closed on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 December 2010 and Saturday 1 January 2011. (Please note, bank holiday closing times apply on Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January 2011).