Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cleeve Green

I have again asked Curo again to replace the Bollard that has been deliberaltely knocked out of the ground at Cleeve Green.

I would hope that the bollard would be back in place as soon as possible.

If you know of the person who caused this mindless vandalism will you please ether let the Police know on 101 or contact us directly.

This sort of vandalism causes increased bills.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Connection Hill

I have again asked that this mess is cleared from the footpath at Connection Hill that runs from High Street to the Lower Bristol Road.

This area is used as a dumping ground if you know who is dumping here will you please let us know.

In the mean time we hope that this matter will be resolved shortly.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Windrush Close, (Tree Problems)

We have asked for the tree canopies to be raised on the trees near Windrush Close off of Poolemead Road to be raised.

The branches of these trees currently hit people in the face as they are quite low.

Curo has been asked to deal with this problem as we believe that they are the ones responsible.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Monday, 28 October 2013

Parade High Street Twerton

I have asked for the bollard that has been knocked out of the ground at The Parade High Street to be replaced as soon as possible.

These bollards were put in when we had a restructure at this part of the High Street to prevent parking on the pavement.

The damage that has been caused to this part of the High Street has been immense causing broken slabs and trip points.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Working with Our Local Police Redland Park visit

It was a pleasure yesterday to be out in Twerton with Local beat Manager PC Adrian Secker and PCSO Nigel Penny working to resolve issues affecting local residents.

I know that some of you may say seeing me Pictured oposite flanked by Nigel left and Adge to the right that they have caught up with him at last but that is far from the case.

Whilst up in Redland Park we met many locals who came out for a chat and to tell us about issues of concern.

One good thing that I learnt is that the motorcycle problems that we had in last year are a thing of the past.

The issue of the poor resurfacing was raised by several local residents pictured with myself and Nigel Penny.

I have now seen first had the problems that have been caused by the road humps with the poor finishing of the road surface.

I have now written to the Cabinet member of Highways asking for an investigation on why this has been left in such a poor state, and asking for the the contractors to come back and finish the Job.

I have also raised the issue of whether the contractor has actually resurfaced the correct area as the part of Redland Park that has been surfaced is not the area that I expected to see done.

The area leading to Redland Park behind Day Crescent is particularly bad and I was expecting to see this done instead.

I am hoping to carry out regular trips out into Twerton over the coming months with the Police taking with local residents.

by Councillor Tim Ball

Friday, 25 October 2013

Twerton Policeman gets top award

Congratulations to Twerton police officer Adge Secker who last night received Avon & Somersets Police beat manager of the year.

I remember Adge arriving in Tweron just over 5 years Go telling me how he was going to sort some of the crime issues in the area.

On Adge's watch we have seen a remarkable drop in the crime rate in Twerton taking it from one of the highest crime areas to one of the lowest, arrival and dismissal of the ill fated Pact meetings.

To put it quite bluntly Twerton has had a remarkable turnaround partly due to the organisation of Adge's team in crime reduction.

Well done Adge the award was along time in coming but worth waiting for.

On Saturday just to Celebrate Adge's success I will be spending an hour walking the streets of Twerton with our now famous beat manager.

We will be out and about between 12.30 & 1.30 pm so please stop us if you have something to report or just want a chat.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

West close and St Michaels Road

We have been working with the Police and Curo to resolve the issue of untaxed commercial vehicles that have been parking in these roads for the past few months.

We also have complaints of other vehicles that are fully legal but should still no be parking in residential streets blocking up peoples drives.

We have identified the owner of these vehicles and CURO and the Police will be dealing with the issues in the next few days.

If you have any questions or concerns about this then will you please contact us as soon as possible.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Monday, 21 October 2013

Blocked drains

I have asked the council to clear several lived drains that have become blocked in Pennard Green as soon as possible and before the really bad weather turns in.

I have also asked that the blocked drain is cleared at the garage block beside Fielding house on Freeview Road.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Friday, 18 October 2013

Bath City farm the story so far

If you want to know what has been going on at Bath City Farm in the last few years this short video will give you a good insight into what has been happening.

The work in the early days when Twerton  residents started off the project is missing in reference and film but however the film is good and I recommend that you have a look at it.

You will need to have a google account to view the video however.

Please follow this link to view, happy viewing

By councillor Tim Ball

Fair is back in Twerton

The fair is back in Twerton again and is at Bath City football ground until Sunday night.

The fair closes at 9pm sharp to protect the local residents from too much disturbance and does not have loud amplified music.

Why not take the kids to the fair this weekend and help support Bath City football ground.

If the fair is a success it could become a feature several times a year so it is down to you residents to ensure that it is a success and to depart the area with as little fuss as possible when you have enjoyed yourselves at the fair.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Local Schools Open

Local schools in Twerton are to remain open during the teachers strike on October 17th.

St Michael's Junior school will be fully open and children should arrive at school as normal, Twerton infants will be partially open and the advice of the school should be taken on pupil attendance.

If any parents are in any doubt they should contact the Schools directly.

The council web site has all the latest information on other  schools in our area please follow this link,

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Get ready for voter registration canvass 2013

Voter registration packs will be dropping through letterboxes across Bath & North East Somerset around 17 October 2013.
The Council would like to encourage residents to respond promptly and, if the details printed on their voter registration form are correct, do so via the internet, Freephone or Text SMS. Re-registering electronically is quick and simple and it also helps save the taxpayers money. Last year over 32,000 households successfully renewed their registration electronically.
The largest saving could be made by people simply responding by Friday 8 November. Every household is required by law to give the information asked for in the voter registration form; failure to do so means the Council will have to send out a reminder letter, followed up by a personal visit from a registration canvasser. Every year the Council spends an average of £25,000 on reminders and canvassers’ visits.
There will be European Parliamentary Elections in May 2014. Vernon Hitchman, the Council’s Electoral Registration and Returning Officer, said “We are encouraging people to register promptly and go electronic if they can. By doing this, they will have the opportunity to make their voice heard at these elections and to save public money.”
How to register – it’s quick and easy
All you have to do is update the annual registration form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to the Electoral Registration Office by Friday 8 November 2013.
·         If the details of your household haven’t changed you can renew your registration electronically using the internet, Freephone or text SMS service;
·         If the details of your household have changed, for example someone has moved in or out, these can only be updated by filling in a form and returning it by post.
If you haven’t received your form by Friday 25 October you should contact the Electoral Registration Office either by phone or email. More details are available at  

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Collapsing wall in Carrs woodland

Councillor Gerry Curran has taken up the issue of a wall that is giving way in Carrs woodland on a footpath that runs from Pennyquick View through the woodland area.

The use of the footpath by cattle has caused the wall to become weak and we are looking to keep the cattle away from this area with several styles that allow pedestrian access but keep the cows away.

The wall should then last for quite a few more years with only minor Maintainance.

disjointed working helps no one come on Curo

Both Councillor Gerry Curran an I could not believe our eyes when we came across this jobs worth act in Redland Park today by contractors working on behalf of Curo the local social hosing provider.

As it can be clearly be seen the new fence shows up just how far the Curo grass cutters cut the grass leaving an area no more than 15 feet long uncut.

When they were challenged they claimed that the area belonged to the council and they should not cut it.

On top of all of this any litter that was on the grass areas was cut into small pieces including cans that now have sharp edges.

All in All this is a poor Job and we have drawn these grass cutters to the attention of Curo who we hope will see some sense.

It helps no one for these rigid lines to be drawn on who can do what and who cant, It is no wonder the area is in a mess.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Redland Park Road resurfacing

I have been in contact with the council with regards to the state the road was left in after a recent surface treatment with micro-asphalt to repair the road surface.

I have complained that the quality of the work that I have found that it is far from satisfactory and needs to be brought up to standard.

I have been told that contractors are due back in the area in the next few days to finish off the work and making good any defects.

The issue is that the road humps have had a shoddy finish and the iron work needs to be sorted out. I will be chasing these matters up until they are resolved.


Monday, 7 October 2013

Connection Hill more litter problems.

I have again asked for the mess to be cleared up on the footpath between connection Hill and the Lower Bristol Road.

The broken branches seem to come from the side of 67 High Street and I have asked that the owner of this house clears the overgrown trees at the edge of his garden that are also breaking down the garden wall.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Friday, 4 October 2013

Bath Green Homes

An autumn programme of events to help make local homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run is being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, and other local partners. Whether you are a home owner, live in rented accommodation or live in social housing, there are lots of things you can do to help bring your energy bills down. A number of talks and workshops are running in and around Bath during October and November including: • The Bathford thermal imaging exhibition, from 7th-20th October at Bathford Community CafĂ©, and Illustrated Talk on Thur 10th 7.30pm. Find out where heat escapes from homes. Bathford Energy Group. • Green Deal Q&A session Find out what’s in a Green Deal Advice Report, next steps, and possible grants available. Mon 14th October 8pm-9pm, upstairs at The Ring O Bells. Energy Efficient Widcombe • Draught Proofing Workshop learn about and have a go at fitting different types of draught proofing. Tue 22nd October 6.45pm, book here. Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust, & Centre for Sustainable Energy. • Air Tightness Clinic Bookable half-hour slots with national air leakage expert Paul Jennings to discuss your project. Wed 13th Nov, 12pm-4pm, BRSLI, Queen’s Square. Transition Bath • Leak Tight, Ventilate Right! How to go beyond draught-proofing to make yours a leak-free, air-tight home that is healthy and warm. Wed 13th Nov, 7pm-9pm, BRLSI, Queen’s Square. Transition Bath There will also be a number of coffee mornings and drop-in sessions organised by Curo Sustainability Forum where residents in rented or social housing can find out about what they can do to reduce their energy bills, taking place in Weston, Twerton, Odd Down, Snow Hill, Keynsham, Swainswick, Peasedewn St John, Kingsmead and Bathwick. “These events are a great way for residents to find practical ways to protect themselves from rising energy bills and cut their carbon footprint, helping us move together towards a low carbon future. Reducing the community’s carbon footprint is not something that the Council and its partners can do on their own; it takes action by every single household across the district in the form of challenging their green behaviour and habits.” You can enter the Bath Green Homes prize draw to win a tasty hamper of local food goodies worth over £30 by sharing your Home Energy Saving Tips. Tweet your tip using the hashtag #BGHtips or email it to us at to enter. Terms and Conditions apply. To find out more, visit the website, follow @BathGreenHomes on Twitter, call 01225 477528 or email

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Dangerous Wall Cleeve Green

I am chasing Curo to get this wall fixed at Cleeve Green that I reported in early July as needing urgent repair.

It can be seen from the pictures that the wall is falling apart and I am concerned about the danger to young children passing by.

It is not acceptable for this not to have been dealt with by now and I have relayed my concern to Curo on this point.

I am hopeful that Curo will carry out these repairs in the near future.

By Councillor Tim Ball

Morrisons Local open

I was pleased to be able to open the new Morrisons store in Twerton on Monday.

The new store is already bringing new trade back to the high street with competitive prices.

I would hope that this would continue and that other traders would benefit from the increased footfall in the village.

by Councillor Tim Ball