Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Poolemead Road

We have met with Highway safety officers looking at the whitway RoadJunction and have agreed to have safety white lines to prevent parking at the Juntions of Whiteway Road leading to Sheridan Road junction on both sides of the Road.

We have also agreed further white lines to be painted on the Ppolmead Road to allow access to steps and footpaths and to ease traffic flows.

Linley Close Garage block

We have asked Curo to remove the fly tipping form this block of garages that has been dumped there.

It looks like some of this is from insulation materials that could have been used by their own contractors.

We hope that this will be removed in the very near future.

High Steet Dominion Road.

We have asked for the Sainnsbury's shopping trollies and rubbish to be removed from the former toilet blocks.

We have als asked Curo to removed the rubbish beside and behind the garages at Hanna Close that is visible from Dominion Road.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Twerton High Street

I have asked for the planning application on the side of the former Methodist Church to be considered by the planning committee.

The application is for 4 one bedroom flats and the design mimics what was formerly on site many years ago.

I believe that the application has its merits and will provide much needed accommodation on a brownfield site that means less building in green fields.

The application does have a few problems but I believe that these can be go over and that is why I want members of the planning committee to be able to have a view on this development.

If you want to look at the application then please follow this link.


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Child Safety Week, June 1 - 7

During Child Safety Week (June 1 – 7) Bath & North East Somerset Council is focussing on ways of reducing the number of children admitted to hospital due to preventable injuries.

In Bath and North East Somerset in 2013/14, 78 under 5s were admitted to hospital – in this age group the most common causes of unintentional injury admissions are falls; accidental poisoning; burns and scalds.

During the same period, 149 5 -14 year olds were admitted to hospital; the most common admissions in this older age group are for falls and cycling accidents.

These figures refer to admissions to hospital not attendances at GP, Minor Injuries units or Emergency departments.

Dr Bruce Laurence, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK. The rate of hospital admissions due to injuries in children up to 14-years-old in our area is higher than the England average (ChiMat 2014) – but on most health indicators Bath and North East Somerset performs higher than average so this is an exception.

“We are working with our partners in the health community to look at the reasons for this in more detail; we believe it could be because we are better at picking up and, if necessary, admitting for injuries than other areas. 

 “We know that most injuries to under 5s happen in the home. To help tackle this, health visitors and children’s centres are supporting families to ensure their home environment is as safe as possible. This includes things like installing home safety equipment free in the homes of vulnerable families to help keep children safe. Local children centres also offer first aid courses for new parents, helping them gain skills in managing injuries as well as raising awareness of risks and how to avoid them.

Dr Laurence added: “Falls cause the most serious injuries. Whilst it is important for children to go out to play in the park and take part in physical activity, younger children need a responsible adult to manage risks for them and older children need help learning how to assess and manage risks themselves, especially travelling to and from school.”

There are some simple things that parents or carers can do to prevent serious injury and to keep children safe.  Safety tips, from the Child Accident Prevention Trust include:

Burns fact:   A hot drink can still scald 15 minutes after it’s been made.
Tip:                 Think of where to put your hot drink down so it’s out of reach of little hands. 
Poisons fact:           Painkillers are the biggest villain when it comes to poisoning young children.
Tip:                 Watch out for handbags on the floor with painkillers inside or pills on the bedside table. Keep them out of reach and sight of young children.
Falls fact:      Many serious falls happen when children take their parents by surprise by doing something new. 
Tip:                 Be careful not to put furniture in front of windows to avoid children climbing up and falling out.  Fit safety catches to stop your windows opening too wide and fit safety gates on stairs.
Roads fact:   The number of children injured as pedestrians peaks at the age of 12 when many children start travelling to school on their own.
Tip:                 Teach children road safety when you’re out walking together and set a good example as they are likely to copy your habits.
Blind cord fact: It can take just 20 seconds for a toddler to die by strangulation if they get tangled in a blind cord.  2 to 3 children die this way each year.
Tip:                 Fit a cleat hook to tie your blind cords back every morning.  Keep cots, beds and highchairs away from blind cords and chains.
Drowning factBabies slip under the water and drown silently so you won’t hear any noise or struggle.
Tip:                 Always stay with your baby or young child when they are in the bath.  Empty the paddling pool as soon as you’re finished – don’t leave it for the next day.
Fire fact:        You double your chances of getting your family out of a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.
Tip:                 Fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your house and test it regularly.  Practise your escape route with your family so that you all know what to do in a fire.

Parents can find more practical safety tips on the Child Safety Week websitewww.childsafetyweek.org.uk/parents.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Kelston View & North Way

A meeting took place with this morning with the councils highways inspector in which we highlighted the dangerous road surface on these. Roads.

The outcome of the meeting is that we have secured emergency repairs to Kelston View & North Way t ensure that the roads are safe to use.

We have also agreed that a report will be made for funding for a full restructure of these roads as we the highways inspector acknowledged that many of the concrete slabs have become badly broken.

Additional funding available through pupil premium

Do you have a 3 or 4-year-old child at a nursery, pre-school or childminder? If so then you may be eligible for the early years pupil premium, which can provide up to £300 in additional funding to improve the quality of your child’s early education.

If you are eligible, your childcare provider will work with you to decide how best to use the additional funding to support your child, and will need to demonstrate to Ofsted the benefits to your child of the additional funding.  

The money would then be paid directly to the nursery, preschool or childminder by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

You may be eligible if you are receiving any of the following:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
• Working Tax Credit run-on
• Universal Credit

You child may also be eligible for additional support through the pupil premium when they go to school - up to £1,300 for pupils in reception year to Year 6, and £935 for pupils in Years 7 – 11. 

For more information visit http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/pupilpremium  or call 01225 394317.

Monday, 18 May 2015

What's on at Bath City Farm

The Farm at Dusk Monday 25th May 8pm-10pm: Come and see the
farm in a different light! This evening event is suitable for families. We’ll be
looking out for bats, badgers and moths, listening to the evening bird song
and toasting marshmallows on a campfire. Limited places so booking essential.
£2.50/£1 concessions

Summer Plant Sale Saturday 30th May 11am-2pm: Give your garden  a summer makeover! Good value perennials, herbs, vegetable seedlings,        annuals, cut flower plants and soft fruit will be available to buy, as well as crafts, chutneys and produce. Bouncy castle and café open. No need to book.

City Farm Talk and Tour Saturday 6th June 10.30am-12.30pm:
Come and hear Author of Street Farm Stephen E Hunt discuss the history of
the City Farms and and his new book Street Farm followed by a tour of the
37acres at Bath City Farm. £4/3 concessions. Booking required.

Southside Family Fun Day Saturday 13th June 11am-2pm: Lots of
stalls including; face painting, Bric O’ Brac, jewellery making, hair braiding,
cake stall and arts and crafts activities for kids. DJ, BBQ and bouncy castle.
No need to book.

Summer Plant Sale Saturday 27th June 11am-2pm: Give your    
garden a summer makeover! Good value perennials, herbs, vegetable seed-
lings, annuals, cut flower plants and soft fruit will be available to buy, as well
as crafts, chutneys and produce. Bouncy castle and café open.                  
No need to book.

Friends of the Farm receive a 10% discount on any bookings.
Concessionary rates are for senior citizens, students,
registered disabled, unemployed (proof required)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Redland Park windows

We are pleased that Curo have realised the extent of the problem of the poor quality of the Windows on this estate.

We have been for a long time lobbying Curo to have new windows put into their properties and are pleased that all the Curo properties in Redland Park will have new widows fitted in 2016.

Thank you from Tim & Gerry

We would like to thank all the Twerton residents that voted for us this year. Tim was elected to Serve for a further 4 years but Gerry was not on this occasion.

Work continues in Twerton as if always has and we will continue helping those in need.

Please do not hesitate but yo contact us if you need our help.