Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Community engagement

As part of our community engagement Cllr Tim Ball will be visiting Rose Cottage in Twerton High Street between 11am and 12 noon for a cup of tea and a chat with those visiting.

Why not go along and join Tim for a chat about anything that you need to know or to tell him things that need dealing with in the community.

If you need to talk to any of the team in confidence then please use the contact details on this blog.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Great Western Railway Electrification Project - Bellotts Road Foot/Cycle Bridge closure

Please note that from the end of October through to approximately April 2016, the cycle/foot path over the railway on Linear Way at the top of Bellotts Road will be closed as Network Rail need to carry out comprehensive preparation work for the railway electrification and installation of new bridge has been completed.

During this time pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted via a short, fully signed, diversion route. This footpath closure will remain in place until the new footbridge has been installed and the approach footpaths have been re-instated.

The normal working hours on site will be between 08.00am - 6.00pm, from Monday to Friday and from 08.00am  - 1.00pm on Saturdays.
Full details of the work and timetable can be viewed here.

There is also several drop in sessions being held to inform residents of what work is actually being carried out, these are as follows:
1st October 2015 at Hillside Hall, Hillside Road, Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3NX.
6th October 2015, 16:00 to 19:30 at Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW.
3rd November 2015, 16:00 to 19:30 at Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

1st December 2015 at Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

Friday, 25 September 2015

Street Cleansing

Twerton Focus Team member Sean Moore has started a campaign to get the streets across the city cleared of the ever increasing quantity of overgrown vegetation.  Sean has written to every Councillor in Bath and North East Somerset asking what they are each doing in their own wards to tackle this issue.

The overgrown vegetation, mainly weeds, is getting so out of hand across the whole council area that they are starting to cause damage to our footpaths and roads, which in turn uses up value revenue to repair, this revenue could be used elsewhere if a proper maintenance programme was in place.  The council does spray the weeds, however, these are then in turn left to rot down, providing more debris on the edge of footpaths and in gutters in which new weeds can grow.

We have gutters that are now green and drains that will be totally ineffective throughout the winter months due to the amount of grass and weeds that is growing in them.  The weeds not only cause damage but they make our streets look a mess and litter gets caught up in them making our streets look even worse.

The street cleansing teams are issued with brushes, shovels and even garden hoe's, however, these are rarely used, which is why the weeds have reached such levels.  Sean is asking for council employees to revert back to using the full range of equipment they are supplied with instead of just walking the streets with a bag and litter picker.  The use of the brushes and shovels means that the weeds have no debris left in the footpaths and gutters in which to grow

Here in Twerton we are aware of this issue affecting a large number of our roads and footpaths are are actively speaking with the council;s cleansing team to get this cleaned up.

If you have any particular issues in your street that you would like us to look into, please do get in touch.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

MacMillan Coffee morning St Michaels Church.

A Coffee morning is being held on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support this Friday 25th September at St Michael's church Twerton 10.30 till 12 noon.

If you have the time then why not go along and give them your support and join an ever growing number of people supporting others in need.

Shaws Way - Traffic disruption 1st October

On Thursday 1st October Wessex Water will be carrying out essential work to replace covers on the section of Shaws Way, between it's junction with Newton Road and Cleeve Green.

This work is scheduled to be carried out between 9.30am and 3.00pm and is likely to cause disruption to all traffic, including busses, with potential partial or full road closure possible for some of the time.

If you will be travelling by bus, we would advise you check with the local bus companies if a planned diversion is in place or if they are continuing to run via this route during the road works.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Community engagement

As part of our community engagement we are again calling on residents on a Friday morning and will continue to call on residents until we have been to every street in Twerton.

So far since May we have called on about 1,000 doors in Twerton and have spoken with hundreds of people.

From this week in an extension to community engagement Councillor Tim Ball will be attending one of the three community venues in the ward where residents gather for tea and a chat.

Tim will be available to talk with anyone who has an issue or wants to raise a concern / problem that needs to be resolved.

This week Tim will be popping into Rose Cottage in Twerton High Street between 11am and 12 noon on Thursday 24th for a cup of tea and a chat.

If you need to speak to us in confidence then please use the contact details on this blog.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Footpath Dominion Road to Freeview Road

We have asked that this footpath is again cleared up as it has go into quite a mess.

We hope that this will be cleared up in the next few days.

We have asked that the council keep a check on this path to ensure that it does not get into a mess in the future.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Morrisons update

An update to yesterday's blog entry about Morrisons in Twerton High Street.

It seems that several People reading yesterday's blog entry though that Morrisons was closing its doors today this is not the case the ownership transfers to the new company today and they will have a refit in October when the rebranding takes place to MyLocal store.

I hope that this clarifies the issue as we are working on only the information that we receive.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Morrisons Twerton to Close

Morrisions Twerton will close on Monday and reopen as a MyLocal store.

The Twerton Morriosns is one of the 100 or so stores that is being transferred to a new company after Morrisions decided to reduce the amount of stores that it holds in the convenience store sector.

We would hope that the New store would keep to the price promises made by Morrisons to Twerton residents.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Kelston View Bath (Bus Shelter)

We have had complaints from residents about youths vandalising the Bus Shelter on Kelston View after school hours.

We have drawn this matter to the attention of the local Police and asked that they keep a close eye on the area.

Residents have told us that some of the youths have been verbally aggressive and we advise that people keep away from them and inform the Police of any problems of vandalism.

New bus timetables

After it being drawn to our attention that some of the bus timetables were incorrect for the number 5 Bus service on Newton Road we have taken action to have the matter resolved.

1) All of the timetables have been checked and some have been found to be in the wrong place and this has been corrected.

2) In some places we identified that the the bus timetables were actually missing and we have now had these replaced.

If you know of any other issues with timetables in Twerton then please let us know.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Second hand furniture sale

Bath & North East Somerset Council is once again offering residents the opportunity to buy second hand furniture at bargain prices.

The unwanted furniture has been brought to the Council’s Recycling Centres, but is still in a good enough condition to be re-used.

Items will go on sale on Saturday September 26, from 10am to 12 noon at the old MOD building (next to the Recycling Centre) at Pixash Lane, Keynsham BS31 ITP.

The furniture available includes: a cast iron double bed, corner sofas, three-piece suites, bedside tables, retro sideboards and coffee tables, plus much, much more.

For the first time the Council’s Waste Campaign’s team are offering some of these items for free.

So whether you’re looking to furnish your home or want a piece of furniture to upcycle, come along and grab a bargain.

All furniture bought at the sale must be paid for in cash and taken away on the day.

There will also be an opportunity to visit our recycling roadshow at the sale and find out more about our Feed Me and Win campaign, where you could be rewarded with a £50 voucher for recycling your wasted food.

We can give you advice on how you can waste less and save money, answer your recycling queries and you can pick up free recycling containers if you need them.

For more information please visit or  contact Council Connect 01225 30 40 41 or email: 

Free electric blanket testing 2015

Residents across Bath & North East Somerset are being urged to book now for free electric blanket safety tests.

Bath & North East Somerset Council offers the service annually to help people protect themselves against an injury or fire in the home.  

Electric blankets over three years old should be tested every year. All blankets should be tested if the wiring within them has moved or if the electrical connections look worn or damaged. 

Last year, Bath & North East Somerset Council tested 177 electric blankets, of these 34 failed the test.  Electric blankets may often look safe but in fact pose a serious risk.  We want people to be safe in their homes and I urge anyone who uses an electric blanket to get it tested using our free service.

This year’s testing sessions will take place in Keynsham, Midsomer Norton & Larkhall. Booking an appointment is essential. In addition to the electric blanket testing there will be information stalls from a range of organisations to help residents keep safe, healthy and active. 

Dates and times for 2015 

Friday October 9 – 10.30am – 4pm at the Council Chamber, High Street, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DP 

Tuesday October 13 – 10.30am – 4pm, New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, BA1 6RA 

Tuesday October 27 – 11am – 4.30pm, St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham High Street, BS31 2BL

To book an appointment, call Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Public Protection & Health Improvement team on 01225 396759

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sheridan Road

Had a good meeting with Curo today to look at proposals to resolve some of the difficult parking problems on Sheridan Road.

Residents are well aware that parking on this road is difficult to say the very least and that much of the grass area has been parked on and destroyed by some people parking irresponsibly.

We are determined to resolve these issues as soon as practicably possible and believe that only a joint approach with residents support will work.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Police round up for Twerton

People probably don't realise that on September 12th Pc Adge Secker will have beat the area beat manager for 7 years and in that time many issues have been resolved including a much reduced crime rate.

But as Adge will tell you the work continues until there is no crime in Twrton.

On the matter of Crime in King George's Road last week two female PCSO's were subject to an onslaught of verbal abuse and threats from a young male who has now been apprehended and charged.

As always if you see a crime or are a victim of crime contact the Police.

For a crime that has already taken place of to give information call 101

For a crime taking place or an emergency call 999

Redland Park repairs

We are pleased to be able to report that repairs to the paved area at the rear of Redland Park have now been carried out by Bath & North East Somerset Council and the path restored to its correct condition.

The picture shown is the picture before the repair took place.