Tuesday, 29 January 2019

HMO application Haycombe Drive

We have a retrospective planning application to convert a 4 bed dwelling house at 181 Haycombe Drive to a 6 bed roomed HMO.

We have raised objections to this planning application as we feel that a six bed roomed HMO in this location is far to much for the community and have asked that it is refused, we have asked that if approval is recommended that it is sent to the planning committee to be determined in public session.

The application can be viewed or you can leave comments at this Link 181 Haycombe Drive.

We are concerned that far to many properties are being converted into HMO's without permission being sought.

It is good to remember that all HMO's now require a license as well as planning permission.
The council Licensing policy for HMO's can be found on the link below.

Bathnes HMO Licensing

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Home Care Review Consultation

A large number of our residents across the area rely on Home Care to ensure they can remain in their own homes.  The Consultation on what users feel are good about the services that are provided and what could be done better is due to close next Friday 1st February.  

Make sure you have your say here Home Care Review consultation as without the input from those that use and need this service, changes that are needed may not be considered.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Day Crescent

We are working with Curo in an attempt to stop vehicles entering the footpath around Day Crescent.

Some time ago the hedge was removed when Curo renovated the houses that they owned around Day Crescent.

We are working with Curo and will soon be talking to More Trees for Bath about implementing a solution to this situation.

Garre House

We are pleased to be able to report the Curo have informed us that the Roof at Garre House is about to be fully refurbished to prevent the leaks that have caused a huge problem for some of the residents in there.

We are currently talking with Curo about other blocks of flats in the area and hope to bring some good news on them as soon as possible.

If you have a problem that need dealing with then please let us know.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Rosewarn Park

We are pleased to confirm that Sarah Moore and Councillor Tim Ball are working closely with members of Whiteway Residents Association and Curo to find funding to enable the very neglected Rosewarn Park to have a makeover.

The park area has been left untouched for so long there is nothing left for children to use safely, the fencing is non existent and the whole area is in need of a big overhaul.

We will keep you updated on progress with this project but are keen to get moving with this as soon as we can, to give the children in the area a better, safer open space to play.

Green waste collections restart Monday 28 January

Residents of Bath and North East Somerset are being reminded that green waste collections resume on Monday 28 January.

The council suspended collections early last year due to budget cuts and have bowed to pressure to restart them-after receiving complains and being lobbied regarding not providing a Christmas tree collection for the first time that I can remember.

People who bought real Christmas trees, but have not yet taken them to one of the council’s recycling centres, can put them out for collection between 28 January and 8 February on garden waste collection days, even if they don’t have a green bin. They will be collected free of charge. Please cut them up small enough to fit in the lorry and make sure they are free of decorations.

For more information and to sign up for the council’s green waste collection service visit:www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/gardenwaste

Friday, 18 January 2019

Waterloo Buildings Fencing upgrade

We are delighted after a meeting with Curo and local residents at Waterloo buildings earlier this week that the fencing will be upgraded to a more inclusive style that will be uniformed along the entire length of the marionettes.

A working group of residents is also being set up to improve the look of the area including new planting on areas of land that Curo will soon be clearing of overgrown shrubs.

The fencing will be upgraded over the next few months and the planting will start at that point.

The Old fencing has long since served its purpose.

Twerton High Street Works

We have received notification of delays and possible road closure on Twerton High Street whilst Removal of loose handrail and sheeting above road install new safety fence and ballast boards railway bridge at Twerton Arch between 19th to 25th January.

Please be prepared for delays at this location.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

Connection Hill

Notification of Road Closure from Bath and North East Somerset Council.



Notice is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14(2)(a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 will, by virtue of this Notice, for a period of 7 days commencing onSaturday 19thJanuary 2019close temporarily to vehicles Connection Road, Twerton from its junction with High Street to its junction with Lower Bristol Road between the hours of 23:30 – 06:00. 

The above restriction is necessary because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road to facilitate a safety works by Balfour Beatty
but shall not apply to any vehicles necessarily carrying out the repairs.

Alternative route:

Mill Lane – High Street – How Hill – A36 Lower Bristol Road.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Dog Fouling

whilst out and about in the last few weeks we have become aware of a lot more dogs on our pavements.

It is very clear that some people are getting very lazy and are not picking up the dogs mess behind them.

Sarah Moore has been running a campaign along with the local Schools who's children designed posters about this and the need for owners to clear up behind their dogs.

We have reported several areas that are of concern to the dog warden in the hope that we can catch the culprits who could receive a heavy fine if caught.

in the mean time we will be introducing new posters in the areas that we find problems.

if you know of some one who is not cleaning up behind their animals then please let us know and we will inform the necessary authorities to deal with the culprits.

It must be remembered that it is not the fault of the dog that messes it is the fault of the owner who does not clean up behind the animal.

Innox Park

We have some news from the council regarding the hedges in Innox Park that were not cut last year.

Many residents have commented that the area has become rater untidy and that the hedges and bushes that overlook their homes have become rather overbearing.

The council plan to cut these bushes back at the end of winter beginning of spring before the nesting season.

This could be February or March but please don't hold us to these exact dates as they may change as we are only working from information that the council are giving us.

Individual residents that have raised specific concerns over certain hedges have been written to, if you have concerns and have not had a letter within the next week then please let us know.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Deadline for Primary school applications is January 15th

Parents across Bath and North East Somerset whose children are due to start primary school in September are being reminded that the deadline for applications is fast approaching.

Applications must be received by midnight on Tuesday 15 January.  Any applications submitted after this time will be considered as ‘late applications’ and will be dealt with at a later stage when all ‘on-time applications’ have been processed. The same deadline applies to children transferring to a junior school in year 3 in September.

There are 63 primary schools in Bath and North East Somerset, and competition is tough as each school has a limited number of places. Therefore, all parents are strongly advised to give three preferences in ranked order. The preferences can be for schools in any local authority area and can include Academy, Foundation or Voluntary Aided schools.

When choosing schools, parents are advised to do their research and consider factors such as each school's admissions criteria and how they would get their child there. The council will then allocate each child to a school, depending on a combination of their parents' preferences, the criteria for entry, and the number of places available.

Choosing a school that is right for your child is one of the most important decisions parents can make. We are very fortunate to have many good or outstanding secondary schools in Bath and North East Somerset, but there is stiff competition for places. 

By naming all three preferences parents will maximise their child’s chances of being offered a place at a school they like. All preferences are considered in ranked order.

Parents who live in Bath and North East Somerset can apply for a place for their child via the council's admissions website or by completing a downloaded hard copy that can be emailed or posted. 

Those who live outside Bath and North East Somerset must apply via their own local authority. Regardless of the method, the council must receive your application by midnight on Tuesday 15 January for your child to be considered for a place.

Offers of places will be made on 16 April 2019. Parents who are resident in Bath & North East Somerset not offered a place at their preferred school(s) will be offered a place at the nearest suitable school with a place available.

High Street Damaged lamp post.

We have asked the council to ensure that this lamp post damaged by the contractor building the new flats on Twerton High Street is replaced as soon as possible.

We have asked that the council pursues the developer of these flats for the money to replace this lamp post.

It is important that in these times of austerity that this matter is pursued and not be paid for by council tax payers.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Planning appeal Wedgewood Road

An appeal has been lodged concerning a refusal for planning permission at 41 Wedgwood Road Whiteway for the Creation of an additional apartment to the rear of the existing shop.

Shophouse Road Drains

I have today reported the three blocked drains on Shophouse Road that I saw today.

It looks like the drains are full of builders rubble from the new house build on Shophouse Road.

It should be an issue that the council should chase the delevoper for the cost of clearing these drains and I would hope that they would do so.

update on post 08 01 19
The council have scheduled this work and it should be completed shortly.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Blagdon Park Update

Great to see that our request to replace all the old, unreadable road signs around Blagdon Park have now been replaced.

These signs will hopefully make it easier for delivery drivers and emergency services to locate properties quicker.

We are still in discussion with Curo about the parking issues around this area that were also raised by a number of residents and will provide an update on progress with this as soon as possible.