- The most important issue for us like most in Bath is the need to resolve the local effects on movement and health of Bath's transport problems.One key aspect of this is the long proposed A36-A46 Link Road.
- We are working with our Councillors to fix local problems and encourage improvements to the estate and its environs. The current list of such issues is here. We are meeting regularly with our Councillors and Council Officers to hasten action on them.
- The Council has published its plans for new fortnightly non recyclable waste collection on its website here. The general provision for our Estate is wheelie-bins. These should be fine for most of us, but may well not be for the middle-of -terrace houses on three of our roads, or elderly or infirm residents. There is an appeal process for the alternative of gull proof sacks via Council Connect, but experience so far suggests these officers are not always helpful. If you have tried this method without success, ask our Ward Councillors (Fiona Darey or Richard Samuel -contact details here) for help.
- One persistent local problem is illegal coach parking near the Chinese restaurant at the end of Bathwick St. Most of their trade is coach-borne, and the drivers tend to park on Bathwick St (obstructing traffic), Beckford Gardens (blocking the bus stop), or even in our estate (residents parking) . Councillor Peter Turner (Abbey Ward) has been working tirelessly with local residents for months to try (with suggestions) to get the Council to fix this problem. We are meeting with Councillor Mark Shelford, the new Cabinet Lead for transport, to discuss what can be done about this, on 14 September.
- We support the restoration of the Cleveland Pools, but while the Trust has done a lot of public engagement on their plans, they did not recognise the need to engage their neighbours from the start as distinct stakeholders that need to be brought on board to ensure the local impact of their plans is acceptable. The main problem is the planned intensity of use of the site, both in terms of hours of use (noise for neighbours), and the impact of travel to and from the pools, some of which will be by car and coach. Our April 2017 AGM voted overwhelmingly that we should continue to oppose the current plans on these grounds. Our Ward Councillors, Richard Samuel and Fiona Darey, have chaired meetings with the CPT, ourselves, and some of the nearest residents (because they are the most affected), to discuss the potential for a compromise way ahead. We believe the best prospect for this is a much less intensive approach to the use of the Pools, in particular dropping the water heating element, as set out in a report from the CPT's consultants here. We found it encouraging, but when we discussed it at a meeting with the CPT in August (note of meeting here) they insisted that it would not be financially viable, and confirmed that they would be applying to the HLF that month to seek confirmation of funding for their original scheme. We have therefore written to the HLF (here) asking them to reject the CPT's proposals in favour of the non heated water variant, or a fresh start.