- 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. There are signs that Councillor Mark Shelford, the new Cabinet Lead for transport, is now taking this seriously.
- We support the restoration of the Cleveland Pools, but while the Trust has done a lot of public engagement on their plans, they have only very recently recognised the need to engage their neighbours 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, chaired a meeting with the CPT, ourselves, and some of the Hampton Row residents (because they are the most affected), on 5 June, which discussed the potential for a compromise way ahead. The most substantive action was for the CPT to commission work on the implications of a much less intensive approach to the use of the Pools, in particular dropping the water heating element, as set out in the attached summary, for discussion at a further meeting. This report is now available ( here), and we think it is encouraging. We have written (here) to the CPT accordingly. Our next meeting with them is on 11 August. This may be the last chance to persuade them to change to this less intensive use approach as they are due to make their final funding submission to the HLF by the end of the month. We are keeping the HLF informed of our views.