- 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. The key aspect of this is the long proposed A36-A46 Link Road, and we continue to argue for progress on this.
- One persistent local problem is illegal coach parking near the Chinese restaurant at the end of Bathwick St. A meeting with Councillor Peter Turner (Abbey Ward) and Councillor Mark Shelford, the new Cabinet Lead for transport, recently agreed some new parking control arrangements for Bathwick Street which the Council is now consulting on.
- We have set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for the whole estate. Hannah Rees is the coordinator, and will be able to pass on email updates on policing issues to all who notify her of their email address. You can do this via the contact form here if you wish. Avon and Somerset Police have upgraded their website so it is much more interactive and relevant on local issues; it can be found here.
- The latest update on the Sydney Gardens update project, which we are supporting , is here.
- We support the restoration of the Cleveland Pools, but while the Cleveland Pools Trust (CPT) did 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. We support a much less intensive approach to the restoration and use of the Pools, in particular dropping the water heating element, as set out in a report from the CPT's consultants here. 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 therefore wrote to the HLF (here) asking them to reject the CPT's proposals in favour of the non heated water variant, or a fresh start. The HLF have now refused the funding bid, and will meet the CPT and Council in the new year to explain why and discuss next steps. We hope it is now obvious to all that finding a viable way forward for the Pools will require a fundamental re-think of what we are are trying to achieve, and how best to achieve it, led by the Council, and with the full participation of the local community here, and especially including the immediate neighbours of the Pools whose lives will be most affected by whatever is decided.