- The most important issue for us like most in Bath is the need to resolve the local effects of Bath's transport problems. The key to this is the long proposed A36-A46 Link Road, and we continue to argue for progress on this.
- BathNES Council have published draft proposals for a Charging Clean Air Zone in central Bath to reduce air pollution caused by vehicle emissions. These have important implications for the Bathwick Estate. On 8 November we held a public meeting (notes here) on this to help everyone decide how to respond, and we have now advised residents here that we believe the CAZ should include our Estate and Beckford Road. The Council have said they have received so many responses that they will need much longer than planned to decide next steps, and will have an update in March.
- We are delighted that the Sydney Gardens update project, has now been awarded a £2.7m Lottery Fund Grant. Update here.
- We were sorry to hear the news that the Cleveland Pools Trust has also received the £4.7m they sought for their commercial scale plans to restore the Pools. We recognise the importance of rescuing this historic site. But the CPT only revealed the commercial scale of their proposed scheme, involving 36,000 visitors per year, to us, its neighbours, 2 years ago. Since then we have pleaded with the CPT, Council and HLF to recognise that this scale of operation, and the vehicle traffic it will inevitably bring, is completely inappropriate for this quiet, residential community; without success, it seems.
- We are concerned about the emerging impact of the plans to develop the Rec. The car parking provision, visual impact, and likely noise and light pollution impacts of a commercial development on this scale seem very concerning. We plan to offer advice to residents on this over the next few weeks.