- 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. We have urged all residents to respond to the consultation by 26 November.
- 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. In December 2017 ,the HLF refused the Stage 2 funding bid, but the CPT are trying again, with the support of BathNES and the HLF. The Cleveland Pools Immediate Neighbours (CPINs) have put together (here) the outline of a much more suitable, community led, restoration of the Pools, and have distributed a leaflet about it (here) around the Estate. We have now conducted an opinion poll for the Bathwick Estate on this issue. It shows that while there is strong support for restoring the Pools in some way, the CPT scheme is not acceptable to the local community. The detail is set out in a letter to the Council Leader here; the numerical results are here ; a summary of the comments received is here; the comments in full are here; and a copy of the letter we originally sent out seeking views is here. Meanwhile, we are taking part in the CPT's consultative group (latest minutes here) to try to ameliorate the most damaging aspects of their proposals if they go ahead.