- 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.
- Last Autumn, BathNES Council published draft proposals for a Charging Clean Air Zone in central Bath to reduce air pollution caused by vehicle emissions which had 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 then advised residents here and the Council that we believed the CAZ should include our Estate and Beckford Road. The Council has now agreed revised proposals which exclude cars, but includes the Bathwick Estate inside the CAZ. We have welcomed this.
- 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 intend to comment when the planning application, now expected in May or June, goes forward.