Elections for the Parish Council and BANES Ward Councillors will take place on 2nd May, the polling station is the Community Rooms on Mountain Wood as usual.
An election at Parish level is dependant on more than 11 candidates standing for the Parish Council, otherwise it would not be contested with all nominated persons taking a seat.
The Parish Council would like to thanks our Ward Councillors; Alison Millar, Geoff Ward and Martin Veal for all the work they done for the parish.
Dear Parish Hall Users,
If you live in the village you will know that the Parish Hall Committee are planning to replace the roof. The roof is approximately 100 years old and showing signs of deterioration, and also contains 5% Chrysotile asbestos.
It was originally planned to carry out the work by a specialists Contractor during the summer school holidays, however, a large proportion of the funds raised ( 60,000 pounds) has to be paid before July, so the new start date was brought forward to cover the Easter Holiday (April 1 – 25). I understand today that the Contractor has requested an earlier start date of 25th March to erect scaffolding and completely tent the whole building.
During the first week (25th – 29th March) the hall will be out of bounds during the day but can be used in the evening. Thereafter, nobody will be allowed to pass through the gate.
Sincere apologies for the short notice and disruption caused.
I am making inquiries with the RBL/Village Club, Mountain Wood Community Room (Polling Station) and the Church for possible alternative venues. Please contact me if you are interested.
Chairman Parish Hall Committee.
The Local Police Commissioner has asked if we would be prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing. Go to survey link
BANES has been instructed to cut Nitrogen Dioxide levels to legal limits and create clean air zones in Bath for which vehicles are likely to be charged for entry. There is now a period of consultation with drop in sessions and one to one surgeries designed for more specific concerns. For more information http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021/get-involved
Bath Rotary club has proposed to BANES council that there should be at least one “Tommy” installed in Bath to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 and the council have agreed. In order that the cost of this exercise does not detract from our other charitable donations they have produced a mydonate page specifically to raise the cost of Tommies.
The Tommies are 6ft silhouettes of a WW1 soldier which are being installed all around the country. All the proceeds from the sale of these goes to Military charities such as Help for Heroes.
This video on youtube gives a fuller story https://youtu.be/g50viJ3J94A
The mydonate page is at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/tommie/475826
This year’s Flower Show will take place on Saturday 1st September 2018 and a list of the Classes is attached for reference. Printed Schedules will available during July from the normal outlets, including the Village Shop. Entry forms will be printed along with the Schedule and should be completed and handed in to the Secretary on the evening of Wednesday 29th August at the Parish Hall, as usual.
Please click on the links below and select ‘download’ on the next page
At the Annual Parish Meeting we were given a comprehensive presentation by BANES Councillor Charles Gerrish of the Council’s financial position and of the pressures that it faces. The most startling fact was that eighty percent of the council’s revenue is spent on adult and children’s ‘social care’. Funding for schools comes under a separate arrangement in which government money is passed straight onto the schools. The obvious conclusion is that all other expenditure, pot holes, libraries and so on must come from the 20 percent, or £22m remaining. Despite this pressure, the council has to reduce expenditure by £58m by 2020. Hence the severe pressure on expenditure.
Click here for a graph depicting the break down in their available funds, then click ‘download’ at the bottom of that page.
A new Act of Parliament requires us to register, or lose, all footpaths which are assumed to have right of way.
The footpath alongside the railway line by Bathford Bridge, on land owned by Network Rail has, after an application by Bathford Parish Council, been registered by BANES. There is, however, a 42 day window for an appeal so the registration is not immediate. If Network Rail do appeal, there will be a public enquiry. The Parish Council believes that the path is well used and should be a public footpath and will give evidence to this effect at any enquiry.
The very thorough decision documents are available:
Smart cameras and equipment to count incoming traffic are to be deployed by Bath & North East Somerset Council at a range of locations including rush hour hotspots over the coming weeks.
The temporary measures, installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and automated traffic count (ATC) equipment, are aimed at building up a better understanding of the sort of vehicles that journey into and out of Bath as proposals are developed to improve air quality along the A4 London to Bath road.
The Council has worked closely with the central government Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) on the nature and extent of the surveys which will run for two weeks from Friday with additional traffic counts being carried out to supplement the ANPR data.
Bath has been identified by the Government as an area where nitrogen dioxide levels are projected to exceed national air quality objectives beyond 2021.Work being undertaken by the Council will explore measures which will improve air quality.
The Council is preparing an initial action plan which will be finalised by March 2018 to be followed by a final draft before the end of next year. This strategy will build upon the wider Bath Air Quality Action Plan which is currently being consulted on.
Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down) Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said: “This technology is being deployed only to gather information for the basis of our Air Quality Action Plan to help us improve air quality. It will not be used for any other purposes.
“We know that there is increasing evidence that air quality has an important effect on public health, the economy and the environment and tackling vehicle emissions and improving air quality is one of the most urgent challenges in towns and cities across the UK.”
Consultation on the Bath Air Quality Action Plan runs until November 26, 2017. A number of public information sessions have already been held and further drop-in sessions will be held at
Morrisons supermarket, on London Road, Bath, on Thursday, November 2, from 5 to 7pm and on Monday, November 6, from 1 to 3pm.
Photo opportunity: 12:15pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 with Cllr Bob Goodman at Location 8 on the attached map showing locations of monitoring equipment.
Some younger parishioners with a passion for skateboarding gave a very good presentation to the Parish Council at the last meeting. We are currently investigating the possibility of locating one on the playing field, in the far corner away from properties. Funding will be the ultimate decider, if anybody has any views either way or is aware of funding opportunities please get in touch with the clerk; firstname.lastname@example.org