The terrible fire at Notre Dame in Paris made your Editor ponder how Bath Abbey would fare in a blaze? An enquiry to Avon Fire & Rescue produced this reassuring reply from David Lindsay:
“Our records show that Bath Abbey complies with the Fire Service Order 2006. This act ensures that the building is maintained to a high level to ensure the people that use the building are safe. It purpose is also to keep the building as safe as possible from accidental fires starting.
The Notre Dame fire was possibly caused by renovation work being carried out. It’s a sad and unfortunate accident.The French fire service did what they could to save it with the equipment they had.
As for Bath Abbey with regards to firefighting, Avon Fire and Rescue has 4 aerial appliances that would easily reach all parts of the roof. There is also an unlimited water supply via the river.
I hope this answers your questions, you can rest assured that the Abbey is good hands and if for whatever reason it did have a fire in the roof we have the right equipment to deal with it safely”.
What these situations are like can be understood by having a look at the great fire of Windsor:
The local company Donald Insall Associates, just the other side of Queen Square from BRLSI are specialists at dealing with historic buildings:
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.