Bath’s aqua-power!

Bit of a buzz at the Guildhall this afternoon for the Second Bath Conference which has invited the people of B&NES to go along and have their say on what is good and bad about living in the Heritage city.

Sainsbury's development plans.
Sainsbury’s development plans.

Plenty of local community groups, organisations and businesses had organised stands to promote everything from Sainsbury’s plans for their riverside site to the Cleveland Pools Trust which is trying to restore and re-open the country’s only surviving Georgian lido.

The Cleveland Pool Trust display. Britain's first lido?
The Cleveland Pool Trust display. Britain’s first lido?

Pupils from Bath Dance Group provided some vocal harmony for the opening ceremony and then it was down to business with even an opportunity to question local council leaders.

Opening with a song - students from Bath Dance College.
Opening with a song – students from Bath Dance College.

Literally, lots of energy on the Bath River Regeneration Trust stand where a colourful display explained plans to install an Archimedes Screw on the Pulteney Weir sluice gate in time to power the Christmas lights this coming December.

Back to clean and green energy says the Trust – harnessing the energy of the River Avon in the way it was originally used to power the many mills that lined the banks.

The River Regeneration Trust display.
The River Regeneration Trust display.

Got a feeling there is more news to come from the Trust soon.

Meanwhile the Bath Business Improvement Group  had covered the walls of a side room in clean paper on which people could ‘post’ their suggestions for improving life and work in the city of Bath.

More bright ideas.
More bright ideas.

I was there early this afternoon but had to smile at some initial postings which suggested  re-organising and recruiting a new Council and  going for quality not quantity when it comes to Bath’s visitors.

I hope our very welcome tourists don’t come in and read that one!

I left my suggestion for picking up on Brighton’s famous Lanes Quarter and giving our unique narrow shopping passages, like Northumberland Place,  a similar designation.

Bright ideas?
Bright ideas?

We could promote Bath’s Lanes district!