A plug for Bath’s street traders, a shared city service and a lot more!

The street traders have had to move while their new electricity supply is installed. Life will be cleaner and quieter.

The street traders have had to move while their new electricity supply is installed. Life will be cleaner and quieter.

A little bit of disruption in Stall Street this week where established street traders have had to move over while workmen install individual power supplies alongside their dedicated pitches..

It’ll be goodbye to the old noisy generator for the cheery chap who brightens up grey skies with a wonderful display of floral blooms – whatever the weather.

The new Holland and Barrett shop.

The new Holland and Barrett shop.

I see Holland and Barrett are moving down to take over the ground floor of a newly refurbished block which will soon be offering the floors above for sale as residential apartments.

The new level surface in Stall Street.

The new level surface in Stall Street.

Stall Street continues to be paved with a new surface not marked by raised kerbs.

Cannot help wondering what real difference this will make when – at some considerable cost – the surface has been raised and drains buried to make them more difficult to access for repairs.

The only real future for Stall Street is pedestrianisation say after 9 am in the morning until midnight at least.

Wonder what the inhabitants of the old Empire Hotel think of that bit of cheeky parking in Orange Grove.?

Wonder what the inhabitants of the old Empire Hotel think of that bit of cheeky parking in Orange Grove.?

The disabled badge is being correctly shown.

The disabled badge is being correctly shown.

This could well have been a genuine stay in Orange Grove by a disabled person who quite properly displayed a disabled badge in the car window – but cannot help thinking the position of this vehicle and caravan makes an ideal site to promote the forthcoming musical event being advertised by posters in every window of this ‘box office’ on wheels.

This is an ugly frontage we have had to put up with for months!

This is an ugly frontage we have had to put up with for months!

I also agree with others who feel that whoever owns the building in which Phones 4U was once situated should get a move on and replace the broken glass. The

What's a Bristol parking van doing in Bath?

What’s a Bristol parking van doing in Bath?

shopfront has been boarded for months. It looks dreadful and surely cannot help with promoting the property as a going business rental.

Was that a Bristol parking officers van l saw the other day? Are we sharing services? Yes we are!

Another reliable informant tells me that  ‘Bristol City Council are contracted to deal with the collection of money from Bath’s parking ticket machines.

This is why you will regularly see their vans around Bath. So someone (probably us) is paying operatives to drive back & forth (and sit in stationary traffic, I guess). Can’t be very efficient.’ No it can’t!

PS Not all the gulls are gone. I found one adult couple going through the motions of teaching a late-born fledgling to fly. I wish them well.

It was an observation made while waiting on North Parade Bridge where l could look up river to Pulteney Weir

A fledgling on his way to full flight.

A fledgling on his way to full flight.

and the island upon which a lot of people would like to see the Aqueye installed.

A clear viewing bubble at the end of two ‘giant chopsticks’ is one description l have heard. A device that swings out and up above Pulteney Bridge and Weir for a wonderful view of Georgian Bath below.

A page from the Aqueye.co.uk website.

A page from the Aqueye.co.uk website.

Whether the Empire Hotel residents will enjoy people waving into their windows remains to be seen. It also would probably run foul of UNESCO and Bath’s World Heritage status – but you can’t help but admire people who are trying to add something of today to this history-laden city of ours.

Great idea but wrong place if you ask me – and no one has.

It is a commercial enterprise so me suggesting Royal Victoria Park – or down by the river at Western Riverside – probably won’t appeal in terms of footfall and maximum profit – but you cannot block the view – and photo opportunity – of one of Bath’s most iconic public spaces – even if this ‘fairground attraction’ swings in and out and up and down.

Let’s hear some more points of view.