Just the Ticket!

Just the Ticket!

Bath’s Museum of Bath at Work invites you to view both the new and the old British railway of the 1950s in a series of short presentation from British Transport Films.


Green Park Station under steam!

See how to convince potential passengers that travelling behind a steam locomotive in post-war Britain could be a glamorous experience. How did they do it?

Includes ‘Train Time’ (1952), ‘Single Line Working (filmed on the Somerset and Dorset)(1958) and ‘Elisabethan Express’ (1954)

Wednesday February 3rd 2016
7.30 p.m.
Museum of Bath at Work
Free Admission – Donations always Welcome

Public get another chance to comment on Park and Ride East

Public get another chance to comment on Park and Ride East

The taxpayers of B&NES get to have their say on Park and Ride proposals for the east of the city – and to comment on transport solutions generally for that area – at a special ‘open scrutiny day’ to be held in March.

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A Park and Ride bus in Bath.

It’s being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Communities, Transport and Environment Policy Development & Scrutiny Panel on March 22nd in the Banqueting Room, The Guildhall, Bath from 10:00am – 4:30pm.

This will be an opportunity for the public alongside key partners, and professionals to consider existing information and work collaboratively in identifying alternative wider integrated transport solutions for the east of Bath area.

The day will focus on:-

1. Understanding the implications of the Bath Transport Strategy with regard to transport from the East of Bath
2. Having a clear understanding of the current transport strategy and analysis undertaken on Baths Park & Rides.
3. Listening to best practice examples and consider the advantages and disadvantages of different options
4. Collectively developing a range of integrated transport options, prior to a report being presented to Cabinet for consideration

The day will not be reviewing only whether we should be having a Park & Ride to the East of Bath but also wider integrated transport solutions for this area.

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The open scrutiny day is being held at Bath’s Guildhall.

Cllr John Bull (Labour, Paulton), Chair of the Panel, said, the purpose of the day, will be to work collaboratively to develop alternative integrated transport solutions. Cllr Bull said: “As well as interesting guest speakers, there will be an opportunity to understand what work has already been achieved both within Bath and North East Somerset and around the country. We will also be holding workshops during the afternoon session where people can share their views on what they consider integrated transport is and to work together to prioritise a range of possible options and models for the East of Bath and we look forward to working closely with the community on developing these ideas.”

Members of the public, also have the opportunity to submit any statements in advance of the Scrutiny day (with written submissions at least 5 days before the event to try to avoid duplication and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to engage) These statements will be supplied as part of the briefing pack / papers on the Scrutiny Inquiry Day.

For more information about the agenda and day itself, people can contact the Policy Development and Scrutiny Team on 01225 396053 or email scrutiny@bathnes.gov.uk.

Written submissions can also be made by post to:

Policy Development & Scrutiny
Strategy & Performance
The Guildhall
High Street

Towpath work due to start end of February.

Towpath work due to start end of February.

As a cyclist, l have pretty much given up using the towpath link into Bath at the moment.

A month of rain has turned the canal-side approach path from Grosvenor Bridge into a quagmire and the towpath itself looks like a miniature (and repeating) Lake District.

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After rain the towpath is quite an obstacle course for cyclists and pedestrians.



The pathway up to the canal


It’s my understanding work will start on improving things at the end of February/beginning of March – but no definite date has yet been fixed.

The contractors who will do the job are – apparently -specialist river engineers who regularly do a lot of towpath and river bank work for the Canal & River Trust.

Bath bins!

Bath bins!

While appreciating that Bath is full of businesses who need to manage their waste, l wonder whether it’s time to think about how the city – as a whole – actually does this.



Maybe a joint approach on what sort of  refuse containers are used and where – in a central urban area with World Heritage status – they are positioned.

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These are just random shots taken in and around the streets of Bath.  There is no intention to single out an individual business or institution for blame.

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However, l am trying to illustrate the fact that they are not exactly the trophies of trade we would want to promote. But how to hide or disguise them?



Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.

Maybe – as Bath Preservation Trust are looking at A boards – they may like to gauge the detrimental effect of these wheelie bins and suggest a way of hiding them.

All weathers Pete!

All weathers Pete!

While today’s foul weather (Tuesday, January 26th) was enough to keep most Bathonians indoors, there was no stopping an artist known as ‘Pete the Street’ from going about his business.


Peter Brown at work under the Stall Street end colonnade of Abbey Church Yard.

Peter Brown is a British impressionist painter – based in Bath – who got his nickname from his practice of working on location in all weathers.

Today he had set up his easel under the shelter of the colonnade at the Stall Street end of Abbey Church Yard and was busy depicting the wonderful reflective qualities of a wet paved surface stretching out in front of him.


Peter Brown at work amidst the wind and rain of Bath today – Tuesday, January 26th.

Peter is a regular exhibitor at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery but also currently has an exhibition “Paintings of London” on display at Messum’s in Cork Street – his biggest ever showing in London – until February 12th.

Last chance to have say on transport and housing.

Last chance to have say on transport and housing.

People are being urged not to miss the chance to have their say on a major consultation seeking views on the future provision of housing and transport in the West of England.

Consultation on the Issues and Options for the Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study, led by the area’s four local authorities, comes to a close at the end of the month (29 Jan).

Organisers have been touring the West of England since last November sharing information on various options about where housing and infrastructure could be provided and gathering feedback.

More than 1,000 people have given their feedback to date, and on social media the #WEbuildourfuture hashtag has been used, shared and commented on hundreds of times since the consultation launched on 9 November.

The end result will be a locally created plan that will be used by local authorities to guide housing, employment space and transport provision in their areas until 2036.

The West of England is growing and economically successful: the area is worth around £26bn a year to the UK economy, and around 95,000 new jobs are targeted to be created by 2036. Estimates state that the area needs 85,000 new and affordable homes by 2036, which is 29,000 more than currently planned and predicted.

Leaders from each of the four local authorities say they are pleased with the level of engagement.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We are the most successful UK city region outside London and the South East, but in order to maintain momentum we need a strong shared plan across the four authorities to deliver the right housing and transport infrastructure.

“Working in partnership across boundaries is the only way we are going to achieve a cohesive and strategic plan for housing and transport that will enable good sustainable growth in and around Bristol for the next 20 years and beyond.”

Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader of North Somerset Council, said: “This consultation has looked at some of the areas that are going to be critical in decision making going forward: supply of accommodation that more people can afford, sustainable development, protecting the green belt, areas prone to flooding and the environment, as well as improving transport infrastructure.

“It’s important that all the areas are taken into account to provide communities where people want to live, so I urge people to take part during these last stages of the consultation.”

Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Balancing the need for more, affordable communities without creating dormitory villages with inadequate supporting infrastructure is a challenge but it’s one we need to meet if we are going to build a better future for the next generation.”

Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council said: “This is the final opportunity for people to have their say on the Issues and Options document which will influence one of the most important pieces of region-wide planning for the next 20 years. If you haven’t already contributed, please get in touch before the consultation closes.”

There are a number of other ways people can share their views before the consultation closes on January 29, including online and by emailing comment@jointplanningwofe.org,uk and by mail to West of England Joint Planning Consultation, c/o South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 299, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 0DR.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk

Grubby title for Westgate Street?

Grubby title for Westgate Street?

Is it just me or does Westgate Street take the title of Bath’s grubbiest inner-city thoroughfare? There’s plenty of healthy trading going on in the road but just look at its condition.


Too much tarmac where paving slabs used to be.

Kerbing has been damaged by delivery lorries parking on the pavements and so many of the paving slabs have been replaced with tarmac and not new slabs.


There are blobs of chewing gum just about everywhere, boarded up holes in the wall where cash machines once dispensed money and a fine view into an internal delivery yard where rubbish – in and out of bins – is on view from the roadside.


Boarded up holes where cash machines once were.


Chewing gum blobs everywhere. Broken kerbstone and tarmac instead of slabs.

Not exactly the sort of thing we want to share with our tourists – let alone local people.


The rubbish in this inner yard is also on view from the street.