Bike stands and a photo bloomer.

Couple of early Christmas presents for cyclists in Bath. The abandoned cycle lock cable that’s been attached to one of the hoops outside the Guildhall for weeks and weeks, has finally been removed.

The cable hoop has finally been removed.

I completed my ‘hat-trick’ of tweets to Council Connect yesterday. My first – bearing a photograph of the offending article – was made in late September. Anyway it has now gone.

The cable lock hoop that was abandoned months ago.

Meanwhile – even more of a pleasant surprise – is the amount of activity involving the installation of new bike stands.

That’s more cycle racks going up today in Milsom Street.

I saw these chaps busy setting new racks in cement at the bottom of Milsom Street.

Great to see even more two-wheeled traffic being encouraged in the town centre.

Finally, sad to see that once again those lovely people from Bath Rotary have put their festival charity hut bang in front of the best tree we’ve had in Abbey Church Yard for years.

Oh dear. The Rotary hut has spoiled the view again this year.

The Council even dug a proper foundation for this year’s fir so it wouldn’t need hazardous guy ropes to keep it up.

The view of tree and Abbey you won’t get now.

Difficult to get people to realise that tourists stand under the colonnade at the Stall Street end and frame up a lovely shot of illuminated tree and Bath Abbey behind. A view now spoiled by the hut.

Surely the take away hut could have gone somewhere else to allow Bath Rotary to tuck their hut into the corner?

They have plonked a take-away meals hut right outside the Grade 1 listed Grand Pump Room. I would have preferred to see that re-sited and the Rotary hut put there – in the corner – instead.

Don’t blame us, says the Council. A spokesperson told me:

‘We had asked the Rotary Club if they would consider moving their chalet from this location, in order to offer people a clearer view of the Christmas tree and Bath Abbey, however the Rotary Club expressed its desire for the chalet to remain in its existing location.’

While l hope their charity buckets are full to overflowing it would be nice if things could be sorted out to let everyone enjoy  an uninterrupted view of the tree and Abbey next year.


    1. Of course it’s about the money. I’m confused as to why you would want to reduce revenue for the council which helps keep council tax down. The council is crazy short of money due to reduced central government funding. This type of long-term repeatable revenue generation for BaNES is absolutely key unfortunately.

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