Creosote and pine

Good to see the cycle hoops going back outside the Guildhall after the weekend’s Remembrance Day parade.

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The High Street hoops are back. As you can see l did check to ensure the guys didn’t mind me taking a picture.

Though – despite the fact l was told there was a pile of hoops back at the depot – the men have only been told to replace those that were removed on Friday.

Other hoops – missing for months – are not being reinstated.

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Abbey Court Yard is rapidly filling.

Talking about things being installed. There is plenty of activity on Abbey Court Yard and in York Street with the erection of many of the wooden chalets that will make up this year’s Christmas Market.

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The Tourist Information Centre is hemmed in with chalets this year. Just as well the staff are in the process of moving to a new site around the corner in Bridgwater House. That’s on Terrace Walk.

‘Bigger and better than ever’ – says the website – with more than 200 stall holders selling handmade and local Christmas gifts.

Check it out via https://bathchristmasmarket.co.uk     It’s running from November 23rd to December 10th.

Meanwhile, while we’re talking about the Market, Pete Clark emailed me the following:

“Richard, I really appreciate the Newseum. Well done.

I know you have a justified bugbear about the cycle hoops outside the Guildhall.

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Plenty of holes being drilled over the years it would seem.

Take a look at the seating in Abbey Court Yard – which is also due for its annual removal. They always put it back with new fixings so the paving slabs are pockmarked with the remains of previous years fixings. This can’t go on, there must be a better way!

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Peter points out that when the benches come back they always use new fixings so the paving slabs are becoming pockmarked.

They always put it back with new fixings so the paving slabs are pockmarked with the remains of previous years fixings. This can’t go on, there must be a better way?
Keep up the best journalism in Bath!”

Thanks Pete. I missed the benches being moved. However, you can plainly see what you mean about ‘pockmarked’ fixings!

And more on public seating from Michael Pritchard who tells me:

“Apropos your post on seating… All the street seating in Southgate Street – between McDonalds and M&S – has been removed.

Rather than unscrewing the fixings though, they have been cut. So if the benches are replaced then new holes will have to be drilled.

Perhaps there is no intention to replace them. At least the removal will stop the groups of youngsters congregating outside McDonalds.”

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