B&NES on the racks

Come off it B&NES. This is deprivation by stealth. Every time the bike rack hoops are removed for the annual Remembrance Day Parade a couple less are returned to their rightful place outside the Guildhall.

When l first came to Bath – eight years ago – there were hoops either side of the main entrance. Now we are down to just three on the Covered Market side of the steps.

Three racks remain and no one has bothered to take off the plastic clips that originally held the notices announcing their removal for the Remembrance Parade !!!!

How you can bang on about Clean Air Zones and encouraging people to walk and cycle and – at the same time – reduce the means of parking your bike, is beyond me.

There were five hoops before they were removed. Only three have gone back!

Put them back now!

On a more positive note – as l had to pop up to the RUH this morning – pleased to see what progress is being made on constructing the new Mineral Water Hospital to the right of the main hospital entrance.

The new Min taking shape.

The NHS have to vacate their existing historical site – in Upper Borough Walls – by the end of next year. The Grade 2 listed building has been sold for development – not once but twice! We await the proposals for putting the historic complex to a new use.

How the new Min – officially The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – will look when completed.

A pat on the back for all the artists whose work is currently lining many of  the corridors at the RUH. Real talent and a great way of brightening up both the place and your feelings in surroundings that for many spell out anxious times.

Art at the RUH.

Finally l have solved the mystery of the new pathway that has been created from the residential redevelopment of the old MOD site on the Warminster Road.

I noticed that – at the bottom end – where the site meets the left bank of the Kennet and Avon Canal – a pathway to the water’s edge had appeared.

The new pathway down to the Canal.

I was wondering if the Cleveland Pools Trust had persuaded the developers to put a new pedestrian bridge over the canal which would have linked with their site.

Sorry  to disappoint – it turns out to be all connected with the residential development work at Holburne Park.

A spokesperson for the developers told Bath Museum:

‘Actually, this opening is just the outfall which is the controlled surface water drainage into the canal.’

So there we have it. A bridge too far.


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