Another side to Bath

The plight of the homeless and the impact on our city has concerned Bath Newseum regular David Kernek in a letter he has sent to B&NES Leader Cllr Tim Warren – and copied to this website.

I print it in full without comment. The images were taken by David Kernek.

Pictures Not Seen in Bath Life - Beds in Bath - New Bond St. December 30
“Pictures Not Seen in Bath Life – Beds in Bath – New Bond St. December 30” – says David Kernek.

Dear Councillor Warren,

I am sending these photographs, taken in the centre of Bath on December 30, to you with the hope that you would be interested and concerned.

Someone had been living – if it can be called living – in the doorway of 19 New Bond Street for at least a fortnight.

A tourist, passing as I took the New Bond Street picture, told me it was “disgusting”.

Upper Borough Walls - Dec 30
Upper Borough Walls – Dec 30. Image taken by David Kernek

Apart from the human misery such pictures evoke, it is clearly not a good look for a World Heritage Spa town or, as the Visit Bath describes it more than somewhat optimistically, “a unique, feel-good city.”


David Kernek

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