A chip off the old block

How was your Friday morning? A lot of mine was spent having a broken crown glued back in place in the hope it will stay together long enough for me to be able to afford to have it replaced. It better be strong glue!

Cycling through town reminded me of two things l haven’t yet passed by you lovely followers of Bath Newseum.

Pleased to say this fencing has now gone.

All the fencing is finally gone from alongside the repaired balustrade at Pulteney Bridge but things are still in a mess outside the Royal York Hotel in George Street where railings were knocked down in another road traffic incident.

With no apparent movement, after months and months of inactivity, l thought l would make a few inquiries. The property is managed by Savills – through their Bristol office – from where, following emails and phone messages, l finally got this statement.

“We have been having long discussions with B&NES on this already, so hopefully they have filled you in if you’ve been in touch with them.

We sourced railings for replacement after the impact damage last year; but we have since noted that the cappings and some areas of the wall were also damaged in the incident.

We are working with the Council to obtain necessary consents due to the listed status of the building and replace with like for like materials.”

Independently of this l have been chatting with a local councillor who told me:

“The current position is that the council is waiting for a listed building application for the works. Savills are preparing the application and I have been given the sense they are working to submit this.”

Getting permissions – and work underway – will certainly please Wagamama’s – the Asian food specialist restaurant – which leases space inside the building and is partially shielded by the shored up damaged fencing outside. A look that can’t be good for their business image.

The other issue takes us across the Green Park Station which is now ‘green’ by name and appearance as a protective green net is now positioned immediately below the arched glass and metal roof of the old station.

It’s obviously to stop any pieces of cracked glass from falling while Sainsbury’s – who lease this area – sort out what is to be down in terms of making the whole of these roof panes secure.