Bath MP wants more radical solution to transport and pollution woes.

Bath MP wants more radical solution to transport and pollution woes.

Bath MP Wera Hobhouse took her ‘surgery session’ out on the streets of the city today in an effort to drum up public support for a conference she is organising about Bath’s transport and pollution problems.

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It’s being held at the Komedia in West Gate Street on Saturday, June 9th – is free to enter – and she hopes will be well supported.

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Wera, who is about to celebrate her first year as Member of Parliament for Bath, wants to make her mark by helping to find a way of cutting the city’s dreadful Nitrogen Dioxide levels.

You can discover more about the B&NES proposals for improving the city centre air by following this link:

London Road latest.

London Road latest.

The very latest on those expensive ‘designed-to-rust’ planters on the London Road.


Will the planters now be allowed to stay?

After all the fuss about a three-year-old audit – warning of sight issues for people coming out of side roads –  it seems another inspection confirms that all but one of the artist- embellished containers will have to move slightly.


Seems they are an obstruction in their present positions.

The ‘one’ singled out will have to go completely and could end up in a local park.

B &NES has to talk to adjacent traders  – and the utilities about underground access – before confirming the adjustment but – if all goes to plan – the containers could be ‘handed over’ to the care of the local community very soon

They are an important addition to that stretch of the London Road – which already looks much better for the central reservation trees.


Blooming lovely – but no bridge?

Blooming lovely – but no bridge?

Good to see a mass of bright red poppies and blue cornflowers blooming on part of the reshaped riverbank opposite the old converted warehouses lining this part of the Avon.


These newly created walkways are a bonus part of a flood prevention scheme to increase the river’s capacity and prevent flooding of nearby properties.


It’s tied in with a newly built flood prevention wall on the other side.


It’s a shame the wildflowers don’t bloom all the way up to the Churchill Bridge end. It’s more a case of nettles here but l do have to say the newly planted trees are already looking fantastic.IMG_8210

While we’re down at Broad Quay – destined for office and residential development – can’t help wondering what has happened to the new pedestrian bridge promised for this area.


Work was due to start in January but no sign of any activity yet.

Since this story was published, l have noted the following remark on Twitter!

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That’s much better!

That’s much better!

It’s good to report the telephone box at the bottom of Gravel Walk has been put back together again. I presume by BT?

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All the missing glass panels have been restored.

My thanks to Bary Gilbertson – the Chairman of the Circus Area Residents Association – for getting this noticed by the right people.


It really was a sorry sight to see. How proud we were of our red telephone boxes at one time.

Bath Newseum had reported on its poor and vandalised condition.


While we are in that area – still waiting for someone to clean the tree sap and dust off the information board just inside the ‘free to enter’ Georgian Garden at Number 4 The Circus. Accessed off the Gravel Walk!

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My thanks to Jenny Noad for these pictures – taken in The Circus yesterday.


Photo. Jenny Noad.

Jenny writes: “Interesting to see that beautiful, infamous Plane trees in the Circus are having their health check-up. Thankfully, they are thriving and well! 


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They are the biggest trees in Bath, are great for absorbing pollution from the City.  The tree surgeon told me he thinks they are about 200 years old!”

Step in the right direction

Step in the right direction

Well, the good news coming out of the newly-restyled Saw Close is that those new and ‘dangerous’ steps now bear a white strip on the edge of each tread and even some railings to mark where they are – and for people to use!


White edges and rails in the background.

I recently sent an email to Mr Alan Hope – who is CEO of the Midas Group – the company responsible for the scheme to build a boutique hotel, casino and restaurant as part of a new look for that historic area.

B&NES also helped with the newly re-surfaced space but told Bath Newseum that they had fenced off the offending steps and informed the developers of the problem.


Bike racks and rows of benches ‘litter’ the open space.

That now does seem to be being addressed but l was also critical of what –  l think – is a wasted opportunity in this part of Bath.

As l have not heard from Mr Hope – and l sent a reminder – l will publish my email to him in full.

“Dear Mr Hope,

I am a journalist with a daily blog called and have recently had reason to mention the dangerous steps that have been incorporated into Bath’s Saw Close development which – l understand – your group has done.
B&NES tell me they have ‘drawn the developer’s attention’ to the steps – down which several people have told me they have fallen. They are now fenced off.
Some people – including my blog – are critical of the way the new space has been maximised. While there is no criticism of your building work, some feel the space in front of it could have been made more of.
 While bike stands and seats are useful it is a shame the space couldn’t have had a water feature – or at least a tree – instead of rows of benches and parked bikes.
I see you managed to install a lovely water feature behind the Winter Gardens in my hometown of Weston-super-Mare.
I would be grateful for a comment – or even an interview. I shoot video as well.”
I don’t know if followers of this website agree with me or not.
Museum of Bath Architecture announces photo competition.

Museum of Bath Architecture announces photo competition.

Architectural Photographer of the Year 2018

Architecture is all around us; virtually everywhere we go there is some kind of building, structure or space.

Photography is now the most accessible format of recording our lives especially with the development of the smartphone.

The Museum of Bath Architecture is exploring the intrinsic link between Architecture and Photography and the way in which people engage in the built environment through photos.

As such we want to see how others interpret buildings and man-made structures.


Image: Photographer Tim Beale. #timble30

The competition has two main categories:

1. Open Architecture (split into Adult & Junior sections) looking at photography of architecture taken anywhere in the world. Be bold, be creative!

2. The city of Bath UK. Open to all ages this category looks at the wonderful architecture of this World Heritage Site City.

The top ten selected images will be printed and framed for display at the 2019 exhibition at the Museum of Bath Architecture; after the exhibition, these will be offered to the successful entrants. Prizes will be awarded to first place winners from each category.

Entry £5 per image for adults, £3 per image for juniors.

Entries open online 31 May and close on 1 November 2018

More info via