All change on the rubbish front.

All change on the rubbish front.

 

Bathonians are being asked to look out for leaflets that will be posted to homes during the week beginning August 28th explaining how rubbish collections are changing from November 6th.

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In a press release B&NES explains that this four page leaflet will

  • tell you more about what is changing and why
  • suggest how best to sort your recycling boxes to make space in your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag
  • include some frequently asked questions
  • list additional services we offer to help you.

What is changing and why?

From 6 November Bath & North East Somerset Council will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly. The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week.  The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.

Find out your container allocation

In March we sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let you know what container you had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle  or contact Council Connect.

If you have a query with your allocation please contact Council Connect.  Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.

If you need to change your allocation, please contact Council Connect waste enquiry line on 01225 39 40 00. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request.  In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection.  If we agree to issue an alternative container, we will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.

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What happens next?

From 25 September to early November– we will deliver the wheeled bins or re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front edge of your property or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.

Please:

  • do not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6 November
  • continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts
  • put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6 November

Your bin or re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including how to use your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag collection, your 2017-2018 collection calendar (please check to see if your collection day will change from 6 November) and  Christmas collection information.

Getting ready for the new service

  • Please make sure you recycle all you can, including your food waste. You can order extra free recycling containers atwww.bathnes.gov.uk/orderacontainer
  • If you prefer, you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.
  • Check our website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs we have on our website www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
  • Visit one of our roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/roadshows for details and check on our website to find out where our display wheeled bins are.
  • We are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste.  We are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price) www.bathnes.gov.uk/realnappies
  • Resident’s packs – we are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly when the new service starts.
  • Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes to receive updates and tips.

 

Don’t move the library.

Don’t move the library.

The following was sent by email from a ‘BRSLI member’

‘The Bath Central Library is under threat of closure, with just a part of the service being still available, at Manvers Street.

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Possible view of the new library set up.

This will mean not just the loss of a library in which to sit and read (the reading room will go), but the loss of a space for Bath residents living on the North side (BA1) in which they are able to browse and look at books physically since the shelf space will also be drastically reduced.

It is up to the residents of Bath to fight for their library and have it stay in its current central and accessible place, so please leave your comments on the feedback forms available in the library.’

A Corridor in time.

A Corridor in time.

Jean Pile writes from Bear Flat in Bath:

‘I was interested to see The Corridor mentioned recently. I remember it well when I was growing up in Bath – a very busy arcade with lots of well attended shops.

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The Corridor in Bath

 

The most prominent one was Hatts a large, very smart hairdresser’s, taking up quite a continuous space on the left of the Corridor walking from the Guildhall end.

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Northumberland Place.

Northumberland Place, by comparison in those days – the 1950s/60s – was a fairly ordinary street, quite the opposite to the Corridor. There was a plant shop at one end with W.H. Smith at the other, now Patisserie Valerie as mentioned.’

Nominations wanted for Community Awards

Nominations wanted for Community Awards

Nominations for The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Community Awards have officially opened.

The awards, recognise volunteers, community leaders, community organisations, carers and local businesses for the positive impact they make on others and the wider community.

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Chair of B&NES, Cllr Cherry Beath.

Council Chair, Cllr Cherry Beath, may identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.

Cllr Beath said: “I am delighted to promote these important awards, Nominations are open until Friday 1st December. From those nominations I will then identify one or more individuals or groups to receive an award.

“I am grateful to the organisations working with me including The Volunteer Centre, Bath and beyond, social housing provider Curo, the Student Community Partnership (universities in Bath), and Sirona care & health, and we welcome Virgin Care as a new Partner for this year’s awards. There are so many outstanding groups and individuals working in our Community, and they are all to be applauded.”

Nominations are open until Friday 1st December, the Chair will then identify one or more individuals or groups to receive an award.

The Awards are organised annually in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Bath and beyond; social housing provider Curo; the Student Community Partnership (involving the University of Bath and Bath Spa University students unions) and Sirona care & health.  The Chair is also delighted to welcome a new partner for this year’s Awards, Virgin Care.

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  • Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year
  • Volunteer Team or Organisation of the Year/ Young Volunteer Team or Organisation of the Year
  • Good Neighbour of the Year / Neighbourhood Team of the Year / Young Neighbour or Young Neighbourhood Team of the Year
  • Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year
  • The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement

Category 2 – Business in the Community Award

This award will recognise a socially responsible business which actively supports its local community in positive activities.

The Chair may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.

Julie Thallon, Interim Managing Director at Virgin Care, said: “We are delighted to be a partner for the Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Chair’s Community Awards in recognition of the invaluable contribution that volunteers and community champions make in improving and developing their local communities.”

Mike Plows, Volunteer Centre, said: “Being a part of the Awards again this year is a great honour.  We have so many inspirational people in our community that give up their time to help and support others, it is a wonderful opportunity to recognise their efforts, talents and commitment.”

Simon Knighton, Chairman of Sirona care & health, said: “We are delighted to continue our association with these awards which recognise some of the fantastic work going on in our communities.  Our services in Bath and North East Somerset – Residential Homes, extra care schemes and our Community Equipment service – benefit hugely from being a part of their local communities and see daily many acts of great kindness that make a big difference to individuals.”

Vanessa Collier, Community Development Manager at Curo, said: “Curo is delighted to be a partner in recognising the outstanding work of individuals and groups volunteering their time and expertise out in our local communities across Bath & North East Somerset, we should be extremely proud and honoured of each and every one who is nominated.”

Peter Lambert, Chair of the Student Community Partnership said: “The Chair’s Awards are an excellent initiative that rewards contributions to the local community. The recipients are an inspiring example to others and should be proud of their achievements.”

Full details and nomination forms are available online at:

www.bathnes.gov.uk/communityawards

Alternatively, you can email Strategy_performance@bathnes.gov.uk, call 01225 396594 or write to The Chair’s Office, Bath & North East Somerset Council, The Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW. The deadline for nominations is Friday 1st December, 2017.

 

How do you want B&NES wards re-drawn?

How do you want B&NES wards re-drawn?

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the council area.

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The current wards within B&NES

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 59 councillors in the future: six fewer than the current arrangements.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Bath and North East Somerset to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 59 councillors.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Bath and North East Somerset.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Bath and North East Somerset. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Bath and North East Somerset, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Bath and North East Somerset or just a small part of the council area.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in December.”

Local people have until 2 October to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org.ukand www.lgbce.org.uk.

 

 

Time to take speed out of our hands?

Time to take speed out of our hands?

Do speed limits work? B&NES – along with many other local authorities – got itself caught up in the zeigest of 20 mph restrictions in urban areas. The little round discs have gone up everywhere and basically been ignored.

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Come and watch them speed up and down the Gloucester Road to the A46 link – or tremble in fear as vans wizz through St Saviour’s Road in Larkhall as you try and keep out of their way on a  broken and slanting strip of neglected pavement.

Our local authority says it will wait for the results of a national transport study on their effectiveness before deciding on a next move.  Whether to keep them, reduce the number of signs or scrap them altogether.

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It has always struck me as a strange that the onus has always been on the driver to heed the warning signs and/or be aware of speed and conditions in relation to the world outside of his/her mechanical bubble.

I have noticed the growth of those electronic flashing signs – usually powered by a solar cell – that flash your speed and ask you to reduce it.

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We either heed the warning or ignore it – but here maybe is where it is time to take the decision taking away from the irresponsible driver and give it – instead – to the sign.

Why don’t governments come together and insist upon motor manufacturers installing an intelligent ‘speed inhibitor’ into every vehicle that leaves the production line.

Install a device on road speed signs that sends a signal to the car and makes it comply with the speed limit. Basically overriding the driver’s right to comply or ignore.

Just think of the dramatic fall in road casualties. The reduction of multi-pile-ups and jams on our motorways. All this and the prospect of driverless cars that will stick to the limits regardless.

Technically it must be possible to do such a thing – but I can imagine the outcry. The effect on the sale of ‘little boys’ toys’ – the expensive multi-cylindered, sleek and throaty, gaudy-coloured monsters of the sports car and saloon world.

How dare they – the authorities – tell us what to do! It’s been great – in the sepia-coloured memories of the ‘old days’ – to talk about personal liberties and – in this case – the freedom of the open road – but the world doesn’t work like that anymore.

For homo sapiens to survive we have to start pulling together. Global warming, over population, destruction of the natural world, elimination of other species, nuclear war, famine, disease….. None of these threats to our continued existence – and that of this planet – can be faced without us coming together to take international action.

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No doubt such intelligent road signs would be treated with the same contempt as speed cameras. Cut down, shot or set alight! But you wouldn’t need speed cameras anymore to punish you for ignoring the limit.

Come to think of it – maybe there is the technology to use satellites – or police drones – to watch us all and cut our speed by way of signals sent to that limiting device under the bonnet.

Time for us all to stop being Mr Toad – the character from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Remember when a speeding motor car rushes by his horse-drawn caravan on that fictional open road that he, Ratty and Mole were traversing?

“It was on them! The “Poop-poop” rang with a brazen shout in their ears, they had a moment’s glimpse of an interior of glittering plate-glass and rich morocco, and the magnificent motor-car, immense, breath-snatching, passionate, with its pilot tense and hugging his wheel, possessed all earth and air for the fraction of a second, flung an enveloping cloud of dust that blinded and enwrapped them utterly, and then dwindled to a speck in the far distance, changed back into a droning bee once more.”

The horse bolted. The caravan upturned in a ditch. Toad – suitably dazed and sitting – outstretched – in the middle of the road. Uninjured and mesmerised by what has just sped past them.

“And to think I never knew!” went on the Toad in a dreamy monotone. “All those wasted years that lie behind me, I never knew, never even dreamt! But now—but now that I know, now that I fully realise! O what a flowery track lies spread before me, henceforth! What dust-clouds shall spring up behind me as I speed on my reckless way! “

We don’t live in such a great work of fiction. Time to face reality.

 

 

Where do you want the Central Library to go?

Where do you want the Central Library to go?

 

Looks like our last chance coming up to have any influence on where Bath’s Central Library moves to.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in Bath.

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Having said that – they only offer a choice of two sites –  and say that leaving the library where it is would rob them of a saving of £400,000 a year.

A press release states: “The aim is to combine library and customer services in Bath to reach more people from all ages and backgrounds, providing a place where everyone in the community can access support, knowledge, culture and events to help them reach their full potential.  At the same time, integrating these services in Bath will help save up to £400,000 a year as part of the Council’s wider Modern Libraries programme, which is expected to save a total of £800,000 a year.

The Council has been listening to the views of the community and is now consulting on the location of the joined up service. It has identified two viable locations from the five original options that can deliver the full range of library and One Stop Shop services. These are Lewis House in Manvers Street and The Podium in Northgate Street.

As part of developing the business case the Council looked at five options for the location – doing nothing, integrating in a purpose-built facility, integrating at Lewis House, integrating in The Podium and integrating in The Guildhall. The remaining three options have been fully assessed and ruled out due to a combination of lack of availability, high cost or building constraints and access.

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The Cabinet has met and approved the next phase of the consultation process and we are keen for as many people as possible to give us their feedback. I am pleased that we have been able to put forward a choice to residents for the location of a combined Library and One Stop Shop, both of which can deliver a full range of library and One Stop Shop services.

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Cllr Warren added: “Whilst other Councils are closing libraries, we are looking for innovative ways to protect our library service and put it onto a sustainable long-term footing whilst at the same time delivering the savings we need to make.

“By integrating our Library and One Stop Shop services we can both improve the service we offer residents and ensure it is sustainable for the future. Integrating these services in Bath will help save up to up to £400,000 a year whilst protecting and enhancing all the services residents value. Alongside the integration of the Midsomer Norton Library and our wider Modern Libraries programme, this will help us save £800,000 a year whilst safeguarding this valued service.

“The consultation runs for just over eight weeks to ensure that as many residents as possible have time to respond. At this stage, no decisions have been made on the location of the new service. Once the final location has been agreed, we will ask a cross section of the community to work with us on developing the design so that it meets the needs of users of both services.”

The Council will be working with a cross section of the community to improve the inclusivity of the service and encourage many people particularly from lower incomes, who traditionally make less use of library facilities, to come forward to make increasing use of the library.

The consultation, a full comparison of the two locations and the business case is available online via the Council’s website www.bathnes.gov.uk/modernlibrary and copies are available in all libraries and One Stop Shops throughout Bath and North East Somerset.

 

The consultation will run from Thursday 20 July until Friday 15 September.

 

The benefits of an integrated service

A combined service gives visitors convenient access to a wide range of useful services, including library services, Council customer services, and the services provided by our partner and voluntary organisations, in one well-designed, modern space, supported by free  Wi-Fi and up-to-date PCs and technology.

The proposals include plenty of books on shelves for borrowing and great spaces for children’s activities, cultural events and exhibitions.

The final design will depend on the outcome of the consultations but the vision for the integration of services is both physical and cultural:

  • A single integrated safe space providing access to information, support and signposting for the whole community
  • A place providing digital access and encouraging digital literacy with self-service facilities and free use of computers for training or self-use.
  • Books and other items for borrowing to increase literacy and encourage the love of reading
  • Spaces for workshops, events and exhibitions for cultural and creative enrichment
  • Safe dedicated areas for children, young people and families for reading, study and play
  • Experienced staff on hand, as well as partner, voluntary and third sector organisations, to help people find the services they need and improve their well-being
  • Comfortable spaces for reading, study or working, helping everyone achieve their full potential through learning and access to information.”