A suite of furniture designed by the world famous architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh is coming home to Bath – one hundred years after it first arrived.
Designed for the family home of Bath businessman and engineer Sidney Horstmann, the bedroom suite will be re-created in the Museum of Bath at Work as part of a special exhibition that that will run this summer from June to September.
Mackintosh designed the interior for the bedroom and also the furniture in a house that Sidney Horstmann lived in until 1935. His daughter Alison Dunmore was born in one of the beds designed by Mackintosh and had fond memories of growing up in the room, which was her own bedroom.
The Museum has been fortunate in gaining consent from the Victoria & Albert Museum to borrow the furniture for display—furniture that has not been seen for 50 years!
Progress so far:
We Need Your Help
But we still need financial support to meet the V&A loan costs, transport and insurance and construction of the room …and printing of the catalogue. The cost of the project is £10,000.
Please help this exciting venture—and enable the Museum to reach a new level in the field of regional Museums.
If you are able to assist with this project and would like to make a donation by cheque would you make the cheque payable to Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited and send to:
Museum of Bath at Work
Julian Road, BATH BA1 2RH
If you would like to make a payment by bank transfer the payment details are:
Bank name: Barclays Bank plc
Branch address: Southgate Street Bath
Sort Code: 20-05-06
Account No: 20141615
Account name: Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Director of the Museum of Bath at Work
I know l am an old dog with a bone, but what is it with dog owners and poop bags?
Walking up the slope from Grosvenor Bridge to the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath, with my partner, we counted EIGHT such ‘filled’ containers tossed to the side.
Having at least gone through the motions (forgive the pun) of picking their dog’s poop up – l cannot understand why the public exhibition of responsibility and care cannot extend to taking the contents as far as a bin to dispose of it.
I don’t own a dog and have no idea whether these bags are biodegradable. We are trying to take plastic out of the environment aren’t we?
While we’re up on the towpath can l take issue with the notices that have been erected regarding pedestrian priority. Simple little message regarding bikes ‘giving way’ to people and reducing speed.
Don’t quarrel with that at all but does priority also extend to dog walkers with their pets on or off the lead?
Those on an extendable lead give a cyclist a bit of a problem – when the cable lies across the footpath – while dogs OFF the lead is an obvious hazard – especially when the owner is ON their mobile phone.
And what about joggers? Quite a few of those too in Bath, what with its noble reputation for organised road events. Should a cyclist stop to wave them by?
The idea of sharing this safe route into town is all a bit half-hearted. There is no effort to encourage cyclists off the London Road and onto this canal-side pathway into Bath.
Tarmac with one side painted green for cyclists would have been a much better idea and, l am sorry, but dogs should be under proper control and on a lead.
Shared spaces don’t work but, if there is going to be any real peace amongst the towpath users, everyone must take responsibility for their actions.
PS. It really is time the rubbish bin at the London Road end of Grosvenor Bridge was replaced.
The bottom is rusted through. This is a busy old litter bin, as the canal folk come down to put their waste in it too!
The Bath City Forum is looking for three new co-opted members.
In August 2015 Bath & North East Somerset Council established The Bath City Forum to improve engagement with local residents, businesses and other organisations and to address specific city-wide issues and priorities.
The Forum works to be advisory and consultative but currently holds no delegated decision-making powers. As well as elected councillors from Bath wards of Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Forum also co-opts up to 13 members who demonstrate a willingness to work in partnership to support the aims of Forum. Co-opted members have voting rights on the Forum.
There are currently three vacancies for co-opted members to join the forum. Being a member of the Forum is an opportunity to feed into the Council the views of the city of Bath.
The Forum meets at least three times a year with extra events and working groups as agreed by the Forum. The Forum works with relevant Cabinet members and Officers and reports back both to the Forum and Cabinet as required.
Councillor Bob Goodman, Chairman of the Bath City Forum, said: “The Bath City Forum is a key voice representing the views of residents, community and business networks, so we are keen to hear from talented and enthusiastic people who will help us share information on important issues to Bath & North East Somerset Council. Anyone who thinks they have something to bring to the Forum is encouraged to apply.”
What the role entails
Co-opted membership of the Bath City Forum is a voluntary role which will contribute to the life of the city and its residents. The role description is set out below:
To attend and participate fully in at least three Forum meetings a year
To engage in other events and working groups that may be arranged to follow up on specific actions or themes
Outside of meetings, to act as a conduit between the work of the Forum to residents’, community and business networks
To collaborate with other Forum members in gaining a shared understanding of issues facing the city and potential solutions
To take the lead on specific actions and themes determined by the Forum
To identify areas for innovation and improvement and to work with others to help deliver agreed projects
To champion the City and the work of the Forum
To bring any specialist expertise, knowledge, experience and networks to the work of the Forum
Support will be provided to Forum members, including induction and online resources. Co-opted membership will initially be for one year with the option to extend.
Co-opted members will be required to meet standards set out in the relevant code of conduct, for example relating to declaration of interests.
How to apply
To apply for this role, please complete and return the application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday, March 2nd.
Applications will be assessed by a panel from the Bath City Forum using the Person Specification for the role.
For any other enquiries from members of the public, please contact Mark Hayward on 01225 396975.
Further information about the Bath City Forum, the application form and the Terms of Reference are available at the Bath City Forum website http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/neighbourhoods-and-community-safety/connecting-communities/bath-city-forum
More information is available by following the Bath City Forum on Twitter: @bath_forum.
The 789th Mayor of Bath (Councillor Paul Crossley) is searching for his Citizen of the Year, who must live in Bath, work here, or belong to a group based in the City.
The Mayor said, ‘A large percentage of the engagements in the Mayoral year involve me meeting an enormous number of individuals who are dedicated to giving their time freely to help others in the City. This Award is a public way of acknowledging these achievements and contributions. I look forward to receiving the nominations as I am sure that most people will know someone whose service to the community at large should be recognised.”
If you know of anyone who deserves an award for their long-term voluntary work or a specific extremely noteworthy act, please complete a nomination form, which is available from the Mayor’s Office at the Guildhall, by emailing email@example.com or from web site http://www.mayorofbath.co.uk. Nominations must be returned by 9.00am on Monday 20 March 2017.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is looking for foster homes for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Councils across England have agreed with the Government to take a set number of children. Bath & North East Somerset Council will take 23 young people over the next two years.
Most of the children will come from Afghanistan, Albania, Iraq and Eritrea with some from Syria. The children will need to be placed in caring foster homes.
Councillor Michael Evans (Conservative, Midsomer Norton North), Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “We are all aware of unaccompanied children fleeing from Syria and desperately in need of homes. We as a Council want to do what we can to help some of these young people who have been left traumatised after living in war zones, being trafficked across Europe at the mercy of people smugglers, physically and sexually assaulted, separated from their families and the death and serious injury of family and friends.
“We have already welcomed eight Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) to Bath and North East Somerset and we are committed to providing caring homes for a further 15 children over the next two years. But we need help from existing foster carers and those who are thinking about becoming foster carers.
“As a result of the distress and trauma experienced these young people may display challenging behaviour and so will need foster carers who have the skills needed to help them settle and feel secure to help them live comfortably in the UK and begin to access the skilled help they will need to start to deal with their traumas.”
Most of the asylum seeking young people needing foster homes, are male and aged 14 and over.
Helping to change lives for the better
Samul* came from Albania in 2015. He already spoke some English and quickly improved. He is now about to sit his GCSEs and is predicted As and A*s. He plans to attend sixth form and university as he aspires to work in medicine.
Foster carer, Keith Gittens, said: “A young man from Syria stayed with us until he was 18 in late 2013. He then moved in to his own flat. This was a very rewarding placement and four years later he still visits weekly, for a chat or a meal, he calls my wife his mother in the UK.”
Haydar* is Kurdish. When he arrived in mid-2016 he spoke only a small amount of English and has had difficulties with cultural differences, especially around school behaviour. However, he is a very receptive learner and is starting to adapt his behaviour, he is working on improving his English as he would like to be a mechanic.
The Bath and North East Somerset Virtual School offers extra help to students who are learning English and there is also lots of emotional support available to these young people and their carers. Keith said: “The biggest difficulty is that the boys come to us when they are around 15 to 16 years old. This gives them around three years to leave school speaking English and with enough qualifications to either go to college or get an apprenticeship, some will make it to university.
“Whatever these children aspire to, you as the carer need to put in the work through encouragement and pushing them on to achieve as the window of opportunity is very short. As a carer you’re relied on to support these children and you will get all the rewards you ever wanted from fostering a child.”
Most foster carers have suggested that UASC settle well and are happy to have someone they can rely on and a sense of certainty after so much uncertainty.
Keith added: “When it comes to respecting us and the home, they are always very respectful, they treat my wife as they would their own mother, they carry her shopping bags, do the washing up, take out the rubbish and keep their bedrooms spotless.”
Fostering gives you the chance to see a young person’s progression and help them with a life change. One foster carer said that “fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children is challenging, but really rewarding.”
How you can help improve a child’s life
There has already been a noted push of people wanting to help, with organisations such as Bath Welcomes Refugees showing just how welcoming and caring those in Bath and North East Somerset are.
Anyone interested in caring for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children will need to be a fully assessed foster carer. There is no national or local scheme enabling you to be a short term ‘host’ family; anyone interested in caring for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) needs to be approved as a general foster carer.
Anyone who would like to care for UASC will need to become a foster carer and complete the extra necessary training designed to prepare for and help UASC.
Councillor Evans said: “We hope that anyone who wishes to foster asylum seeking childrenUASC would also be open to fostering B&NES children in Bath and North East Somerset whilst they wait for and prepare for UASC.”
Pete Campbell, Service Manager, Care Outcomes, said: “I’m confident there are many households in this area who could help us meet the challenge to provide homes for young people who no longer have safe, stable and loving homes in their home countries. I would like to invite you to work with us in our Children’s Services Team and our colleagues in education, health and community groups to provide the very best care and opportunities for this group of young people.”
If you would like to find out more about fostering UASC, a special information session is being held on Wednesday 22 February, 6-8pm, at 117 Newbridge Hill, Bath. Please call the Bath & North East Somerset Council Family Placement Team on 01225 394949 to book your place and for more information about fostering and UASC fostering.
*The names have been changed to protect the identities of the children and young people
Conservatives in Bath & North East Somerset have slammed attempts by opposition councillors to put a stop to what they describe as a much-needed improvement to Bath’s transport infrastructure.
The criticism comes following the decision of Lib Dem councillors, together with three Labour Councillors and one Green councillor, to launch a formal challenge of plans to progress Bath’s long-discussed Eastern Park & Ride by calling-in the Cabinet’s decision of a preferred Park & Ride site.
Reacting to the call-in, Councillor Anthony Clarke (Cons, Lansdown) said:
“In all the years the Lib Dems ran the Council, they failed to take any meaningful action to improve traffic and transport in the city. So it’s a shame that, alongside Labour and Green Councillors, the Lib Dems are now trying to block any attempts to deliver much-needed improvements to Bath’s transport infrastructure.
“For too long, Bath has been let down by stop-start projects and a lack of investment in its transport infrastructure.
“That’s why, in 2014, councillors from all political parties came together and agreed upon a comprehensive Transport Strategy for Bath that included new and expanded Park & Ride provision. It’s therefore disappointing that Labour and the Lib Dems have decided to abandon working cross-party for the long-term good of the city and have instead returned to opposing much-needed investment in Bath’s transport infrastructure.
“The Lib Dems’ latest stance is particularly surprising given the significant amount of time and money they spent on the project when they were running the Council.”
Commenting on the need for an East of Bath Park & Ride, Councillor Tim Warren added:
“A new eastern Park & Ride is an important part of our wider plan to improve transport, tackle congestion and support the growth of our local economy.
“We have followed a robust process to assess the need and demand for an eastern Park & Ride, and looked exhaustively at all the various site options in deciding upon our preferred site. We have taken on board all the comments received, and will go to great lengths to ensure the Park & Ride is sensitive to its surroundings and screened from view.
“Bath is set to see significant economic growth in the coming years, but with these new jobs will come increased traffic unless action is taken now. Alongside other measures such as improved rail services, more cycling provision, and an A36-A46 link road, an eastern Park & Ride will play an important role in helping address Bath’s well-known transport issues.
“It’s for these reasons the Park & Ride has received wide support from local business organisations, residents associations and transport groups.”
Background to the East of Bath Park & Ride:
The need for an East of Bath Park & Ride has been identified for over twenty years, with numerous reports, studies and consultations undertaken over this time.
Prior to the local elections in May 2015, the Council’s then Liberal Democrat administration actively promoted the building of a ‘rail-based’ Park & Ride on the Bathampton Meadows (Site H) – and even spent taxpayer’s money purchasing a property on the land, despite this site being judged unfeasible due to costs, engineering and its location within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
(Site ‘H’ – p.31-41 http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/sitedocuments/Planning-and-Building-Control/Planning-Policy/Evidence-Base/Transport/bath_eastern_pr_sites_options_2013.pdf)
In November 2014 all parties on the Council voted to approve the ‘Getting Around Bath Transport Strategy’, which included new and expanded Park & Ride provision as one of the key measures to manage traffic growth.
In March 2016 the Council’s Communities, Transport & Environment PD&S panel held a ‘Scrutiny Inquiry Day’ to look at the issue of transport to the east of Bath, with the Cabinet accepting all except one of the panel’s six recommendations.
A total of 21 potential sites for the Park & Ride were investigated by the Council’s cross-party Local Development Framework (LDF) Steering Group – work which formed the basis for the final officer recommendation of either Site B or F.
Evidence on the need for an East of Bath Park & Ride:
Exhaustive studies and consultant reports have been undertaken on the need and demand for an East of Bath Park & Ride – all of which conclude that a new Park & Ride would be well-used and needed to support the economic growth of the city. They also conclude that without a new Park & Ride traffic congestion in Bath will be worse in the years ahead.
11,000 new jobs are set to be created in Bath by 2035, with the number of people coming in and out of Bath set to rise from 73,000 a day to 96,000 a day by 2029.
Despite being recently expanded, Bath’s three existing Park & Rides reach an average of 63% full Monday-Saturday, and are predicted to reach capacity in the years ahead as traffic continues to grow.
A 2016 report for B&NES Council by transport consultants Mott Macdonald on the proposals for an East of Bath Park & Ride stated that:
‘It can be concluded that in the context of Bath, Park and Ride intercepts motorists, many of whom would otherwise drive into the central area in search of a parking space and adding to congestion. Hence Park and Ride reduces car kilometres travelled and the vehicle emissions associated with those journeys.’
Based upon detailed modelling of future traffic movements within Bath, a further report by Mott Macdonald also concludes that, in relation to building an East of Bath Park & Ride:
‘Both DS [Do Something] scenarios are also predicted to have some significant impact in reducing traffic on London Road west, the reduction ranges between 5% and 10% across different time periods.’
And Mott also state that: ‘…reducing peak traffic by a relatively small amount will be effective in addressing congestion.’
Another traffic modelling report undertaken in November 2014 by transport consultants CH2M on the measures proposed within the Getting Around Bath Transport Strategy concluded:
‘Whilst modest expansions assumed to the existing capacities at the Odd Down and Lansdown sites will clearly contribute, the largest potential for car trip abstraction will be a site to the ‘East of Bath’. In all the EA tests undertaken the potential reductions to existing traffic achievable on the A4 London Road and Bathwick Street with this proposed facility in place gives positive decongestion benefits to this part of the network. This is because the existing traffic reduction effect is likely to outweigh any increased traffic impact on this corridor due to the EA developments. The results suggest that the operation of the highway network is likely to be severely compromised if development in the EA proceeds apace, but the implementation of a new P&R site on the east site of Bath is unavoidably delayed due to continuing uncertainty over the actual location, or as a result of this not built at all.’
(Page 7.2 http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/sitedocuments/Planning-and-Building-Control/Planning-Policy/Evidence-Base/Transport/bath_ea_transport_strategy_technical_report.pdf)
On the issue of ‘suppressed demand’, Mott Macdonald conclude:
‘It is acknowledged that the road capacity freed up by motorists using Park and Ride could be filled over time. However, Park and Ride functions best in combination with other measures designed to reduce the attraction of driving into the city centre to park.’
Political Assistant, Conservative Group
Bath and North East Somerset Council
There has been much opposition to the proposals – including a major demo outside the Guildhall while Cabinet made its decision.
A message – and point of view – from Bob Draper…..
‘Come on Bathonians – Get out your angle grinders & welding torches….!
Having seen someone almost swept off their feet on the lower pavement on the north side of George St. by the front overhang of a tourist bus coming up from Queen Square I wondered who controls these behemoths of Bath’s narrow streets?
Is it the local council or the Traffic Commissioners?
At every corner & junction these gargantuans of the tourist trade have to stop and wait for opposing traffic to clear so that they can swing out on tho opposite side of the road in order to make the corner. there is an irony in the in the winter months that the load factors are often so low a Smart car would be sufficient!
For the sake of pedestrian safety maybe buses should fitted with some of these:
Maybe Bath Newseum readers would like to suggest what would be a suitable size of vehicle for Bath’s clogged arteries’?
Bob Draper, Bath.