Dog-gone!

Dog-gone!

What is it about all these ‘offerings’ being made to the “Dog Poo Fairy?”

I cycle through Sydney Gardens on a regular basis. Last week there was a bagged bundle just inside the  Sydney Road entrance. It disappeared in time but there was another one in its place today.

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A little offering – just inside the park entrance.

It’s not as though the park doesn’t contain doggie poo bins – because it does and most dog owners use it.

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Today’s ‘offering’ in roughly the same place.

I never blame a dog for misdemeanours. After all, it’s the owner who has to take responsibility.

It’s a shame some parts of Sydney Gardens have just become a playground for dogs off their leads. Even the poor old spring daffodils have been taking a battering from our four-legged friends running wild.

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Trampled daffs!

Here’s hoping this historic green lung gets its HLF money and its supporters are able to transform it into a revitalised playground with allocated space for all.

Sydney Gardens gives you access to the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Turn left towards open countryside and you are in for a real treat.

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The snow has gone now and the canalside looks even worse!

Shame the Canal and River Trust has no real teeth to deal with some of those actually floating on the canal.

Not for me to say how you live your lives but when your rubbish despoils and destroys the canal verge – where others living in tents have also lit fires – it’s time to move on.

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The grit bag is full of rubbish – and there’s a pile of black bags alongside it now!

Never mind the dog poo fairy, here’s a bag of towpath grit being used as a general rubbish dump!

l feel for the responsible users of this amazing heritage and for the volunteers who do all they can to maintain it.

Tap us up!

Tap us up!

About 50 Bath businesses have so far signed up for a water bottle refill scheme to help cut down on the use of single-use plastic bottles.

Refill is a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street.IMG_7319

Bath and North East Somerset Council is supporting the Refill scheme and its café at the One Stop shop in Lewis House, in Manvers Street, is the first council venue to be added as a refill station.

Meanwhile, stickers are appearing in the local shops and cafes promoting the scheme which also uses an app to help you find the Refill Stations and collect reward points every time you refill.

Refill Bath co-ordinator Vipul Patel, is working with volunteers to promote the campaign aimed at reducing plastic pollution and promoting health hydration by making refilling a bottle of water easy.

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Saw this poster in Rosarios in Northumberland Place .

Recycling your bottles is good but reducing the number you use is even better – here in the UK an estimated 800 plastic bottles a minute are either ending up in landfill or as litter, which too often makes its way into our waterways and out to sea.*

Councillor Bob Goodman (Conservative Combe Down) cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods, said: “We welcome this scheme because it is part of a commitment to discourage and hopefully eradicate single-use plastic bottles which we all know are a significant environmental issue. It is great that already around 50 Bath businesses have signed up to provide free tap water for anyone who wants to refill their bottles and I hope many more will join the Refill scheme.”

In the UK, we use a staggering 36 million plastic bottles every day – that’s 13 billion a year – enough to go around the world 31 times – but we recycle only 58% of them.

There are now more than 5,700 Refill points around the UK. For more information about the scheme and to find out about the app go to

https://www.refill.org.uk and as RefillBath on Twitter and Facebook

Find out more about plastic www.bathnes.gov.uk/plastic

Plant an idea?

Plant an idea?

Suggestions are starting to come in regarding finding a use for some of the metal planters lining the city end of the London Road.  They were introduced – at great expense –  a few years ago as part of a regeneration scheme to green this ‘gateway’ to Bath.

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A row of treeless planters.

Seems they are being taken away because they block visibility for drivers coming out of side roads. Something that was pointed out to B&NES in an independent safety audit carried out three years ago!

While the Council has asked its officers to come up with some clever ideas to re-cycle these £5,000 a piece, artistically-produced, self-rusting, generous plant pots – one Bath Newseum follower thought some of them might make edible troughs. Plant them up with vegetables!

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The ‘unofficial’ Walcot garden.

Maybe they could be given to the Walcot Road volunteers who turned a bit of wasteland alongside the sadly derelict Corn Market into a garden.

While we’re talking about blocked sight-lines. Troughs are nothing compared to the dangers we face in our road. At the top is a busy crossroads blocked by cars being allowed to park right up to the corner.

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The blind corner we have to face at​ the top end of our street. Often cars are parked right up to the edge. We are still waiting for B&NES to do something. We are a popular last-minute​-Chelsea-tractor-rush-to-school rat run. The Gloucester Road above us is a ha ha ha 20mph road.

Any further suggestions for the planters are very welcome.

 

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Michael – the busker from New York – starting his musical day in Abbey Church Yard. Always stops at 10.30 on the dot to let us Mayor’s Guides call in our tour group and give them a safety briefing before starting off on our two-hour trip around the city.

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It’s Hallelujah all round as students and busker Michael raise the Abbey Church Yard ‘roof’ with Leonard Cohen’s iconic song.

Today – while singing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ -he had an appreciative group of young French students – outside the Roman Baths – to sing the chorus.

We all waited this time for him to finish the song and then applause all round.

Mayor’s Guides leave from outside the Pump Room every day at 10.30 and again at 2pm. No charge. More information via www.bathguides.org.uk

Rail closure over Easter.

Rail closure over Easter.

Easter problems ahead on our railway link with Bristol it seems.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking visitors and commuters to the city to be patient while works are carried out to improve the route over the holiday period.

Passengers are being asked to plan their journeys as services are suspended between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa from Friday 30 March and Tuesday 3 April (inclusive).

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The line is being closed to enable Network Rail to upgrade signalling

in preparation an increase in trains – including more services between the West and London from 2019, and will result in improved reliability.

GWR will be providing replacement bus services between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa, as well as other stations affected on the route.

While Bath Spa station remains open, passengers travelling to and from London need to be aware that the frequency of services will be affected.

Cllr Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe) Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Bath remains very much open for business throughout this period. We are working closely with Network Rail and GWR to try to minimise disruption to travellers, but would ask passengers to remain patient. This work will eventually result in improved rail services to and from the city and more frequent trains”.

Passengers are advised to plan their journey carefully and allow extra time – particularly if commuting to work after the bank holiday weekend, on Tuesday 3 April.

For more information visit:  www.nationalrail.co.uk/easter, www.gwr.com/bristol2018 or www.networkrail.co.uk/bristol-upgrades.

Your chance to voice your opinion.

Your chance to voice your opinion.

Buses, the environmental impact of new build developments and clean and affordable energy.

These are some of the main topics coming up for discussions when The West of England Combined Authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets at the Bath Guildhall  on Wednesday, March 21, at 10.30am.

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The Bath Guildhall

Members will hear about, and contribute to, plans for a for clean and affordable energy system. WECA received £50,000 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in March 2017 to develop this work across the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership area (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset and South Gloucestershire).

Over 70 people from local organisations attended a workshop in Keynsham in February, organised by Centre for Sustainable Energy on behalf of the LEP, to start discussing priority areas, including low and zero carbon electricity; decarbonisation of heat; electric vehicles and ensuring new build developments achieve their low carbon potential.

There will also be a discussion about developing a Green Infrastructure Plan, which will look at environmental mitigation of future development across the region.

The meeting will also consider reports on West of England Local Enterprise Partnership funding and a regional bus strategy. This will consider options to improve the performance of the bus network and set out how further growth in bus use will be encouraged with faster, more reliable and more accessible services.

The committee, made up of 11 members from the across the Combined Authority region, is chaired by Cllr Stephen Clarke (Bristol City Council) who was elected alongside vice-chair Cllr Steve Pearce (Bristol) in September.

The full meeting papers, including details of how members of the public can register to speak, are available on the West of England Combined Authority website www.westofengland-ca.org.uk/meetings/

Getting immersed in science at Roman Baths.

Getting immersed in science at Roman Baths.

Have you ever wondered how arches are built, why Bath has a hot spring, or what archaeologists do with X-rays?RomanBaths_2017_Feb_6

As part of British Science Week (9-18 March 2018), visitors of all ages will be able to investigate the science behind the Roman Baths, get hands-on with historic objects and even have a go at playing a water organ!

Councillor Paul Myers, (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield) cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to be participating in British Science Week again this year, with lots of exciting opportunities for visitors to handle objects from the Roman Baths collection, and discover fascinating facts about how the Romans used science.”

Hands-on Science
Monday 12 March-Friday 16 March 2018, 2-4pm

Get hands-on with museum objects and discover the science behind them. Handling tables will cover a range of science – from early medicine, to what pots can tell us, to the osteology of a Roman skeleton.

Science Busking
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2-5pm

Investigate the Roman science and technology in our amazing archaeological site. Have a go at playing a water organ, find out about the geology of the hot spring, see how aqueducts and arches work, and discover why archaeologists use X-rays.

All activities are included in the admission price. Admission is free for Bath & North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card (bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard).

Advance booking not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

romanbaths.co.uk

britishscienceweek.org