Beaufort to be turned into flats?

Beaufort to be turned into flats?

Residents in the Lambridge area in Bath may be aware that the Beaufort Restaurant – on the Larkhall side of the London Road –  has closed.


The Beaufort – former pub turned restaurant – on the London Road at Cambridge.

A notice on the door says its going to re-open as a vegetarian restaurant.

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The notice on the door.

I am confused – having noted the following planning application.

Conversion of existing restaurant and residential space into 7no flats involving removal and replacement of some internal walls, new first floor bathroom extension and partial replacement and extension of existing single-storey flat-roofed building to rear courtyard.
Application reference: 17/04221/LBA received on 04/09/2017
Planning Portal reference: PP-05029607
Application status: Pending Consideration”
Members of the public can comment.
Life on a rat run

Life on a rat run

There are road safety and traffic issues all over the city of Bath but forgive me if l just mention the one nearest to home. In fact it’s outside our front door.

We – my husband and l – live in a road which is a well-worn rat run during the morning and evening rush hours. Having lived here now for six years l am well aware of the history of our safety problem which has festered for 20 years and more.


The sort of traffic we don’t want to see.

We have bollards edging a narrow pavement on one side only because a mother campaigned for something to be done after a car mounted the side walk and narrowly missed her and her baby in the wheel chair she was pushing.

The road is two way. B&NES deliberated over a one way system but this came to nothing apparently because the residents couldn’t agree which way that would be – up or down our hill.

They won’t put speed bumps down – not even one at either end. At the top of our road is a busy crossroads but where cars park right up to the crossing and you cannot safely pull out because you cannot see what is coming.


The dangerous crossroads at the top of our street. Vehicles on the right mean you cannot see what is coming if you are driving up the hill.

There is a bus stop on the corner. B&NES is supposed to be painting in white bus stop space lines – in the hope this may push vehicles away from the corner – but nothing has been done.


Our front garden wall in pieces.

We had our front garden wall knocked down a couple of years ago by a vehicle reversing and not looking where he or she was going. They didn’t leave us a ‘sorry’ note.

There is a small patch of grass to one side of our drive which is gouged up by the wheels of reversing cars and lorries who have lost the ‘stand -off’ battle we often witness between one coming up and one coming down.


An attempt to stop vehicles ruining the patch of grass.

We put white painted rocks in place to try and deter this but they have been thrown into the road by the tyres of a vehicle which also gouged out the grass. Certainly hope they have a good scratch from the stones to take away with them.


Have put the two stones back but it’s left a gouge.

What do you do to get this Council to stir itself. I would try lying in the road but so many rat runners go so fast l wouldn’t stand a chance.

We have a small sign saying the road is not fit for wide vehicles but l am sure no one spots it. The lane on the other side of the cross roads has had a width restriction sign for longer but its now almost covered by ivy.


A really effective sign eh?

It was good to see groups of people mobilising themselves to fight to save  Bathampton Meadows and the Central Library at the Podium (though it’s still got to make room for the One Stop Shop).

Maybe it’s time to spread this action group wider or create a local party to fight the next local election. Unfortunately that is not until 2019.

PS. I want another bollard on the grass verge and l want it now!


Pulling the plug for winter shut down.

Pulling the plug for winter shut down.

The Laura Place fountain – just recently – would have been equally at home in the approach road to the ‘Emerald City’ in the Land of Oz – so green was its contents.

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The fountain in Laura Place.

Though its recently been fitted with a new pump the flow of water came to a halt about two weeks ago. Today contractors arrived to drain the algae-coloured basin and put the old girl to sleep for the winter.


Time to hibernate. Draining the Laura Place fountain for the winter.

All being well, she will be switched on again for Easter at the end of March next year.


Looking drained. Job done!

The central fountain basin dates from 1877 – by A S Goodridge – and the rest of it from 1977. The current look has been described as a giant ashtray.

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The Laura Place fountain looking down Great Pulteney Street to the Holburne Museum.

It remains – pretty well – almost all Bath has to celebrate its associations with water – hot and cold.


Helping students become good neighbours.

Helping students become good neighbours.

In an effort to cut down on street litter and bad recycling, Bath & North East Somerset Council is joining forces with students and staff from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University to visit over 2,000 properties in student areas of Bath including Oldfield Park, Westmoreland, Widcombe and Lansdown during the next three weeks.

The visits are part of the Good Neighbour Campaign which is run by the Student Community Partnership (SCP) and welcomes new students to Bath and helps them make the best use of the Council’s recycling and rubbish collections. It also encourages both students and local residents to introduce themselves to their neighbours.


Councillors Bob Goodman and Will Sandry with members of the Student Community Partnership.

The SCP is a partnership between Bath & North East Somerset Council, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and their Students’ Unions. It exists to promote harmonious relationships with student residents, permanent residents and the wider community of Bath.

The student residents will also be given tips for living in Bath, such as utilising public transport where possible and getting involved in the community through volunteering and other opportunities.

Just last year, the SCP was shortlisted for a National Recycling Award having donated more than 6,000 bags of unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation, raising over £100,000 to support the important work the British Heart Foundation does.

Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods, accompanied the team on some of their visits.

Cllr Goodman said: “This year, with the new rubbish collections starting next month it will be an opportunity to talk to students and local residents to make sure everyone is fully prepared for the changes and is recycling as much as they can and setting their waste out properly.  These visits have proved to be an important way to reduce problems around rubbish, recycling and litter.

“I want to see this Authority having one of the country’s highest recycling percentages and by engaging with students and residents I’m hopeful that we will be able to achieve this.”

Kalyn Mallard, Community Liaison Co-ordinator of the Student Community Partnership, said: “Students in Bath are an integral part of the local community, from taking on part time jobs to volunteering for many of the local charities. It is important that both students and local residents establish and maintain good neighbourly relationships.

“The Good Neighbour Campaign plays an important role in ensuring students and local residents concerns are raised and addressed, provides student residents with practical information to help them settle in and outlines what is considered neighbourly behaviour.

“We look forward to meeting different members of the community during and hearing how the SCP can help to further strengthen town and gown relations.”

This is just one of a variety of activities the Council is doing to engage with students over the new collections.  This has included roadshows at Fresher’s Fairs where the Waste Campaigns Team have spoken to over 1,000 students, encouraging them to sign up for the text reminder service to prompt them when to put their rubbish out.  Anyone wishing to make use of this service can text their postcode to 07520 631700.

Delivery of the wheeled rubbish bins has now started and will continue until early November, with the re-usable rubbish bag deliveries starting later in October.  Please look out for your welcome pack, which will be inside the lid of your wheeled bin or posted through your door if you have a re-usable rubbish bag.  Please make sure that you do not use your new bin until your first collection after November 6.

If you want to find out more about the changes, please check our website at or contact Council Connect or 01225 39 40 00.



Ivy on Milsom Street

Ivy on Milsom Street

Bath’s new Ivy Brasserie has more objects crowded on its walls than the city’s Abbey church but this isn’t so much memorials to the dear departed as wrapping diners in the ‘company colours’ which define the imagery of the London-based ‘mother’ restaurant’s new nationally-dispensed brand.


See what l mean about wall coverage?

It’s like walking into a floor-to-ceiling art exhibition hanging in 19th century France where framed images taking up every inch of the wall surface.


Spot the local connections. There’s Bath Abbey!

Although this is obviously the approved interior ‘feel’ of these new eating houses there is a nod to Bath with both Bath Abbey and the hot springs represented amongst the wall hangings.


I recognise that steaming bath!

Let’s just step back a moment and put all this in context. The Ivy Brasserie is housed in what used to be NatWest’s Milsom Street branch.


The new Ivy Brasserie in Milsom Street

Itself contained in one of five grand houses that make up Somersetshire Buildings – built as a speculation by the City Architect Thomas Baldwin in 1781-3.


Attentive waiters start the rounds as guests arrive.

Milsom Street gets its name from Daniel Milsom a school master and member of the Corporation who leased this last strip of untouched land between the old town and the new architecture on the hill and got his son to jointly develop it with the local authority.

It became a favoured residential area until commerce moved in. It remains what you would call part of Bath’s ‘up town’ area.

The bank was housed in what would have been the bay-fronted living room of a lodging house which no doubt attracted a high-class and wealthy lodger – in town to take the waters.


Plenty of Monday night fizz!

While they wouldn’t recognise the place today – they would appreciate the most eloquent architectural feature of that space still remains.

The ground floor front room of No 39 – the centre house – was given one of the finest and most delicate plaster ceilings in Bath. Modelled on Josiah Wedgewood’s Jasper Ware – introduced by the English potter in 1775. A classic mixture of white and pale blue mouldings of rams heads, foliage and ribbons decorating a large circular panel.


That 18th-century ceiling in all its glory.

I have to say The Ivy’s interior designers have done a good job of allowing the 18th century ceiling to ‘crown’ that front bay area in uninterrupted glory despite the more eclectic and colourful mixture you’ll find walking further into the restaurant.

It can be better appreciated by people who will be spending more time under it that any previous bank customer dashing in to cash a cheque at the NatWest counter.


Full marks for the marble floor!

The restaurant has spared no expense with a beautiful marble floor and a bar counter that uses light and suspended glass flutes to create a long ‘chandelier’ effect linking the front entrance with the more internal  and intimate dining area.


The ‘chandelier effect’ of that long and welcoming bar!

The Ivy Brasserie opens on Wednesday this week – October 11th. It’s first floor dining facilities will be completed early next year – and there are plans for roof-top entertaining by Easter of next year.

Can’t tell you anything about the food or prices – because this was a stand-up – canapes and fizz-type gathering – but l can tell you they have spent weeks training the staff and that showed last night with a well-oiled and well-mannered welcome and continual replenishment of nibbles and drink.

No 39 begins a new role in its long and varied social history.

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PS. If you were wondering where NatWest have gone. They’ve just opened up in the old Burton Building in Stall Street – opposite M and S.


The new NatWest branch on Stall Street.

It’s gold for Jane

It’s gold for Jane


That anniversary Jane Austen floral display in Bath’s Parade Gardens has helped the city win a gold award in the South West in Bloom competition.


The display under construction

The Bath in Bloom committee co-ordinates the city’s application and judging route every year with Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks Department and the Bath BID who work to furnish the city with the best floral displays possible.


The finished display.

The city has seen a massive transformation this past year through the investment of valued retail partners such as Southgate and Kingsmead Square without overlooking the continued support of the much valued independent sector such as Milsom Place and Walcot Street who are of immense value in retaining our legacy as a beautiful and vibrant ‘floral city’.


Flowers in Milsom Street

The BID completed the picture this year with a full suite of planters through Milsom Street and Upper Borough Walls.

The use of perennial plantings on Orange Grove were acknowledged as were the use of water capturing reservoirs in the floral containers that have greatly improved the sustainability of the city’s entry.

The jewel of the crown however was the Jane Austen bed at the Parade Gardens, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her death this year. The bed shows a book with the statement ‘Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?’ from Northanger Abbey complete with a copper quill and ink pot.

B&NES Parks’ Department received generous sponsorship from Wessex Water, Rotork, Minuteman Press, Cross manufacturing, Ajuga Holdings, Mallory Jewellers and The Charter Trustees whose kind support has helped to make Bath golden this year and we will continue to require more if we are to maintain our nationally acclaimed standing. If you are interested please contact the Bath in Bloom Committee on 01225 837885.


Shine a light on SouthGate.

Shine a light on SouthGate.

It may have decided it couldn’t afford the time or money to continue with organising the city’s annual lantern procession but Bath’s Holburne Museum has now got itself involved in another light show.

It’s being consulted by the design company behind radical new proposals to enliven and enhance the public spaces within the Southgate Shopping Centre.

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How the community might be involved in a lantern sculpture.

One aspect of the new design would involve a ‘sculptural lantern element’ – a community artwork ‘ to get input into the words and prose that could be used with the lantern design to represent the local area.’ The Holburne has been approached to ‘begin the dialogue on getting the community involved in this artwork.’

These details form part of a planning application that has been submitted to B&NES which is aimed at enhancing the large central space within the SouthGate Centre and in Brunel Square – alongside Bath Spa Station –  encouraging footfall with both permanent and temporary ‘interventions.’Screen Shot 2017-09-30 at 15.40.33Screen Shot 2017-09-30 at 15.41.04


In documents you can view on line the application explains:

‘SouthGate already hosts a successful series of events throughout the year, connecting in with the City’s busy festival programme.

The events hosted within Brunel Square and the colourful umbrellas, for example, show how contemporary, playful interventions within the public realm make a big impact on visitors arriving from the train station, showcasing the vibrant character of the City of Bath.

The proposed public realm placemaking initiatives aim to continue to foster these popular seasonal events whilst also enhancing the Centre’s public realm during ‘every day’ modes when there are no events on.

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The proposals look at the spaces and streets as a key journey from the train station to the City Centre, which SouthGate forms a key part of.

By enlivening SouthGate’s public realm through a series of temporary and permanent interventions, the aim is to enhance the experience for people as they pass through and dwell within SouthGate.’

The big central area within SouthGate would be transformed.

‘The Place’ is the central pedestrianised space at the heart of the SouthGate Centre. The intention is to create a ‘permanent’ Pocket Park to enhance the quality of this public space during ‘everyday’ mode.

There will also be a more exible space for events and for circulation, working in tandem with SouthGate’s events calender.

Within this exible space, it is proposed that planting / seating platforms populate this space when no events are on. These are designed to be de-constructed and re-located when the spaces is required for events to ensure that the space is a multi-functional and exible as possible.

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Proposals involve tying in with city festival events so that objects other than just coloured umbrellas can be used in the centre’s shopping avenues. There will be room for  music and even cinema.

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Bath Newseum is actively seeking a spokesperson to tell us more.