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.

 

A helping hand for Bath’s heritage.

A helping hand for Bath’s heritage.

The scaffolding that has been fronting Hales the Chemist in Bath’s Argyle Street will be coming down in the next few days.

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Scaffolding in place outside Hale’s the Chemist for the conservators to start work on the royal coat of arms.

It has been supporting members of the Cliveden Conservation team who have been working on a restoration project involving stripping, repainting and gilding a royal coat of arms belonging to Queen Charlotte.

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Freelance conservators Joanna Pucci and Teresa Llewellyn at work on the royal coat of arms.

You can find the story of its restoration in greater detail elsewhere on this website but l want to move on to feature the local organisation that has helped fund the work and which each year puts money into many other projects that ensure Bath’s heritage is being looked after.

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Job done and looking good!

I am talking about the Bath World Heritage Enhancement Fund which – since being established seven years ago – has made a real difference to the Bath World Heritage Site.

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Ainslie Ensom pictured beside the newly gilded lion.

With work still underway on the coat of arms behind us – and a lot of rainwater to be got rid of in the protective canopy spread out above the workers – l was able to talk to Ainslie Ensom who is the Administrator of the Fund. What did she think of the coat of arms restoration.

You can check out the Enhancement Fund’s website via  https://www.bathworldheritage.org.uk/enhancement-fund

Bath’s ‘Stone Age’ attraction.

Bath’s ‘Stone Age’ attraction.

We get something like four and a half million visitors a year in Bath but how many of them will see anything other than Roman remains and Georgian terraces and crescents.

There has been a lot of talk recently about trying to spread the load a bit and persuade our visitors – a very important part of local commerce – to expand their horizons to some of the attractions further out of the centre.

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The canal towpath through Bath’s Sydney Gardens.

Everything from Beckford’s Tower to Prior Park Gardens with other areas of interest including things like the Kennet and Avon Canal, the American Museum and Museum of Bath at Work.

One rather modest museum that tells a major story you can find half way around the number 2 First Bus route which climbs the hill to Combe Down.

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The CornerStone museum at Combe Down.

The Ralph Allen CornerStone Interpretation Centre –  on Rock Hall Lane – opened in 2014 and is described as a community history centre.

Combe Down is the main site of Ralph Allen’s stone quarries – the stone that built the World Heritage City of Bath.

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The abandoned workings were in-filled with an innovative £155 million restoration project, completed in 2010. 

The village, now secure, has lost much of the physical evidence of its stone-quarrying heritage. Hence the need for a museum that tells the story of its industrial past and the men who worked underground.

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Interior of the stone museum

But – outside its doors – there are now plans to uncover and preserve what remains of the top of one of the shafts through which stone would have been brought to the surface and transported on Ralph Allen’s tram system down the hill to the river.

It’s on former mining land – and now a public space known as Firs Field. A group of young local people have also got involved in preparatory  survey and excavation work to see exactly what is left just below the surface of the ground.

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Preliminary dig in Firs Field

The idea will be to conserve what is left of the wall and construct a low bench as a memorial to ‘the mines, those who worked them, the community of Combe Down and the wider City of Bath.’

I had a chance to speak to Val Lyon who is the Director of the Firs Field Project. I asked her to tell me first about the Ralph Allen CornerStone museum.

Three of the youngsters   – involved in the project –  have contributed to a blog (led by Bert Nash) which tells what they have been doing and its importance to Bath’s World Heritage status.

Bert’s blog can be viewed at:

http://firsfieldmineshaft.weebly.com

Check out the Ralph Allen CornerStone Museum at http://www.ralphallencornerstone.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Bath’s new hotel opens for business

Bath’s new hotel opens for business

The new Apex City of Bath Hotel has had what you might call a ‘soft opening’ with forty odd rooms now taking paying guests.

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The signage going up on the Apex City of Bath Hotel

The reception and downstair bar areas are also in business. I am told facilities like the gym and pool will be coming on line in a month or so.

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A temporary entrance to the City of Bath Apex Hotel.

Apex said the hotel would open in August and are true to their word. Work continues around guests but doesn’t seem to be interfering with their stay.

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An interior view inside the newly opened hotel.

The hotel will be Bath’s largest hotel both in terms of conference and events spaces and number of bedrooms.

The hotel’s conference room will hold up to 400 delegates which will be the largest in Bath and the four-star hotel itself will have 177 contemporary bedrooms including family rooms and suites, some of which include balconies.

Good to see also that the Highways Department has painted in the zebra crossing outside the Odeon complex. The whole thing was getting illegible.

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The crossing before re-painting.

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The crossing after a new coat of paint!

Roadworks around the Saw Close area – which is being re-modelled – have revealed some of the original stone setts under the tarmac in Upper Borough Walls.

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Roadworks have uncovered the underlying stone setts.

Talking of stone setts – our proud symbol of World Heritage Status – outside the side entrance to the Pump Room – could do with some attention. Not exactly the best way of promoting the city’s standing as a major tourist centre.

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The UNESCO symbol for a site of World Heritage status – with missing stone setts.

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A closer look at missing stones.

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Yet another missing stone.

Coming home along the canal l noticed workmen are starting to take down the lighting that was installed in one of the long tunnels at one end of the Sydney Gardens stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

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Workmen starting to remove the lighting installed in the tunnel under Cleveland House.

B&NES did not agree with the developer of the property above – Cleveland House –  that the installation was a good idea and have obviously refused retrospective planning permission.

Check out the story about the tunnel and the lights elsewhere on the site. Just enter ‘Cleveland House’ into the ‘search’ box.

Raising a glass to Thomas.

Raising a glass to Thomas.

Exactly what was quenching the thirst of the people of Bath in the summer of  1856.   Turns out beverages sold by Thomas Steele (1805-1859) – a chemist at 6 Milsom Street in the city were hitting the right spot 160 years ago. Flavours that included gooseberry and mulberry.

This little snippet of social history comes via Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project – a multi-million pound scheme of works to make the Abbey floor safe and improve facilities in the church.

As part of the work volunteers are researching the hundreds of historic memorial stones in the building which will have to be lifted to allow the structural work to take place.

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Thomas Steele’s memorial stone.

Thanks to one of them, it’s been discovered that Thomas – one of thousands of people granted burial under the floor – once placed a notice in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette on 31 July 1856 advertising all types of flavours and included various ways on how these could be used to flavour tarts, jellies and spirits.

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He is one of the hundreds of Bathonians commemorated in the Abbey and researched for the Bath Abbey ledger stone project as part of #Footprintproject.

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You can visit the blog site of Abbey archivist, Anna Riggs to check out the advert: https://bathabbeyheritage.wordpress.com

 

Twilight talks about fashion.

Twilight talks about fashion.

Subjects ranging from Jane Austen to fashions inspired by Caribbean culture will be amongst topics featured when the Fashion Museum Bath hosts a series of Twilight Talks this autumn.

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The talks, at the Bath & North East Somerset Council run Museum, will also include subjects such as the use of fur and feathers in fashion and a fascinating insight into the life of British stage and screen actress Vivien Leigh.

Cllrs Paul Myers (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration said: “This is a wonderful programme of talks put together by staff at the Fashion Museum, covering a diverse range of topics.   I am delighted they have been able to incorporate events to coincide with the Jane Austen Festival and Black History Month.  The talks should prove to be informative, inspiring and thought provoking.”

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All talks take place at the Fashion Museum from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Tickets cost £10 adult/£8 student including a glass of wine, and can be booked atwww.bathboxoffice.org.uk.

 

Jane Austen

Thursday 14 September 2017

A talk about fashions at the time of Jane Austen, to coincide with the annual Jane Austen Festival that takes place in Bath each September.

 

Discovering Pauline Baynes

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Hear all about Alberto Ceccatelli’s research discovering the life and work of children’s illustrator Pauline Baynes, who, as a child, owned a vibrant jumper now on display at the Fashion Museum. Later in life, Baynes worked with JRR Tolkien and illustrated many children’s books including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The talk will be a conversation in Italian and English, with simultaneous translation.

 

Re-use and Re-purpose: Understanding Jessica Ogden

Thursday 12 October 2017

Join Professor Carol Tulloch as she talks about how British/Jamaican fashion designer Jessica Ogden’s work re-making, re-cycling and customising pre-used textiles is rooted in a centuries old Caribbean tradition. Part of Black History Month.

 

Vivien Leigh – Actress and Movie Star

Thursday 9 November 2017

Keith Lodwick will talk about British stage and screen actress Vivien Leigh, drawing on the archive of her letters and diaries at the Theatre Museum Collection. Leigh’s 1940s red embroidered jacket is on display at the Fashion Museum.

 

Fashioned from Nature

Thursday 23 November 2017

Drawing on her research for the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition Fashioned From Nature, Edwina Ehrman will talk about the fascinating role of fur and feathers in fashion from the 18th century to the present day. Her talk will particularly focus on the human impulse to improve on and commodify nature.

For more information visit:  www.fashionmuseum.co.uk.

 

Action plan to ‘save the High Street’ proposed.

Action plan to ‘save the High Street’ proposed.

A new Local Shops Action Plan – aimed at supporting local traders in shopping districts, town centres and high streets across the area – is going to be produced by B&NES.

The Council says it will seek to produce the new Action Plan in consultation with local business group, bringing together a range measures aimed at supporting and promoting the area’s shops and traders and boosting footfall on local high streets.

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Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, Cllr Paul Myers (Cons, Midsomer Norton Redfield), leading the work said, “We’re lucky in Bath & North East Somerset to have some of the best shopping districts in the country, ranging from Bath’s world renowned city centre, to our historic market towns and vibrant local high streets.

“However, we also know that, with the ever-increasing use of online shopping, high streets across the country are facing the challenge of adapting to the changing way people use local shops.

“We have been asking local traders and business groups in the City for their views, listening to the main issues affecting their shopping areas and gathering their ideas as part of developing the action plan. To ensure that we can support the whole of B&NES we will also be engaging business groups in NE Somerset to make sure that we can deliver as much support to the sector as possible. 

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The new Action Plan aims to cover all the key shopping districts in Bath & North East Somerset, from Bath city centre, to local high streets and town centres across the district.

Some of the issues the new Action Plan is proposing to look at include:

  • How best to promote local shopping districts;
  • Working with traders to improve the shopping experience in local retail centres and high streets to encourage greater footfall;
  • How the Council should engage with local traders on an ongoing basis to ensure they continue to be supported in the years ahead;
  • How to encourage a broad choice of retailers for shoppers, ranging from larger ‘anchor’ stores to smaller independent traders;
  • What are the main factors that affect shopping districts, such as parking provision, public realm improvements, antisocial behaviour and community facilities.
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Cllr Myers added, “Obviously any proposals will need to take account of the financial constraints the Council faces, and the future regeneration plans but the Council does have an important role to play in supporting our local economy. By working in partnership with local traders there’s much we can do to support locally-driven solutions”

The Council has said it recognises that there will be different issues affecting different parts of the area that will need locally-driven solutions, and wants to engage with local business groups such as local Chambers of Commerce for all of its towns and the Bath Business Improvement District in producing its Action Plan.