‘Lifeline’ for Cleveland Pools?

‘Lifeline’ for Cleveland Pools?

Seems all is not lost when it comes to the restoration of Bath’s historic Cleveland Pools – following a meeting of trustees with representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund who had officially turned down a Stage 2 bid to secure their final grant of 4.1 million to help restore this former Georgian lido beside the River Avon.

HLF have said they will work with the Trust to submit another application for funding – but a press release does not give any indication as to how long all this might take.


Cleveland Pools


Here’s the press statement, released this morning:

“Following the decision of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to turn down the Stage 2 application for funding to restore the Cleveland Pools in Bath, the trustees of the project have met with representatives of the HLF to discuss the reasons behind this decision.

The meeting, held on 11th January, was encouraging, with the Heritage Lottery Fund confirming that they consider the approved plans set out a really strong foundation for the future of the Pools. This has given the Cleveland Pools Trust cause for optimism as it continues with its efforts to revive the historic pools for swimming and recreation for the people of Bath and beyond.

The trustees

The Cleveland Pools Trust team: Paul Simons (new Chair), Ann Dunlop, Andy Mullett, Sally Helvey, Fred Parkinson, Suzy Granger, Ina Harris and Roger Houghton.

Outstanding issues need to be resolved by the Cleveland Pools Trust but both they and the Heritage Lottery Fund believe that this can be done satisfactorily along with the full cooperation and commitment of Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES).

The Cleveland Pools Trust will now work with the Heritage Lottery Fund to resolve existing issues, and submit a new project application.

This reprieve has been welcomed by the Cleveland Pools Trust’s new Chairman Paul Simons who has been with the project for five years. He succeeds Ann Dunlop who, after 13 years in the role, will become the Trust’s Honorary President while remaining an active trustee.

Ann Dunlop says: “The Heritage Lottery Fund have indicated they will work with the Cleveland Pools Trust to submit another application for the restoration scheme which got full planning approval by B&NES last year. We remain committed to achieving the project’s aims and will work tirelessly to bring this to fruition as quickly as possible”.

Paul Simons says: “The Cleveland Pools Trust has been delighted with the re-affirmation of support for the project from its many hundreds of enthusiasts: local residents and volunteers, swimmers, families and schools, heritage campaigners, and those who have pledged to support the project financially. We are determined to work with them to achieve a truly remarkable and unique facility”.

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, says: “We’ve supported the Cleveland Pools Trust over the last three years to find a solution for this complex site’s needs, and recognise the huge amount of work that the Trust has carried out. Cleveland Pools is a special and significant part of our heritage, with a clear need for restoration, and we will continue to work with the Cleveland Pools Trust to develop a new project application, and resolve the outstanding issues.”

LATEST: Vice Chair, Ina Harris told Bath Newseum – Saturday morning- 

“We are entering into discussions with our supporters, such as B&NES and the Architectural Heritage Fund, to plan a way forward and the timeline will then become clearer.”
New Student Award announced.

New Student Award announced.

Students who have made an outstanding contribution to the city of Bath are in line for a new award announced by the Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Nominations are being asked for a student or group of students from either of the city’s universities and from Bath College.


Pictured l-r Kalyn Mallard of the Student Community Partnership and Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Cherry Beath.

Announcing the award, the Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Cherry Beath, said “As a university city, Bath very much gains from the active involvement of students from our two universities and from Bath College. I am pleased to be making this award, which will highlight the great contribution that students make to our city.”

Kalyn Mallard, of the Student Community Partnership, added:  “We are very pleased that students who contribute to our city are being recognised in this way.  It’s easy to make a nomination, so please start sending them in now.  The closing date for nominations is 16 February.”

The award will be presented to a student or a group of students who have made an outstanding contribution to the City of Bath. This can include any aspect of living in the city that benefits other people – for example building good neighbourly relationships, doing acts of kindness, working as a volunteer, having an active involvement in local communities, and helping people in need.

The presentation will be made at the Living Together conference, which will be held at The Forum in Bath on 7 March from 1- 4.30pm.

The conference brings together students and staff from the two universities and from Bath College with residents and with the council, as well as the police, and from local churches. The event is free and bookings can be made by going to www.eventbrite.co.uk  and searching for Living Together.

Nominations for the award should include the following, either for an individual or for each student in a group:

  • Name and address of student(s)
  • Name of University or College
  • Name of course
  • Length of course
  • In which year
  • Email address
  • Mobile number

They should also include a description of the contribution that the student or group makes to the City of Bath, including:

  • What they do
  • How often, for how long
  • Who benefits, and in what way

If you would like to nominate a student or a group of students, please send an email to  community-liaison@bath.ac.uk and ask for a nomination form or click here https://goo.gl/forms/nV2JuahhNIKm1VtI3

Each nomination must be signed by two people, both of whom have direct experience of what the student(s) are doing and the nomination must in by 16 February.


The rubbish​ problem on your doorstep B&NES!

The rubbish​ problem on your doorstep B&NES!

Out in the suburbs, we have all been given either strengthened sacks or wheelie bins in which to put our rubbish.

However, it seems, the same rule doesn’t apply in the city centre where various private firms have contracts to pick up commercial waste.


There is foodstuff spilling out of this ripped bag.

I have never heard of mixed recycled bags containing food but this one obviously did and that’s why it’s been pecked open – just across the road from the B&NES Guildhall too!


Rubbish – almost on the Guildhall steps – B&NES!

I am hearing the contractors only make one round and – if bags are not left out at the right time – they get missed.

Surely all bags should be marked with the name of the business leaving them on the street. That way, when blames needs to be apportioned, it goes to the right shop or cafe door.


Pieces of cucumber and tomato spill out of this ‘recycling’ bag.

As a cyclist – and sitting above two wheels – l can vouch for how bad the inner-city roads are but this depression in the bus gate outside Waitrose was an obstacle l met on foot and nearly fell through stepping into it!


The sooner B&NES gets a congestion charge and tourist tax in place the sooner there might be some money available to fix the roads!

Coming back home along the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath l was sad to see a board advertising the fact that planning permission has been granted for three homes to be built in a canalside garden.


A canalside garden – which opens up views of the countryside beyond – is going to have three houses built upon it.

It’s going to means houses quite close to the canalside edge which – at this point – affords views of the countryside beyond.


Not denying a successful local builder the right to build quality housing, but feel it’s a shame a patch of canal front is going to make way for three homes. Why B&NES?

I am not denying the builder the right to construct quality homes and – indeed – permission has been given – but shame B&NES can’t look at the bigger picture here.


Bridge crack? We’re keeping an eye on it says Council.

Bridge crack? We’re keeping an eye on it says Council.

Well, l have finally had my official answer from B&NES regarding the sorry state of the stone balustrade alongside Pulteney Bridge – and regarding the crack in the stone facade to one side of this Grade 1 listed structure’s first span over the River Avon.


The crack is below the cafe window and above one side of the first bridge span.

Here’s the statement from the Press Office.

“Pulteney Bridge is subject to regular inspections, in accordance with nationally adopted standards.

The vegetation growing on the structure will be removed in a future programme of maintenance work.

The minor crack in the shop façade was identified through the inspection regime and is subject to ongoing monitoring.”

Well, l still think it is getting wider!


Hopefully, you can see the crack in the horizontal seam between the masonry.

It’s a shame the balustrade wasn’t subject to regular inspections too. It might have prevented the weeds from growing so well.


Here’s the view – looking through the cafe window.

Pulteney Bridge was designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style. It was completed in 1774 and connected the city with the newly built Georgian town of Bathwick.

It is one of only four such bridges in the world in having shops built across its full span on both sides.

It is one of the most iconic structures in our World Heritage city and a favourite tourist spot for taking ‘selfies’.



Old KES Junior School now secured!

Old KES Junior School now secured!

Good to know they’ve sent someone in to secure this historic building once more – but it was a  shame to have been once again writing about another architectural piece of Bath’s heritage under threat. Anyone walking in Broad Street on Thursday would have seen that the old KES Junior School had been vandalised.


The old KES Junior School – by Thomas Jelly – in Broad Street.

A door had been forced – leaving the 18th century Grade 2* listed building vulnerable to further vandalism or squatters.


A side door has been completely smashed.

This school taught King Edward’s pupils from 1754 to 1986 and was sold eventually to Samuel Smith’s Brewery in Yorkshire.


You can now see right inside the building.

I  left a message on the answerphone in their press office and hoped someone will get back to me. They didn’t!

The gradual decay of this building has been of great concern. Its owners have so far appeared in no rush to do anything with it or sell it on.


The building has been secured again – but won’t someone make the brewery who own it DO something with it soon!

At least the building has now been made secure. Adrian Nelson who is Senior Conservation Officer for B&NES told Bath Newseum:

“I have been in contact with the local retained architects and they have informed me that they are aware of the situation and securing the building.

Many thanks for your interest and informing us of this for which we are very grateful.”

It’s time Samuel Smith’s Brewery either bring forward proposals or sell this historic building to someone who will preserve its future.


It’s a ‘no’ to a Pulteney Bridge interview

It’s a ‘no’ to a Pulteney Bridge interview


Followers of Bath Newseum will know l am a little shocked at the state of the stone balustrade facing Pulteney Bridge which is – itself – exhibiting a widening crack in its stonework.


Here’s the view – looking through the cafe window on the bridge.

Bearing in mind how historically important this part of Bath is – and how it contributes to its World Heritage status and tourist trade – l asked the Cabinet member who l was informed was responsible for the upkeep of such ‘fabric’ – Cllr Charles Gerrish – if l could have an interview.


Cllr Charles Gerrish, Cabinet member for Finance and Efficiency.

I have had a response of sorts. Must say, l thought it a little abrupt.

Judge for yourselves. First my email:

Dear Cllr Gerrish,

I would dearly love to do a video interview with you regarding the state of the balustrade adjoining Pulteney Bridge and the crack that has appeared in the bridge itself.
Since raising this via www.bathnewseum.com l am reliably informed the matter has been looked at by B&NES. This is one of the city’s most treasured architectural gems.
Kind regards,
Richard Wyatt
Bath Newseum
Then his reply:
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That’s a ‘no’ to an interview then? Not even a full stop at the end! I will await the ‘press statement’ with interest.
What a load of rubbish!

What a load of rubbish!

Now what – l ask you – is a waste doctor? Well, if you live in B&NES and pile black rubbish bags – in addition to your wheelie bin – on the kerbside outside your door – you may get a visit from one!

It’s a softly, softly approach that will be used for a while to try and stop people trying to sneak extra rubbish for collection.

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Cllr Bob Goodman,  B&NES Cabinet member for Development.


Cllr Bob Goodman –  B&NES Cabinet member for Development – thinks that means people are not recycling properly and – if the waste doctor’s educational service doesn’t work – the Council’s determined they will start issuing £60 fines.

Having said that, it seems – since the new collection and recycling service has been introduced – recycling rates have improved dramatically.

There’s every likelihood B&NES will be moving from a 54% recycling rate to a 65% one. That would move the authority from 42-second place – IMG_6741nationally – to being in the top ten.


However – as we have heard – a lot of plastic waste has until recently been shipped off to China for reprocessing. Now the Chinese government has changed its mind and doesn’t want our waste anymore.

Bath Newseum met Cllr Goodman and asked whether it was now worth recycling at all?