Buses in the West of England are facing many challenges. A critical shortage of bus drivers, passenger numbers 25% down on pre-pandemic levels, spiralling inflation and all covid financial assistance will end in October. This will mean bus cuts in the short term.
On the positive side WECA has secured £105 million for bus services in the region – the second highest in the country – which will kick in next year.
This Summer the Combined Authority is holding a “Network Review” of all bus services. There will be four public events in the first week of August and also a survey. The closing date for the survey is 31st August 2022.
Big Choices on Buses – West of England Combined Authority (westofengland-ca.gov.uk)
Please remember to respond to the Consultation by this Friday.
The canal towpath is up against some other very worthy projects. CIL is a revolving fund so all, some, or none of the current applications may be approved, and funding granted as it becomes available
We are short of committee members. Please come and join us. We are a friendly group and the duties are not arduous. There are 2 or 3 committee meetings a year around organising the 2 or 3 social events we put on during the year. Please email our Chair – Claire Jackson
Sadly, due to lack of interest, this event will not take place. If you think you would have attended on another date – perhaps in September – please let us know. We realise that August is a busy month for many.
Your discovery card can now be renewed at the Victoria Art Gallery. Remember to take photo ID and a utility bill verifying your address.
As discussed at the AGM we as an association are keen to support the resurfacing of the canal path from Bathwick Hill to Widcombe. The majority of the funding has been achieved and BANES are applying for a grant from CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) and this will be a huge step towards full funding.
Please support the application via the link below. The deadline is Friday 22nd July.
We plan to hold an evening of petanque in Sydney Gardens on Wednesday 17th August 2022 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The Petanque court/pitch (terrain is apparently the word) can’t be booked but as it isn’t normally heavily used we can just turn up and play or watch. Please bring your own picnic and drinks and chairs. The Petanque terrain is located between the Holburne and the main entrance to the park adjacent to the A36.
If you are interested in this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can decide whether to go ahead. Please also let us know if you own a set of boules and if you know the rules to help us on the evening.
An early notice of this show so you can start growing prize winning marrows! It is in the Claverton Down Community hall at the top of Bathwick and Widcombe Hills. A reminder to be sent nearer the date.
See below for details:-
Work to carry out critical repairs on Claverton Street railway bridge is due to start on Monday 20th June and last through until Sunday 16th October.
To minimise disruption to road users and rail passengers, the refurbishment will take place at night. As our teams will need to work from underneath the bridge (as well as on top), the A36 at Churchill Bridge roundabout will need to be closed to all eastbound and southbound traffic from 7pm to 6am between 20th June and 16th October seven days a week. Between 20th August and 9th October we will only be working trackside each Saturday evening meaning the road closure on Saturdays will differ, lasting between midnight and 7am.
Please follow the link for more details:-
Many thanks to those that opened their gardens, and to those that baked, and to those that helped, and to those that attended and ate cake! A particular thanks to Jan and John Morgan who hosted the teas.
A fantastic £345 was raised for Julian House.