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18 Raby Place Planning Decision

Please see below – the appeals against the planning decisions to refuse change of use have been dismissed. Read below for more details.

Application Reference: 22/00723/FUL
Address: Roman City Guest House, 18 Raby Place, Bathwick, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 4EH
Proposal: Change of Use from Bed and Breakfast (Use Class C1) to commercial holiday let accommodation for up to 12 people (Use Class Sui Generis) (Resubmission).
Updated: Appeal Decision Issued

Application Reference: 21/04202/FUL
Address: Roman City Guest House, 18 Raby Place, Bathwick, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 4EH
Proposal: Change of use from bed and breakfast (Use Class C1) to commercial holiday let accommodation for up to 25 people (Use Class Sui Generis).
Updated: Appeal Decision Issued

Bath University Community Engagement

Bath University are launching Cosy Wednesdays where older residents in Bath can join staff and student volunteers for lunch, hot drinks and optional activities every Wednesday from 9 November 2022 until 8 February 2023. 

The Cosy Cabin is located in Dartmouth Avenue, Oldfield Park, and residents in Bath can book a spot for sessions by contacting 01225 384 966 or emailing cosy@bath.ac.uk. Please do pass along these details to any friends or neighbours who may be interested in coming along.

Find out more about Cosy Wednesdays.

Autumn Tree Sales

BANES will be holding two tree sale weekends this autumn.

  • Midsomer Norton, on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October. Trees will be available to order from 1700 on Friday 7th October.
  • The second event will be held in Bath, on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November. Trees for this second event will go on sale at 1700 on Friday 4th November.

A variety of species will be on sale – trees in 10 litre containers £10 and in 5 litre containers £5 – and will be on sale for 7 days and available to order here<https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/webforms/treegiveaway/> on a first come first serve basis. Full collection details provided at time of ordering.

Sydney Gardens Gala – message from the Sydney Gardens Project Team

An afternoon of free family fun, music, circus and spectacle in Sydney Gardens on Sunday 23rd October 1pm-5pm to celebrate the completion of the Restoration Project. 
 
£3.4m has been spent over the past three years restoring and conserving the historic buildings and gardens. The project has been a partnership between BANES Parks & Open Spaces Team and the Friends of Sydney Gardens with the majority of the funding provided by the National Lottery.

Throughout the afternoon the Gardens will be alive with performances and activities in the true tradition of a Georgian Pleasure Gardens. Visitors will be able to see the locally based Rainbow Steel Band, Bath Classical Musicians Trio and Morris Dancing. Bring a picnic and listen to some wonderful music. There will be fire-eating, juggling and stilt walking, Petanque and hula-hoop and ‘Go to the Loo’ on a special tour of the rare and restored cast iron toilets (booking essential visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/friends-of-sydney-gardens-40890784773)
There’s a new play area to explore and there’ll also be activities especially for children. Find out more about Sydney Gardens

Further information on Voi e-scooters

There are two types of Voi e-scooters on trial in Bath:

a) Long-term monthly rental e-scooters – can operate on any route suitable for e-scooters within the trial area (now 8 square miles in Bath) and are often used by regular commuters. These e-scooters can be used to travel to and from Claverton Down, via any of the hills and via any campus entrance, and have been available for some time.

b) ‘Hop-on, hop-off’ e-scooters which users pay for on a ‘per use’ basis – the geographical restrictions (‘geofencing’) for these e-scooters is different to the monthly rental scooters. The extension announced on 6th October now enables hop-on, hop-off e-scooters to operate to and from campus, although only via Widcombe Hill. Hop-on, hop-off e-scooters operate from 06.00 – 22.00.

Any problems should be reported, along with the e-scooter reference number, via the Report a Voi page, and the Voi operations team will take swift action. The University will continue to encourage safe and considerate behaviour, and the Voi Safety Pledge confirms that Voi will reward good behaviour and are prepared to take corrective actions with unsafe riders. Some residents have expressed concern about e-scooters being ridden in pedestrian areas and/or parked inconsiderately. We have relayed those concerns to Voi who confirmed that they will be discussed with B&NES, who are monitoring the trial.

Voi Scooters

As part of local efforts to reduce car use, ease pressure on the buses and offer a sustainable means of travel, with effect from Thursday 6th October, the Voi scooter trial zone is being expanded to Bath University’s Claverton Down campus. It will then be possible to travel to the University by Voi scooter via Widcombe Hill.

All users are strongly encouraged to wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, and the University tell us they are working closely with B&NES and Voi to promote safety messages, as well as communicating safety messages to students. 

Scooters will be geofenced to restrict where and when they can operate and will cease working at 10pm each day.

Should any problems arise, for example a misplaced scooter or instances of misuse, these can be reported via the Report a Voi page which is monitored by the Voi operations team so that they can take swift action.