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Sign up for discounted parking in Bath for residents

A message from Matt Cochrane our councillor :
As you may be aware we’ve been working hard to lessen the burden for those living in Bath to travel and park within the city. Of course public transport is the preferred option but, on July 30th, residents who are registered for council tax will be able to register for a 10% discount in almost all council run car parks and on street parking in Bath.
There is a handy video in the press release below showing how to set it up, and the App is easy and quick to use to pay for your parking.
Bath &North East Somerset Council is changing the card payment pads on meters in Charlotte Street, Manvers Street, Avon Street and Kingsmead Square car parks.
Due to current Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security compliance standards the council is required to remove the existing chip and pin facility and replace it with contactless payment.
From Monday July 30 work will start to change the payment pads, which will take up to three days to complete. Once finished, it means there will be two meters in Avon Street which will accept cards (contactless), one in Manvers Street, one in Kingsmead Square and two in Charlotte Street. The remaining machines will still accept coins but not cards.
All updated machines will have cash and contactless card payments and because of an upgrade to the network the contactless payment transactions will be quicker using 3G which means they should be successful first time.
However the council is encouraging drivers to ditch cash and card and switch to the MiPermit app which means drivers can even pay for their parking before setting off or pay from the comfort of their own car when they pull into a space – avoiding having to queue at a meter.
On Monday July 30 residents with a MiPermit account will be able to add the Residents’ Parking Saver discount to their account. This means that residents will be ready to take advantage of the 10% reduction in daily parking charges when the new Residents’ Parking Saver discount  is launched on 13th August.  More information about the Residents’ Parking Saver discount is available at<>.
MiPermit also allows drivers to top-up their parking,  up to the maximum time available, if they think they are about to run out of time and risk a parking ticket. People using the app will see a 10p transaction charge, to cover administration costs. The fee is in line with most authorities and cheaper than others.
To help members of the public Bath & North East Somerset Council car park staff will be available from Thursday to Sunday during the peak times for card transactions in Avon Street and Charlotte Street car parks to help motorists if they have any payment issues and to show them how easy the MiPermit app is.
The changes mean chip and pin won’t be available in those four car parks until later in the year when the option will become available.”

More about Bus Service changes

James Freeman from First attended the University local Forum meeting last night. He talked about the change to the U1 route, and the introduction of the number 10 route.

In summary from Sept. 2nd, the U1 will run from Corn Street stopping on Rossiter Street near the footbridge to the railway station, and avoiding the town centre. This is to improve the efficiency of the service for the students, the main users of the service. He made the point that this is a commercial route, is not subsidised and as bus services are deregulated he can do this. First are also anticipating the clean air zone in the Bath City centre, so the change will reduce pollution in the centre of Bath, and First are upgrading its fleet to EURO 6 engines.

We can continue to use the U1 service but the only stop in Bath will be Corn Street. However First recognised that this leaves residents of Bathwick Hill who are less mobile with a long walk to the library, Post Office and top end of the town centre. In response to objections First will introduce the 10 service from the 16th September. This will go from the Uni into Bath via North Parade and the Abbey then return back up the Hill. It will run every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 17:30 on Monday to Friday. Return tickets will cost £2.50 return, and students can use the service with their bus passes, but will not get a reduced fare otherwise.

Currently all the residents associations, and FoBRA are objecting and campaigning for First to route some U1 buses on the old route, particularly at times when the 10 won’t be running. Also we are concerned at the lack of suitable bus shelters on the new route, but this is a matter for the Council.

James Freemen will be at  Wera Hobhouse’s meeting at St. Mary’s Bathwick Church Hall, tomorrow night . If you want to comment or hear more about it please come along, click on link for details: Meeting 26:07:18

Change to U1 bus services

First have applied to the council to change the U1 bus service from September 2nd so it only stops at Corn Street in town and crosses Churchill Bridge, the next stop being in Widcombe close the the railway bridge for access to the railway station.

James Freeman at First says this change in service is to reduce pollution in Dorchester street, Manvers street and the centre of Bath.

We and the other affected Resident’s association have objected strongly, as have David Martin for the Lib Dems and Matt Cochrane our local councillor.

The Federation of Bath residents Associations is discussing this at their meeting tonight. We have made it clear that we strongly object to the change to FoBRA, Mr. Freeman at First and Matt Cochrane. A compromise which would have a limited number of U1’s going through Bath is being suggested. We understand that Widcombe Residents Association also object to the change of route.

There will be a meeting at St. Mary’s Bathwick Church Hall on 26th July from 7:00 to 9:30 pm to meet Wera Hobhouse, our MP, and Mr Freeman from First will be there.

Click on link for details : Meeting 26:07:18

Newsletter & Open Gardens

Our Open Gardens will be on 16th June from 2:00 – 5:00pm, it will be on whatever the weather.

We will be collecting donations for DHI, our chosen local charity, at the tea which will be at Old Apple, Bathwick Hill ( close to White lodge up hill bus stop )

Numbers 19, 6 and 5 Bathwick Hill have very kindly volunteered to open their gardens. Access is from Madeira walk.

For more details & our news click on link BHRA newsletter May 18

Please take note of our GDPR request on the last page.

Thank you.

World Heritage Day 22nd April

World Heritage Day celebrations in Bath

Roman soldiers will set up camp outside Bath’s Royal Crescent as part of this year’s World Heritage Day celebrations, which will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018, 11am-3pm in Royal Victoria Park. Visitors will be able to enjoy Roman military re-enactments by The Ermine Street Guard and explore their camp throughout the day. There will be special demonstrations of Roman weaponry and manoeuvres at 11.30am and 2pm.

 Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “Having a Roman re-enactment in front of the Georgian Royal Crescent provides a perfect link between the two historical eras that put Bath on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This should be a fun day out for people of all ages, and a great opportunity to celebrate and discover more about our city’s amazing heritage.”

 No.1 Royal Crescent will be offering free entry to Bath and North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card on the day. Costumed characters will welcome visitors and there will be a chance to handle original Georgian objects. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy will have a stand at the event, where space enthusiasts of all ages will be able to view the sun through a solar telescope, take part in fun, space-themed activities, and even dress up as famous Georgian astronomers William and Caroline Herschel.

 To appreciate one of Bath’s Georgian gems, visitors will be invited to explore the Assembly Rooms, which opened in 1771 to offer entertainment for fashionable visitors to the spa city. The rooms will be open free of charge from 10.30am to 5pm.

 The Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides will be leading free walks around the Upper Town and shorter guided strolls along the Royal Crescent. A short walking trail designed by a Bath Spa University Heritage Management student will also be piloted during the day. Copies of the trail will be available from the World Heritage stand. 

 As well as celebrating Bath’s past, World Heritage Day will look to the future, with a chance to hear the latest news from major heritage projects in the city. Teams from the Archway Project, Bath Abbey Footprint and Cleveland Pools Trust will be at the event with displays about their plans.

 Elsewhere in the city, Sydney Gardens will host a special Community Day (2-5pm) with activities and stalls and a chance to find out about plans for the park’s development.

 Admission to the World Heritage Day event is free. For full details please visit

The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Bath is one of only two cities in Europe for which the entire urban area has World Heritage Status (the other is Venice).

The six reasons why Bath was designated as a World Heritage Site are: the Roman remains, the hot springs, the 18th-century architecture, the 18th-century town planning, the green setting of the city, and the social setting of the 18th-century spa resort.

Have your say on improving HMO properties in Bath City

The council is having an important consultation in Bath and North East Somerset. We would appreciate your views and if you have not already done so, to complete the survey. If you have already completed the survey, please ignore this email. 
Bath and North East Somerset Council wants to ensure the safety and good management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that are privately rented within the Bath City area.
The Council wants to encourage a choice of housing in the district including affordable housing and ensure minimum legal standards are met.  However the current HMO licensing scheme and a recent stock survey has shown that many HMO properties require an improvement of conditions and management to achieve this.
Therefore, the Council are consulting on a proposal to introduce Additional (HMO) Licensing to certain types of HMO properties across the whole of Bath City.
Please give us your views
To view full details of the proposal and supporting documents, please click here.
On the webpage, please click on the link to the survey to give us your views on the proposal. 
M·E·L Research is running the consultation on behalf of Bath and North East Somerset Council. The consultation is running for 10 weeks from the 16th March 2018 to 25th May 2018.

Arre you pestered by Gulls? If so you may get help from the council

A message forwarded by our councillor, Matt Cochcrane.
You will be aware that Cabinet have agreed further funding for gull treatments for this and future years.
Having completed a full and transparent tendering process the contract for the treatments has been awarded to NBC Environment, who had previously delivered the programme in 2016 and 2017.
This is the 3rd year of a wider programme and in response to concerns about displacement of gulls, the scope of the programme has been extended this year.  The wards which are eligible for free treatments are:
•        Abbey
•        Kingsmead
•        Bathwick
•        Combe Down
•        Kingsmead
•        Lyncombe
•        Newbridge
•        Oldfield
•        Odd Down
•        Southdown
•        Twerton
•        Widcombe
•        Westmoreland
In addition to the above we will be treating Council owned buildings (e.g. the Guildhall) and the former Welton Bibby Factory in Midsomer Norton.
Please could you direct any enquiries to our dedicated webpage where customers can find out how to contact our contractor, NBC Environment and register an interest for a treatment.  There are also a number of FAQ’s on this page which I hope you find helpful.  The link can be found here:
Cathryn Brown
Team Manager-(Licensing and Environmental Protection)
Environmental Services
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Telephone: 01225 477645
Facsimile: 01225 477596

Colin Martin


Sue has asked me to let those of you who knew Colin, that he passed away on Monday 5t February at Cranhill Nursing Home after a long illness.
Colin stepped in as chairman of  BHRA on a temporary basis, when we were on the verge of folding due to lack of volunteers for the committee and stayed for 5 years. He stepped down in 2015 due to ill health. He and Sue West his partner lived in Sydney Wharf for many years and worked hard to support BHRA and attended all our events, despite his health problems. He was full of life, took a keen interest in several local community projects and was a well known and liked member of the Bathwick hill community as well as a staunch supporter of Bath Rugby.
Colin’s funeral is at Haycombe Crematorium on Monday 26 Feb at 12.15, and afterwards at The Globe.  It will be a strictly non-religious ceremony, with no hymn singing, according to his wishes.
No flowers thank you, but donations if wished to The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust c/o Funeral Directors G Mannings.
Sue has said it would give her great pleasure and comfort if Colin’s old friends from Bathwick Hill can join her on February 26th.