NT Bathwick Fields

Just to let you know the new NT ranger, Joe, is keeping an eye on activities on the fields. He tries to get a litter-picking team there once a week and is planning to put up a NO BBQ notice.

He is also looking to reinstate notices that show the location of nearest bins are to the exits from the fields.  We have been asked why there are no bins on the fields, this is because of the logistics and costs of emptying them.

Gates on the fields are propped open where possible to reduce the spread of Covid-19, as there is currently no live stock in the fields.

Important Message – planning

Current planning applications have been updated look at the Planning tab on main page.

We are particularly concerned about actives at 2, Bathwick Hill and will be raising this with the council, however it is important that you make your own concerns known to them.

There is an events business being run from Cumberland Villa, No 2 Bathwick Hill.

It is advertised for parties and events on the website https://www.always-sunday.com/ and it seems has been hosting events since 2019 without permission for a change of use. This means that there was no opportunity for public comment or scrutiny.

The Bathwick Hill Resident’s Association plan to write to BANES about this as we wish to preserve the hill as a residential area. We are aware of the issues in other parts of Bath regarding “airbnb” party houses and the problems this creates for residents. If we are not vigilant this activity at  Cumberland Villa, 2 Bathwick Hill will create a precedent.

Recently you may have been aware of loud music which seemed to come from Darlington Place. It seems that this was actually music played outside at Cumberland Villa which through a curious acoustic effect was bouncing off the stone fronts of the houses on Darlington Place.

If you have any concerns about this please communicate with BANES individually as this will be more persuasive than just one letter from the association. Communications should be addressed to:-

Ms Lisa Bartlett – Director of Development and Public Protection,

Bath & North East Somerset Council,

Lewis House,

Manvers Street,

Bath BA1 1JG

 Email:-  Lisa_Bartlett@bathnes.gov.uk   That is an underscore between Lisa and Bartlett!

 If you are bothered by the noise please would you keep records using the link below to download a form. This could be useful in future if a change of use is granted.


Garden waste collections resume in Bath and North East Somerset

Bath & North East Somerset Council is restarting fortnightly garden waste collections on Monday 27 April after the service was temporarily paused due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This means next collection on Bathwick Hill is 5th May, as we have a black bin collection on the 28th April.

Residents will receive extra green waste collections before they are asked to renew, to make up for missed collections. Existing garden waste stickers will now be valid until 18 July 2020 to make up for the missed collections.

Recycling centres will remain shut, and you cannot order new or replacement bins.



Scams have increased, please be aware

There are many scams at the moment, the latest is :

Residents receive a call with an automated voice saying “All citizens must wear a face mask, press 1 to order”. The call apparently sounds very convincing, stating that the government has instructed them to wear a facemask and to use the buttons on their phone to make a purchase. There are three numbers identified so far – 01255 584019, 01225 584057 and 01225 584054.

If you receive any such emails please be very careful, you can check on www.bathnes.gov.uk or www.gov.uk for information on scams and also you can report any scams to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline: 0808 223 1133. It has links to the government office of Fair Trading and the local council trading standards.



B&NES request : Please do not have bonfires

Bath and NE Somerset Council is asking residents not to have bonfires at present in order to prevent any chest problems for residents in their vicinity.
Garden waste collections have unfortunately been suspended due to staffing problems including the reallocation of  Council staff  to tasks related to tackling the pandemic locally.
This link is quite useful and has a quote from the Council leader about it

New Compassionate Community telephone hub to help vulnerable residents

If you need help please call the Community telephone hub.

The telephone number is 0300 2470050.

Please note the lines will not be open until Monday March 30 and please understand we may experience high call volumes and ask you to bear with us during this time. The line will be open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm initially with the aim of expanding it to seven days a week from 8am to 8pm as the service develops.

The Compassionate Community telephone hub will see teams from partners including Virgin Care, Bath & North East Somerset Council and the NHS come together to work with 3SG, who are co-ordinating the efforts of third sector groups and volunteers to help people who are most in need with food, mental health, wellbeing and welfare.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should not be in one of the vulnerable groups: over 70, under 70 with particular medical conditions, and pregnant women or be living in the same household as someone else who meets any of the above criteria. They should also not be experiencing any symptoms similar to Covid-19 including a fever or continuous cough.

For more information : https://www.3sg.org.uk


From the council – Rubbish collections

Please do not report missed collections, as we are currently unable to return to pick them up. If the rubbish and recycling for your whole road has not been collected on your usual day, please take your bins, boxes and bags back inside your home, and put them out for your next scheduled collection day.

Garden waste collection update due to Coronavirus

There will be no garden waste collections for the next 3 weeks.

We regret that we are not able to issue refunds for these missed collections, but we will update you on your options, as the situation progresses. It is not our intention for residents to lose out.

We are not currently taking new orders for replacement garden bins, until further notice. We will try to deliver outstanding orders, but there may be a delay.

Following government regulations issued on 23 March 2020, recycling centres are currently closed until further notice. Please bear with us, and keep your garden waste at home until we are able to lift restrictions.