Active travel scheme

You will have received a letter from B&NES regarding the proposed cycle lane on North and associated changes related to this.

Please can you reply to this on or

you can get a paper copy of the consultation by calling Council Connect 01225394041.

BHRA committee are meeting to discuss a response as we are concerned about the impact of increased traffic Bathwick Hill , but it is important that individuals respond.

The deadline  for responses is 21st March 2021

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chip Wednesdays with The Oyster Shell

While we can’t bring the van back just at the moment, we do have an option for anyone missing their weekly fish and chips fix.

The plan would be to do an early evening delivery up to Claverton Down Community Hall car park for collection at 4.30pm on a Wednesday from next week (24th Feb).

To avoid charging for delivery, we’d need a minimum of 10 orders, and people could just email their orders to by Tuesday evening, along with a full name and phone number, using the subject Claverton Delivery – Wednesday.
We can confirm on Tuesday evening/Weds morning by email that we have enough orders, and can take card or cash payment on collection.
The full shop menu can be viewed online, here →

4.30pm is obviously quite early, so if people would rather have a later delivery direct to their home, they can of course just order normally via the link above (just make sure you click on Tuesday & Wednesday Delivery) and The Oyster Shell can do individual deliveries. The delivery fee is £3.50 for that option.

Big thanks for the support to date and hope to see some of you again soon!
Dan and The Oyster Shell team x

proposed increases in parking charges in bath

To reduce pollution in Bath,  the council is proposing increasing parking charges in conjunction with other measures. The proposal would see a vehicle placed in a charging band according its recorded emissions with the DVLA.

The base price of a residents’ parking permit would remain at £100 a year with a second permit costing £160. Under the proposals four out of ten existing permits would continue to cost this amount.

Charges for higher polluting vehicles would increase by 5% for each subsequent emissions band. Diesel vehicles would be subject to an additional 25% surcharge in order to reduce NO2 emissions in the shortest possible time.

Where an emissions rating is not available, which includes vehicles registered before 2001, charges will be based on engine capacity on a similar sliding scale. Other proposed changes include:

• A 10p an hour increase in on-street parking charges each year for the next three years
• The removal of the 10p service charge for all on street parking stays when using the digital MiPermit, so the charge is the same as cash
• On-street parking tariffs and residents’ permit operating hours to be extended to include Sundays
• An increase in trade permit charges
• An increase in temporary parking suspension charges
• A review of medical permits – to include the introduction of digitised permits to counter misuse and an increase to bring the charge in-line with residents’ permits
• A review of hotel and guesthouse permits – to reallocate the parking to car parks and to include the introduction of digitised permits
• A review of the remaining small number of historic paper permits – with digital permits issued if renewal is authorised
• Residents’ parking visitor permit charges to be increased by 50p a day in year one with subsequent rises of 25p a day in years two and three.
• The introduction of half day paper visitor permits to support vulnerable residents unable to access the financial savings offered by digital permits.
• An increase in Bath Christmas Market coach parking management fees, rising by 25p on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 50p at weekends.
• The removal of the 10% discount for using MiPermit for residents as it disincentives the use of more sustainable forms of transport and encourages cars into the city centre

Revenue from the proposals will pay for their implementation and running costs with any surplus used to support the development of sustainable transport schemes across Bath and North East Somerset.

Full details of the proposals can be viewed by visiting:<>

Residents can check DVLA records to confirm their emissions, or engine capacity, online at<>

Plans for Cleveland bridge

From the Council :

In late 2019, Bath and North East Somerset Council made known the need to carry out essential structural refurbishment of Cleveland Bridge in Bath. The bridge is an important link for traffic crossing the River Avon and the refurbishment is necessary to maintain the transport network now and for the future.

With funding from the Department for Transport, works were originally intended to take place in summer 2020, but the wide ranging and severe impact of the COVID pandemic meant that we were unable to go ahead as planned at that time. However, we have been continuing to work on our plans in the background and can now update you on the next steps.

We will shortly be publishing important documents on our planning portal which outline how we will carry out work on this listed structure that is sympathetic to its historical significance. We will also be advertising temporary traffic regulation orders that are necessary to manage traffic during construction.

The plan is for work on the bridge to start mid April, under traffic signal control, before a full closure of the bridge in mid May for around twelve weeks. The further use of traffic signals will be needed up until the completion of the work which is expected to be in October. More details regarding programme will be on our project web page.


Council consultations

There are many consultations in the pipe line, we as a committee look at those that have an immediate effect on Bathwick Hill and respond where and as we think appropriate. We also work with FoBRA ( federation iff bath Residents’ Associations to respond on Bath wide issues such as these consultations.

However it is very important that individuals who object or support proposals also respond.

Budget consultation, respond by 20th January
City centre restrictions, which impacts everyone who goes into Bath, both now and when the current Covid laws are no longer in place. Respond by 31st January
The Local Plan Partial Update consultation respond by Feb 18th. needs to identify and allocate sites to deliver these much-needed homes in order to meet the 13,000 target on schedule. A list of proposed sites for allocation can be viewed in the consultation documents.
The Local Plan is scheduled for 2023, the council is carrying out a Partial Update to address urgent issues;
  • the climate and ecological emergencies,
  • housing land supply,
  • potential sites for non-residential development and Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
It’s also anticipated that shortly there will be requests for proposals for specific Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and  consultations on Active Travel schemes,

Bath Universities student arrangements

A message from Bath Uni Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Happy New Year – I hope that 2021 proves a better year for us all.

In view of recent government announcements I’d like to update you on the arrangements for students in this new year.

Under the national lockdown restrictions the majority of students across the UK are now expected to remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online.

It is important to note, however, that there are some limited exemptions within Government guidance that do allow students to return to their term-time accommodation, including for mental health reasons or to access suitable accommodation or study facilities. There are also some students who have stayed in Bath throughout the winter break, including care leavers and international students, and some had already returned before lockdown began.

At both Bath universities the majority of teaching and assessments will now take place online until at least mid-February and we are awaiting further guidance from the Government about what will happen after that.

The universities have made extensive preparations to deliver high quality learning and teaching online. A small number of courses, including those in healthcare related subjects and teacher training, are permitted to continue in-person teaching during lockdown. Any activities on campus will take place in line with Government rules and strictly following Covid secure measures, including the wearing of face-coverings, hand hygiene and social distancing.

Both universities have been supporting students remaining in Bath over the winter break.

In addition, until at least February 5, subject to Government review, both universities are continuing to take part in the asymptomatic lateral-flow testing programme which delivers rapid results to students and staff. You can find updates on this for the University of Bath and for Bath Spa University online.

Best wishes,    Bernie

Professor Bernie Morley,  Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost


B&NES Shared Vision

One Shared Vision is part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s response to the Covid crisis to address the wide-ranging impacts experienced across our community and how we ensure that our recovery and rebuilding helps us achieve a stronger, more resilient, fairer, greener, and by 2030, net zero place. For more information and the survey click on Link

Survey open until January 8th

Newsletter from Bath University

Below is the link to the Bath Uni newsletter, we have also had a message from from Prof. Bernie Morley , Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost : “Most Bath students have left for the Christmas vacation. Out of 18,500 enrolled students we think that up to 400 students may still be in Bath, although cannot be sure because many are in private accommodation. A minority of these would be on campus and the total includes both those on campus and in the city, and across undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.

A new webpage, published today sets out the arrangements for the phased return of students in the new year, in keeping with Government guidance, along with confirmation that the University will continue to take part in the Government’s programme of asymptomatic lateral flow testing after the winter break:

The newsletter linkUniversity of Bath Community eNews