Canal Open day Bath Deep water Lock 8th Dec. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Open Day: Bath Deep Lock

The second winter open day showcases our second deepest lock in the country. An impressive spectacle not to be missed.

Event details

 
 8 December 2018 
 10:00am – 4:00pm
 Bath
 Kennet & Avon Canal
 

Address

 
Bath Deep Locks 8/9 Rossiter Road/Pulteney Rd (South)
Bath
BA2 4FA
 

Created in 1976, Locks 8 and 9 were merged, creating the second deepest lock in the country. The chamber is a whopping 19ft 5ins deep – that’s nearly six metres. 

Works taking place here in December will include replacement of the towpath side timber quoin, replacing old cills, cutting down mitre and refitting gates. 

This open day invites you down to not only see this amazing lock along the Kennet & Avon Canal, but be privy to some behind the scenes improvements. 

As well as learning about the wildlife in the area – kingfishers and herons are regularly seen here – there will be a chance to make some bat and bird boxes for homemade Christmas gifts and learn about important water safety work taking place in Bath.  There will also be actors from Natural Theatre Company bringing the characters of the canal’s past to life.

For further information see CRT website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/open-days

Christmas rubbish collections and garden waste

As you will know Garden waste collections have been suspended. the next collection we will have on Bathwick Hill will be on 29th January. We understand that Christmas trees can be put out that week.

There will be no collections Christmas day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.  We will be notified of our Christmas collection times either by bin hangers on our general waste wheelie bins, or black bag holders will be notified by letter next week.

You can check collection times on www.bathnes.gov.uk/checkcollection

B&NES are also encouraging us to recycle and reduce waste over Christmas, more information can be found on the B&NES web site

Post Office move to WH Smiths

In case you are unaware, the Post Office is planning to move to W H Smiths .

Briefly it will be open plan to the right of the first floor accessible by lift, escalators or stairs. For the disabled there will be access to the shop via a ramp and automatic doors.

For disabled customers there will be a designated till point at the ground floor retail counter as required. These arrangements would enable customer access to all of the services normally available upstairs except for a small number of high value services such as business banking and foreign currency.

Directional signage will be provided from the entrance door through to the new Post Office area. There will be six serving positions, which has been based on current and forecast future business levels; four open plan positions and two traditional screened position which will also provide travel money services. Open plan serving positions are successfully used across the Post Office network, as an alternative to the more traditional positions and still have a partitioned screen but this is lower, helping to provide for a more personal service and discreet conversations when needed. Additionally, there will be five self-service kiosks for mails transactions including home shopping returns, E Top-Ups, and a range of bill payments.

For further information and tom complete the consultation please follow this link : www.postofficeviews.co.uk and search for Bath. Click on the With of Bath proposal letter at the bottom of the page for the proposal.

We understand HMRC are removing the contract for passport checking from the post office counters ltd. so this service will not be available.

Meeting about the bus service 6th Dec. 7:30 pm

Open meeting with Managing director, First buses West England. Mr. Beezely, of Beech Avenue Residents Association, has been very active in working to get the bus service through Bath reinstated, as part of this, he arranged this meeting with James Freeman.

As you know First are now planning  to change the bus service so the route goes through Bath via North Parade and Manvers st. from 6th Jan 2019.

However James Freeman has decided to go ahead with meeting so he can find out what other concerns there are in the community. This is open to all residents, it is an opportunity for you to voice your concerns, so please come along.

Claverton Down Community Hall – Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7:30pm

Planned changes to U1 bus service

From 6th Jan.2019. First plan to reinstate the U1 bus service through Bath. The U1 will operate via Dorchester Street, Manvers Street, Orange Grove, Grand Parade and North Parade heading towards the University and via North Parade, Manvers Street and Dorchester Street heading away from the University.

The no. 10 will stop operating as it will not longer be necessary.

The 6th January date is the earliest possible date because 10 weeks’ notice for service changes are required by Department for Transport rules.

Please find below a link to an announcement regarding the University bus service.

https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/uni-bus-update/

 

 

Clean Air Zone Consultation to Nov. 26th

B&NES are proposing a Clean Air zone in the centre of Bath, Matt Cochrane gave us some background information on this at our Autumn Event last Thursday.

Today you should have received a card with your post from B&NES outlining the proposed CAZ. You have a chance to comment on this online on www.bathnes.gov.uk/breathe, or you can go to the One Stop Shop or the Library to complete the survey.

The general consensus in the meeting was that the CAZ needs to be extended to include the A36 from Pulteney Rd along Sydney Place to the Beckford Rd junction with North Rd to prevent our area being used as a rat run. Matt says that Sydney place and Gt. Pulteney St. want to be included in the CAZ.

Matt has says to change the boundary of the clean air zone it is important we all respond to the consultation. The BHRA committee can also write, but individual responses are needed to reinforce our position. We believe that it is important that we avoid becoming a rat run as traffic and pollution on the hill is already a problem. I hope you all agree.

 

 

 

Autumn Event 18th October & Newsletter

Our Autumn event is on 18th October, we hope many of you will be able to attend it will be a chance to discuss current issues affecting us with Matt, our councillor.

In particular the new bus services and routes and how that affects you. Also the closing of the Tesco car park and plans for the land.

We will serve drinks and light refreshments and have a raffle. It would useful for numbers if you can let us know if you plan to come. Entry is £5 per head. Any excess income after we have paid expenses for event will go to our chosen charity DHI.

Please read our newsletter for details and all the latest news.

BHRA newsletter letter Sept 2018

News from the Bath university

The University will have an open day on the 15th Sept.

Term starts and the students return on the 22nd – 23rd Sept.

Also they have appointed a new vice chancellor Professor Ian White.

Following meetings of Senate and Council held yesterday (Monday 3 September 2018), Professor Ian H White FREng has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath.

Professor White is currently van Eck Professor of Engineering and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and Master of Jesus College.

 

Bus Service changes

Here is a summary of how we understand our bus services are changing in September. 

Changes to Bathwick Hill Bus services

U1 University Bus : From 2nd September the U1 bus route will change. It will run the same frequency as it currently does.

The U1 bus will stop continue to stop at stops on Bathwick Hill, but will then go  along Pulteney Street to Rossiter Road, where it will stop near the Half Penny bridge for access to the train station and Widcombe, it will cross Churchill bridge and stop at Corn Street by the Avon Street car park.

The return journey will be the same route. It will run on the holiday timetable until the last week of September when the Term time timetable is reinstated.

No. 10 Bus a new service from 3rd September will run every half hour going to the Abbey on the current route. Running every 30 minutes.

into Bath from the University the first bus leaves at 9:00.last bus departs at 17:00

From Bath, Guildhall the first Bus leaves at 9:16 and the last bus leaves at 17:46.

Click link for first time table or pick one up on a bus.First bus services on Bathwick Hill

Other bus services you can use

 734 runs Monday to Friday from the Cleveland walk stop to Grand parade at 9:42, 11:38 and 14:48 it goes along Gt. Pultney Street to the Guildhall.

The Return journey departs by the Guildhall at 09:51, 11:46 and 14:56 and goes through Bathwick and up North Road stopping at the Cleveland walk stop.

94 to Trowbirdge  From Guildhall in Bath 10:08, 12:08, 14:08, 16:16 17:48

To Guildhall stop at Cleveland walk at 08:03, 09:56, 11:56, 13:56 16:01

Please note there are two other services of this bus a day that do not appear to stop on Bathwick Hill.

Further information at https://travelwest.info/bus/maps-routes

 

The  Sight Seeing Bus

If you live near the University and have a bus pass you can use it to travel up North Road to the junction with Bathwick Hill, departing from Bog Island.  You are only allowed to sit down stairs. Do not try to get on at the Abbey as that takes you all the way around Bath.

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 www.bathnes.gov.uk/residentsparkingsaver<http://tracking.vuelio.co.uk/tracking/click?d=OwCITtoTBYky2WaS4b3pIJQnGER3wiLMPWFW9i-pAgpUQEmpO4jljjzdj-SnggsJJZizdf_C7-pjC-Vv2iuyCmvzwsYMVNNDCgi4-YGN9HrVgJDXjYY-zhGGUJItmZ8Zt6mgwrRb8RuXMiwVL8UsAD01>.
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.”