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.
As we postponed our AGM we are now conducting the basics activities required remotely. Please read our AGM letter attached.
BHRA AGM letter June 2020
Open reach is planning works this week on the upper part of Bathwick Hill near Smallcombe House which will cause traffic delays.
Our councillor has sent us this :
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.
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.
There has been an attempted robbery on Bathwick Hill. The burglar entered through an unlocked door but was discovered by the residents who alerted the police. Fortunately no harm done.
Make sure you keep your doors locked particularly if you are out in the garden.
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
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