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 www.bathworldheritage.org.uk/events.

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:
Regards
Cath
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.

ART Pass for the Edge @ Bath University

ART PASS

A brand-new initiative exclusively for residents of Bath living in BA1 and BA2 postcodes. The Art Pass entitles members to a range of benefits and is FREE to sign up to, allowing residents to get the best out of visiting Bath’s premier arts and creativity hub.

Benefits include;
FREE hot drink in The Edge Cafe
FREE monthly coffee mornings & events
FREE exhibition tours & campus walks
FREE room use for Bath community groups
FREE or discounted workshops with visiting & associate artists

Please note: This membership is not open to University of Bath students

SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE ART PASS ONLINE or ring 01225 386777

BRSLI 23rd Feb. 2:00- 4:00 pm Bath issues – housing, transport & pollution

Wera Hobhouse, our MP,   is inviting members of Resident’s Associations to join her for a Bath Briefing.

Here’s her invitation… Please contact her office if you would like to attend.

We face a multitude of challenges over the coming years. Bath already has serious issues with transport and pollution, and housing. These will be become even more acute over the coming years; projections show growth in student numbers and tourist numbers, alongside a growing population and business growth.

 There are many of us who are working to ensure our city remains a beautiful place to live and work, and I think it is tremendously important that, in our deliberations, we have the most accurate information possible. To this end I am arranging a Bath Briefing, where I have asked key stakeholders from the Universities, from business, from tourism, from public transport, and from the Council, to share their projections for the future with us, residents and campaigners.

 I would like to invite you to this event on Friday 23rd February, between 2pm and 4pm, at BRSLI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN. I have asked speakers to talk for about 10 minutes around their projections for the future and then to take questions from the floor.

Robin Kerr from FOBRA has kindly offered to sum up the event, because I am asking groups and campaigners to get together to look at how communities, the city, and the areas surrounding Bath, should respond to the challenges ahead. I will do my best to be available to assist in this process.

Please contact Wera Hobhouse’s office because places will be limited. RSVP to office@werahobhouse.co.ukIf you have any questions, please contact  Matt McCabe tel:07711 047267 

Plans for new School of Management at Bath University

Bath University is planning to spend £70 million on a new School of Management building to be built opposite the sports Centre on the main entrance to the University. B&NES council is supporting the plan.

They are having a local consultation on their plans before they apply for planning permission on Tuesday 13 February 2018 5.00 – 7.30pm in the Chancellors’ Building, Level 2 Foyer, University of Bath, Claverton Down.

Please see the following for details – School of Management consultation letter 050218 (1)