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
If you go on to www.gov.uk there is up to date information and you can request email alerts on any changes.
Hope you are all keeping well and remembering your neighbours who may need help.
More posts about Covid-19 below…
Message from Julian House
The Bath & North East Somerset Homeless Partnership are meeting regularly to limit the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on rough sleepers and others in housing need. So far, rough sleepers are very aware of the risks, are keeping good hygiene and have access to hand sanitizer following an appeal by Julian House. There are opportunities for rough sleepers to self-isolate if needed.
At the time of writing, the biggest challenge is keeping services open when staff and volunteers are affected and need to self-isolate for 7-14 days. This is having an impact and the Julian House hostel on Manvers Street is being treated as a critical service. All services are working together, determined to keep supporting rough sleepers and those in housing need.
The Homeless Partnership continue to meet weekly and are responding to government guidance. They have put in place arrangements to ensure full and open communication between all the agencies involved, including a dedicated WhatsApp group.
Please continue to report rough sleepers via www.streetlink.org.uk but be assured that the Julian House, DHI and mental health team have all stepped up the frequency of outreach sessions and are out on the streets regularly.
If you have any questions, please direct them in the first instance to Roanne Wootten, Chair of the Homelessness Partnership on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please support the Julian House Coronavirus support fund so that they can undertake deep cleaning where necessary, hardship payments for those who have difficulties with their benefits and purchasing extra supplies of towels and bulk cleaning products. Phone credits so that they can help clients to stay in touch with support workers and health professionals. Plus anything else that will ease the impact on clients including food for clients who have to self-isolate.