We will be holding our AGM at St, Mary’s Church hall on Thursday March 21st from 7:00 to 9:30. the agenda will be published closer to the time.
The AGM itself will hopefully be brief, but we have also invited our councillors to answer you questions. We will serve wine and soft drinks and light refreshments and there will be plenty of time to chat and get to know new neighbours.
Please invite any new comers to the Hill as well as reminding those who have lived here longer.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
Our Open Gardens will be on 16th June from 2:00 – 5:00pm, it will be on whatever the weather.
We will be collecting donations for DHI, our chosen local charity, at the tea which will be at Old Apple, Bathwick Hill ( close to White lodge up hill bus stop )
Numbers 19, 6 and 5 Bathwick Hill have very kindly volunteered to open their gardens. Access is from Madeira walk.
For more details & our news click on link BHRA newsletter May 18
Please take note of our GDPR request on the last page.
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:
• Combe Down
• Odd Down
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:
Team Manager-(Licensing and Environmental Protection)
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Telephone: 01225 477645
Facsimile: 01225 477596
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.