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.

 

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.”

Newsletter & Open Gardens

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.

Thank you.

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

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)

Defibrillator Awareness Seminar

A defibrillator has recently been installed at the outside entrance to the church hall and office at the bottom of the hill by The Community Heartbeat Trust, intended to be a facility for the whole community.
 An awareness seminar and demonstration is due to be held at the church on Saturday the 3rd March 10am. This is useful to all who live in the vicinity.
I have more information on the website and the Bathwick News Facebook group page.
A reply using the form attached on the website (https://bathwickparishes.org/6897-2/) would help to collect numbers of those who can come