Further information on Voi e-scooters

There are two types of Voi e-scooters on trial in Bath:

a) Long-term monthly rental e-scooters – can operate on any route suitable for e-scooters within the trial area (now 8 square miles in Bath) and are often used by regular commuters. These e-scooters can be used to travel to and from Claverton Down, via any of the hills and via any campus entrance, and have been available for some time.

b) ‘Hop-on, hop-off’ e-scooters which users pay for on a ‘per use’ basis – the geographical restrictions (‘geofencing’) for these e-scooters is different to the monthly rental scooters. The extension announced on 6th October now enables hop-on, hop-off e-scooters to operate to and from campus, although only via Widcombe Hill. Hop-on, hop-off e-scooters operate from 06.00 – 22.00.

Any problems should be reported, along with the e-scooter reference number, via the Report a Voi page, and the Voi operations team will take swift action. The University will continue to encourage safe and considerate behaviour, and the Voi Safety Pledge confirms that Voi will reward good behaviour and are prepared to take corrective actions with unsafe riders. Some residents have expressed concern about e-scooters being ridden in pedestrian areas and/or parked inconsiderately. We have relayed those concerns to Voi who confirmed that they will be discussed with B&NES, who are monitoring the trial.

Voi Scooters

As part of local efforts to reduce car use, ease pressure on the buses and offer a sustainable means of travel, with effect from Thursday 6th October, the Voi scooter trial zone is being expanded to Bath University’s Claverton Down campus. It will then be possible to travel to the University by Voi scooter via Widcombe Hill.

All users are strongly encouraged to wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, and the University tell us they are working closely with B&NES and Voi to promote safety messages, as well as communicating safety messages to students. 

Scooters will be geofenced to restrict where and when they can operate and will cease working at 10pm each day.

Should any problems arise, for example a misplaced scooter or instances of misuse, these can be reported via the Report a Voi page which is monitored by the Voi operations team so that they can take swift action.

FOBRA Winter Reception – November 16th

Wednesday 16th November between 6.30pm and 9pm

The Elim Church, Charlotte Street, Bath, BA1 2ND

 Drinks and canapes will be served.

FOBRA suggest a voluntary donation of £15 per guest to help cover the costs of holding the event which is an opportunity to meet our Councillors and other stakeholders across the city. 

 Please RSVP by 2ndNovember 2022 to Sylvia Sinclair our secretary, sylviasinclair123@gmail.com

Tributes to the Queen

Bath and North East Somerset

A book of condolences at the Guildhall will be available from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 4.30pm on Friday and Saturday. It will be open until 5pm on the day following the funeral.

Floral tributes and candles may be left at parade gardens. Follow the link for more information.

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/hm-queen-elizabeth-ii

University of Bath

Books of condolence available in the Chaplaincy in 3 East now and another will open from 10am on Monday 12th September in the library foyer. These will remain open for messages until the day after the funeral.

Floral tributes may be laid in the Jubilee Garden just south of the Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering 4 East South.

Volunteers sought for the BIG RAKE at Smallcombe Cemetery Sunday 21st August from 10am

The council team have strimmed the grass in the cemetery and we want to rake it up to encourage the growth of wildflowers for the future. We are planning a community raking session for SUNDAY 21 August from 10 am until we run out of energy. You need to bring a hat, gardening gloves, water, snack, drink, and a rake if you have one. NOTE there is no vehicular access or parking at the cemetery.

Please join us.  Children welcome.  

It would be helpful if you would let us know if you are coming:

Smallcombegardeningvolunteers@gmail.com

Read about our beautiful neighbourhood resource at

Www.Smallcombegardencemetery.org

BUS CONVERSATION

Buses in the West of England are facing many challenges. A critical shortage of bus drivers, passenger numbers 25% down on pre-pandemic levels, spiralling inflation and all covid financial assistance will end in October. This will mean bus cuts in the short term. 

On the positive side WECA has secured £105 million for bus services in the region – the second highest in the country – which will kick in next year. 

This Summer the Combined Authority is holding a “Network Review” of all bus services.   There will be four public events in the first week of August and also a survey.  The closing date for the survey is 31st August 2022.

Big Choices on Buses – West of England Combined Authority (westofengland-ca.gov.uk)