Time Running Out for Two Tunnels Decision

The Council’s Cabinet member responsible for transport has been accused of putting the Two Tunnels shared path project at risk by delaying a decision on the Council’s support package, including £396,000 in capital funding.

Cllr Paul Crossley (Southdown), Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, has written to the Cabinet member responsible for this decision to urge him to approve the funding. Cllr Crossley said:

This is an amazing project and it is right that the Council should support it. The Lib Dems want to see the tunnels brought back to life as a new cycle way into and out of the city. The delay in approving the Council package of involvement for the project is putting the whole scheme at risk. It’s time for the dithering to stop.

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Have your say about play at Sand Pits, Monksdale Rd

Thanks to the efforts of Mrs Dixon and Cllr Dixon (Lib Dem, Walcot) the Council is planning improve play facilities for children and young people at Sand Pits play park, Monksdale Road, Oldfield Park, Bath.

Local children and young people together with their families are invited to find out more and put forward their views at an open event on Friday August 7, from 2 – 5pm.

Mrs and Cllr Dixon together with us, Council Officers, the play park designers and the Police will be there to talk about the scheme and gather the views of as many local children and young people (and their families), as possible, to help develop ideas about the design of the park.

The investment into Sand Pits play park is part of £2.5 million investment across the area to encourage more children and young people to play outside safely in their own communities.

We are looking forward to showing these proposals to the local community and listening to their feedback. The Sand Pits has long been in need of some attention, it is a well used park with people from all over the city visiting.

Anyone unable to attend but interested in the improvements is invited to take a look at the Facebook group: ‘I love the Sand Pits!’.

For more information about the Play Pathfinder project in Bath & North East Somerset contact pathfinder_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk, tel 08000 731214 or visit www.bathnes.gov.uk and select pages on Play Out, Hang Out.

PACT meeting – July 2008

Around 20 local residents and owners of business from Moorland Road attended the recent Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting on the 9th July 2008.

These residents and local business leaders spoke about their concerns and issues in Oldfield Park.

The panel member who attended this meeting included your local councillors, the local Police team, a representative of Somer Community Housing and an officer from the Council who listened to the comments and suggestions for the priorities that should be taken up.

The resulting priorities agreed upon my local residents and business representatives were:

1) Securing a youth shelter for the Sandpits play park;

2) Poor maintenance of gardens by students and / or their landlords in HMOs / privately rented housing; and

3) Refuse and recycling placed out for collection on the pavement all through the week rather than one the specified day especially in HMOs / privately rented housing.

The previous public priorities were:

March 2008

1) Tackling general misuse of the Shaftesbury Road Memorial Gardens;

2) Reviewing parking and driveways on the Moorfields Estate; and

3) Providing facilities, such as youth clubs for children and teenagers in the area.

November 2007

1) Levels of car crime – criminal damage to vehicles in Monksdale Road;

2) Litter – increase road sweeping;

3) Speeding in Third Avenue, Monksdale Road and Hillside Road.

All the partners are now working on how these issues can be tackled and resolved.

Currently no date has been set for the next meeting but it will take place again at 6:30 p.m. at St Alphages Church, Oldfield Lane, Oldfield Park, Bath.

All members of the public are welcome to attend the next meeting.