Oldfield Snow Advice

SnowIn bad weather please check out these links for advice and local information:


Any school closures are listed on the Council Website – follow this link.


Keep updated

Check BBC Radio Bristol and The Bath and North East Somerset Council web-page for current updates.

Good Neighbours

Please call on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to check whether they need any help with snow clearing , shopping or collecting medication. Elderly and vulnerable people are eligible for a free home warmth check from the Council.

Waste and Recycling Collections

In the event it is not possible for the household waste and recycling collection to take place, please take your bins off the pavement (so they don’t cause an obstruction). Store them and put them out for next week’s collection.

Universities and Colleges

Any campus closures will be announced on the websites of City of Bath College; The University of Bath; and Bath Spa University.

BT to bring superfast broadband to Oldfield

Two months ago Cllr Will Sandry attended a briefing from BT about their plans to bring superfast broadband to parts of the City, including Oldfield Park. BT have now submitted planning applications to add a new fibre optic mini exchanges in cabinets beside roads across the City.

In our area, an application has been submitted for the cabinet to be installed  on Livingstone Road at its junction with Arlington Road, by the co-op car park.

You can read about the planning application here: http://planning.bathnes.gov.uk/PublicAccess/tdc/DcApplication/application_detailview.aspx?caseno=LII9BBCT0M900

And what BT says about its superfast broadband here: http://www.openreach-communications.co.uk/superfast/default.htm

If you have comments about this planning application, or any other planning application, please contact us.

Secondary School Consultation – Bath (and Keynsham)

The consultation on proposed changes to secondary schools in Bath (and Keynsham) was launched on 31st March. Copies of the consultation documents have been distributed to parents/ carers in all primary and secondary schools in Bath and Keynsham. All other schools in Bath & North East Somerset have also received copies of the documents.

The documents which set out the strategy, proposals for change, and details of consultation and decision making process and timetable are now availble on the council website and can be found via the following links:

Proposals and consultation documents for Bath Secondary Schools can be found here: http://consultations.bathnes.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/201218/3740517.1/pdf/-/Bath%20%20Consultation%20Document.pdf

Proposals and consultation documents for Keynsham can be found here: http://consultations.bathnes.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/201186/3740485.1/pdf/-/Keynsham%20Consultation%20Document.pdf

Bus Station Florists Proposed New Pitch At Moorland Road – Refused

Unfortunately, at the Licensing Sub Committee hearing held on 6 April 2010 to determine the proposed new pitch on Moorland Road by the Bus Station Florists, the decision of the Committee was to refuse the application under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 – Street Trading.

Cllr Sandry and McGall are very disappointed by the decision of the Committee, and hope that a further application may be made in the future. Should you require any further information please contact us or Licensing Services:

Licensing Services

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Tel: 01225 477531

Fax: 01225 477596

Email: licensing@bathnes.gov.uk


Gambling Act 2005 – Applications to run a Casino in the city open

Previously the Council, as a licensing authority, agreeded to issue a single one premises licence for a small casino within its area pursuant to Part 8 and Schedule 9 of the Gambling Act 2005 and the Categories of Casino Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1330).

As part of this process the Council has produced a draft application pack for prospective applicants. The purpose of this application pack is to inform potential applicants of the rules and procedures applicable to the application process. It will be published to conform with the requirements set by Parliament and the Secretary of State, and to ensure an application process which is both transparent, and fair. Copies of the documents can be seen on the Council’s web site .

These documents will also be available for viewing at the Council offices at 9-10 Bath Street, Bath during the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Mondays to Thursdays and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays.

Please make your comments on the proposed application pack by Tuesday 6th April 2010.
Following this consultation, a report will be taken to the Council’s Licensing Committee for it to consider any proposed amendments and to adopt the documents.

Please send any comments to:

Mr Andrew Jones,
Environmental Monitoring and Licensing Manager,
Environmental Services,
Bath and North East Somerset Council.
9-10 Bath Street,
Bath, Somerset.

Email: Andrew_Jones@bathnes.gov.uk

Next PACT meeting – 10th March 2010

Partners and Communities Together (PACT) gives you a chance to meet the local Police team, your local councillors, Will and Shaun, and influence priorities in our neighbourhood.

It will be held at Moorlands Infants School, Moorfields Road, and start at 6.30pm. Please come along to discuss any issues of concern you may have in your community.

Current public priorities were established on 4th November 2010:

1. Problems with residents of the flats on Poplar Close and Monksdale Road;
2. Street Cleansing, state of the pavements;
3. Speeding on First, Second and Third Avenues, Oldfield Lane, and King Edward Road. Potential implementation of a One Way system?

If you are untable to attend, but want to voice your local priorities or issues, please email us at: oldfieldbath@googlemail.com

B&NES Budget: Lib Dem comments

B&NES Council met tonight to discuss the budget for 2010/11. Liberal Democrat Councillors did not support the Council budget proposed by B&NES’ Conservative Cabinet. Leader of the Lib Dems Councillor Paul Crossley (Southdown) said:

The Liberal Democrats will not be supporting this budget. The budget process put in place by the Cabinet keeps Councillors out of the loop, ignores input from O&S and permits Cabinet members to drip feed information rather than being transparent and democratic. We are deeply concerned about the bottom-up approach to job cuts that the administration is taking and about the ‘extra’ funding announcements, which are merely surface dressing to distract from cuts.

Councillor David Dixon (Walcot) led for the Lib Dems on the budget paper, saying:

The Liberal Democrats see this as a budget which has asked services to make considerable cuts, cuts to frontline services while protecting our senior officers. It is a budget that offers very little new money for services, but only serves to move money about.

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Liberal Democrats launch plans to revitalise Britain’s high streets

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has set out plans to revitalise Britain’s high streets, such as Moorland Road, ensure the future of the Post Office, and help small businesses establish and grow in a fairer marketplace.

Our national policy document entitled, “Vibrant Local High Streets“, includes proposals to:

* Encourage the development of a PostBank and free the Post Office from the Royal Mail to enable it to develop new business

* Introduce a local competition test for all planning applications for new retail developments to establish a fairer balance between local independent stores and large supermarkets

* Establish a system of Local Enterprise Funds and regional stock exchanges to ensure small businesses get access to cost effective equity that meets their needs
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Passenger number rise at Oldfield Park Station

The Progress Report (January 2010) from the Sevenside Community Rail Partnership reports that average passenger numbers on weekdays have risen from 841 in 2007 to 974 in 2009.

The Partnership was formed in the summer 2004 to identify and implement measures to encourage the use of local train routes in our area. The Partnership covers the area bounded by Gloucester, Bath / Freshford, W-M-S, Taunton and the Severn Estuary.

Our Council finally supports the partnership along with other local Councils, FGW, Business West and English Partnerships. This last year as seen the Government’s announcement of the planned electrification of the London – Bristol route by 2017, which should bring benefits to Oldfield Park station.

Last year artwork prepared by Oldfield Park Infant School was installed at Oldfield Park Station. Thanks to the hard work of June Player and the ‘On-board’ – the Oldfield Park station group – further landscaping was carried out. ‘On-board’ are always looking out for further members, so please to contact us to find out more details.

Cuts to the Saturday bus service

Cuts are being made to Saturday bus services in Oldfield Park and across the city after a fall-off in demand. According to First, general travel patterns have changed over the past 12 months with fewer people travelling on Saturdays, but more on Sundays. Changes to a variety of buses serving Bath and surrounding areas are being made accordingly and will come into force from Sunday.

The 10 will run every 12 minutes, instead of every 10, the 6 and 7 will run every 30 minutes on both routes instead of every 20, and the X39 will run every 15 minutes between 10am and 5pm.

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