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Update on London Road

by Richard Samuel on 24 May, 2018

By now works have restarted on the Walcot Terrace lay-bye and will be followed by the works to the cycle lane. After much pressure from me Cllr Mark Shelford has agreed to complete the paving works at Anglo Terrace left over from the 2014 scheme and never completed. I hope the damaged paving outside Dominos […]

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Bath and North East Somerset ward boundary review.

by Richard Samuel on 16 May, 2018

This saga has been in progress since last year after the Council decided to reduce the number of councillors to 59 from 65. The Local Government Boundary Commission has just produced its latest plans for Bath City. They can be viewed at http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/South%20West/Somerset/Bath%20and%20North%20East%20Somerset/Further%20Draft%20Recs/BANES-further-draft-recs-CE-letter.pdf. There is also a map which can be viewed better on the […]

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Open Letter to Mark Shelford

by Richard Samuel on 16 May, 2018

Here is the text of a letter I wrote to Cllr Mark Shelford on 3rd May 2018. In it I detail the action I believe he should take to redress the mess left by the Council when it uprooted trees in 5 of the planters in February. ———————————————————————————————————————— Letter to Cllr Mark Shelford 3rd May […]

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    A very well attended public meeting was held on Monday to discuss the Conservative’s plans for Riverside Youth Centre. The centre is under threat because of cuts made to Youth services by the current Conservative council administration who last year reduced the budget by 50%. The cuts come in September. The meeting was […]

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Plantergate – the saga continues

by Richard Samuel on 14 April, 2018

Readers will know that the argument being used by the Council to move the London Road planters is that they create a highway safety hazard because they were located in sight lines at the junctions of Weymouth St, Bedford St, and Snow Hill. Yesterday I decided to test this for myself and take photographs at […]

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Bath Air Quality Plan

by Richard Samuel on 12 April, 2018

I am pleased that the Conservative administration has finally begun to recognise that Bath needs to be covered by a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if it is to tackle the poor air quality many residents experience on a daily basis. The Liberal Democrats on the Council made this formal council policy last July with all […]

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Plantergate update

by Richard Samuel on 12 April, 2018

Here is the extra question and reply I received from Councillor Mark Shelford concerning the future of the planters at the Cabinet yesterday.   Can the Cabinet Member exactly say what he is intending to do with the planters as there is considerable public concern and uncertainty about the decision he intends to make? Answer […]

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Riverside Youth Centre

by Richard Samuel on 12 April, 2018

In 2017 the Tory controlled council decided to cut the funds for youth services and that cut is introduced in September this year. The Tories have been working on plans to privatise the service and have been hoping that they can persuade local community organisations to take over the running of the youth centres from […]

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Plantergate – the saga continues

by Richard Samuel on 12 April, 2018

The proposed removal of the some of the planters on London Road has created a lot of discontent in Walcot ward not least from the many residents who worked on the original scheme. I have been trying to establish why the Council thinks it is necessary to remove the planters at this time. It seems […]

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Update on London Road planters

by Richard Samuel on 20 March, 2018

As we all know the planters in their current positions were installed as part of the London Road regeneration scheme in 2014. Extensive public consultation took place with a wide range of local people. I understand a highway safety audit was conducted and I have been told that this raised no actionable concerns on highway […]

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