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The New Play Area is OPEN!

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The Parish Council are delighted to announce that the new Play Area on Cameley Playing Field is now open for everyone to use and enjoy.

Official Launch Event – Save the Date

An official launch event will take place on the morning of Saturday 21st October – further information will follow on the website and the Facebook page but in the meantime please save the date as weather permitting it will be a day to remember!

Hags will be returning to complete a few finishing touches which includes replacing the swing seats for the original swing structures and installing the benches and roof for the shelter but in the meantime, the Play Area is open for all.

We hope you like the new Play Area and that there is something for everyone of all ages and abilities. Please send us your best photos enjoying the Play Area if you are happy for these to be uploaded to the Parish Council Facebook page! You can send your photos to Jenny, the Parish Clerk, at info@templecloud.org.uk

 

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A parking strategy for Bath & North East Somerset

Balancing your needs

Bath & North East Somerset Council is seeking people’s views on its new parking strategy, which aims to balance the needs of the wide variety of communities across the district. The strategy is based on previous public consultation, and the views that people have already expressed about parking. It also aims to balance the needs of local people and businesses, and a range of social, economic and environmental issues, such as air quality and congestion.

The Council has set out long-term plans for parking that fit with its wider aim to tackle congestion, improve air quality, ease parking pressures, and ensure a thriving economy that will benefit all. With this in mind – and taking account of what local people have told the Council about parking – the proposals aim to:

  • Prioritise the parking needs of residents and disabled users
  • Reduce areas of congestion with the knock-on effect of better air quality
  • Support local business
  • Balance increased demand for parking against limited availability in the city
  • Support the regeneration of our key towns
  • Tailor solutions to the needs of different areas.

Cllr Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe), Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment, said: “The demand for parking, and how the Council can best manage this demand in the interests of residents, businesses and our environment, is one of the biggest issues affecting communities across Bath & North East Somerset.”

“No single initiative can on its own reduce congestion, improve air quality and manage the increasing demand on our road networks as the area grows. Therefore, what we need are joined-up plans and incentives that encourage people to choose sustainable transport options wherever possible. At the same time, we also need to consider the important role that parking plays in supporting our local economy.”

“Our proposed parking strategy therefore seeks to balance the needs of all residents, road users and local businesses, and is just one aspect of our wider approach to managing congestion whilst supporting economic growth.”

“The Council recently consulted with local people to gain a better understanding of how parking affects them, and their responses have been critical in shaping this strategy. We’ve done our best to balance the needs of the whole community, with the aim of putting residents, disabled users and local businesses first. The proposals contained within our draft parking strategy will now be subject to a further final round of public consultation, and so I would encourage residents, businesses and all interested parties to respond to this consultation and give their views.”

The strategy is committed to ensuring that free parking continues where it’s already available – including South Road in Midsomer Norton, Church Road in Radstock, Larkhall and Denmark Street in Bath – to encourage patronage of local shops, restaurants and services.

Parking charges across the area will be periodically assessed to ensure they are comparative with privately-owned car parks in the same area. Parking charges in the centre of Bath and Keynsham will be managed to discourage long-stay/ commuter use, with on-street longer-stay tariffs in Bath (of more than 2 or 3 hours) being reviewed.

Find out more and give your feedback

You can read the full consultation report and give your feedback online here. Printed versions of the summary and survey are available from any of the libraries and one stop shops, where you can also review the full strategy. The public engagement runs until 23 October, 2017.

Drop-in sessions

Members of the Council’s Parking Services Team will be available to answer your questions at the following drop-in sessions:

  • Midsomer Norton Town Hall, 27 September, 1-8pm
  • The Guildhall, Bath, 28 September, 1-8pm
  • Keynsham Community Space, 29 September, 3.30-9pm.

Coach Strategy

The Council has also produced a dedicated Coach Strategy to help reduce disruption to residents caused by insensitive coach parking in the city.

Cllr Mark Shelford added: “We recognise that coach parking is a major issue for many people in Bath, which is why we are proposing some limited short-stay coach parking and getting the majority of coaches out of the city centre to keep Bath moving.”

“We are also keen to hear people’s views on our proposals for coach parking and how it will improve traffic flow, and we encourage anyone interested to have their say in our Coach Strategy consultation too.”

The Coach Strategy proposes long-stay coach parking on the outskirts of the city at Odd Down Park & Ride, supported by specific pick-up and drop-off points at strategic on-street places within the city, with waiting times restricted to 20 minutes. Very limited short-stay coach parking for 1.5 hours is proposed at Green Park and the A4 lay-by.

To find out more on the full Coach Strategy and how you can take part in the public engagement, click here.

Help make Bath and North East Somerset “Sugar Smart” and win some fantastic prizes!

Have your say on Bath and North East Somerset’s new Sugar Smart Campaign.

Take the short “Sugar Smart” survey and be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes including family tickets to Bath City Football Club, free gym membership with Better Leisure, a free Riverford organic veg box and many more.

Please visit the Sugar Smart Survey and tell B&NES Council what you think Bath and North East Somerset should do to become Sugar Smart.

Following in the footsteps of Brighton and Hove and Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset Council have teamed up with Sustainable Food Cities, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and local organisations to help people recognize how much hidden sugar is in their food and drink and to support organizations to provide healthier choices.

Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, dental health problems, obesity and diabetes. The recommended maximum daily intake of added sugar is 7.5 teaspoons for adults and 3 – 6 teaspoons for children. However both adults and children are having up to three times this amount.

Sugar Smart B&NES is calling on a range of organisations to make Sugar Smart pledges to help make the “healthy choice, the easy choice”. Organisations that have already pledged to join the initiative include Bath City Football Club, local leisure centres, schools, universities and early year settings and the Royal United Hospital. Radstock and Westfield Big Local are also supporting the campaign and will coordinate a Sugar Smart grant scheme in Autumn 2017 to fund sugar smart activities within the communities of Westfield and Radstock.

To join the campaign visit www.sugarsmartuk.org and add your actions directly onto the website. Find out more about the campaign on Facebook.

Please visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/sugarsmartsurvey to enter the survey. The survey closes on 1st October 2017.

Give cyclists space when passing

Bath & North East Somerset Council, in partnership with Avon & Somerset Police, is launching a campaign aimed at improving the safety of cyclists.

A highly visible display on a bus is to be used to raise awareness of the space motorists need to give cyclists when overtaking. It serves as a reminder that our roads are as much for cyclists as they are for cars, vans and lorries.

Over the last five years there’s been a significant reduction in the number of people injured in road traffic collisions across Bath and North East Somerset.  However, the number of cyclist casualties has remained relatively consistent over this period.

This campaign supports a recent initiative by Avon and Somerset Police, ‘Operation Close Pass’, which has seen plain clothes police officers on bicycles  identifying drivers that pass dangerously close, who have then been stopped by colleagues in uniform and offered roadside advice on how to pass cyclists safely. 

Councillor Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe) Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “As a cyclist I all too often witness drivers not giving cyclists the time or space necessary to complete their journeys in a safe manner.

Drivers should give cyclists at least the same amount of space as vehicles when overtaking, which is 1.5 metres or approximately a car door width.  We want to encourage people to use sustainable forms of transport, such as cycling, but cycling on our roads needs to be safe and all road users need to work together to achieve this.”

Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands, Head of Road Safety at Avon and Somerset Police said: “Since the beginning of 2017 we’ve received more than 350 reports of near misses, which suggests that people aren’t aware of how much space they should leave when overtaking, or perhaps choose to ignore this advice. Anyone failing to leave enough space puts cyclists at risk and could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.”

Emergency Services Open Day – Ticket Release

The next release of tickets for the Emergency Services Open Day at HQ will be on Thursday 31 August at 7pm. If you would like a ticket, Avon and Somerset Police recommend trying to get online at this time as the first 4,000 tickets sold out in 11 minutes!

• Tickets are free and can be ordered from Event Bright.

• This year’s event focuses on the fantastic work carried out by our emergency services across Avon and Somerset, and will include representatives from Somerset Air Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, RNLI, SWASFT and the Coastguard, as well as displays from the force’s canine officers and mounted section.

• If you have any enquiries about the Open Day please email #Open Day Mailbox (opendaymailbox@avonandsomerset.police.uk), but please note the only way to order tickets is using the Eventbrite website.

Volunteer Fair – Friday 5th August

Volunteer event

A number of local charities have joined up to host a Volunteer Fair

The event is from 10:00 – 14:00 hours on Saturday 5th August 2017 and will take place at Midsomer Norton Town Hall (Assembly Room), The Island, BA3 2HQ. Why not go along and see how you can get involved and learn some new skills. There will be non-alcholoic cocktails, homemade lemonade and traditional cakes.

You can find out more here.

Temple Cloud in Bloom July Newsletter

Here is the latest Newsletter from Temple Cloud in Bloom.

The next Community Gardening Get Together is taking place on

Saturday 8th July between 10am-12pm.

The group are meeting at the end of Paulmont Rise. All are welcome, tea and coffee and homemade cakes provided!! Just bring tools and enthusiasm.

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Grand Appeal Charity Fun Day

On Saturday 22nd July from 2:00pm until 10:00pm Tasha Dix and team will be holding a family fun day at Temple Cloud Village Hall and Playing Field.

The Fun Day will raise money for the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital. Everyone is welcome!

More information can be found on the following Facebook Page: Temple Cloud Charity Fun Day

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Prevent Vulnerable People Falling Victim to Fraud

Good Neighbours Can Help

 

Avon and Somerset Police are asking people with vulnerable elderly relatives or friends to help to make sure they don’t fall victim to telephone scams.

 
The call comes after officers worked with South Gloucestershire Trading Standards and local bank staff to prevent an 88-year-old woman having cash removed from her account. The lady called the Police on Thursday 11 May to report being bombarded with telephone calls at her home near Thornbury over the previous week. The callers initially claimed to need her bank details in order to process a repayment. She became suspicious and cancelled her bank cards but then started getting calls claiming to be from bank security staff investigating the earlier incident, but seeking personal details.

 
The woman told officers she became fearful of answering the phone due to the volume of calls and the pressure she was being put under. She confided in a neighbour who encouraged her to call the Police.

 
PC Lee Bainbridge, PCSO Haley Bromley and Trading Standards Officer Neil Derrick took her into the branch where they discovered that internet banking had been set up on her account without her knowledge. The lady does not have internet access. Bank staff were able to act immediately to prevent a transfer of £7,000 from her account.

 
PC Bainbridge said: “These telephone scammers can be very convincing and very persistent. We’re glad that this lady felt able to speak to her neighbour about these calls. We know that people who don’t have someone looking out for them can be more likely to fall victim to these scammers, some of whom callously persuade them that they are ‘friends’.“It’s really important to remember that your bank will never ask for your PIN, or ask you to transfer cash ‘as part of an investigation’. If you’re concerned about a caller who is asking for personal or bank details, hang up and call your branch from the number in the phone book or on your bank statement.”

You can report suspected fraud here.

Do you have a vulnerable elderly relative, friend or neighbour?

• Check out information about common scams and how to report them on the Action Fraud website and let them know what to look out for
• Help them get to the bank – or with online banking – to encourage them not to keep cash at home
• Just say hello – pop round for a cuppa and a chat. People who have regular contact with a network of friends are less likely to fall victim to scams.

Pollution Monitor Report

Several years ago this Parish Council contacted B&NES about whether Air Pollution on the A37 could be monitored. The B&NES Environmental Protection Team at the time confirmed that the A37 had been included in their review and assessment work but had not been identified as an area of concern as they had previously had monitoring in Pensford which was 31 µg/m3 in 2012 (this is below the Government’s Objective of 40 µg/m3).

The current Parish Council requested further action from B&NES Council to assess the situation during April 2016.

Due to the concerns raised by the current Parish Council, B&NES Council agreed to install a diffusion tube monitor on the A37 where the road narrowed. The results of the initial assessment period indicated high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide which was surprising even to B&NES Council. An additional four diffusion tubes were installed as a result so that a more comprehensive study could be undertaken which would better inform the boundary of the high levels of pollution.

The full results from the additional diffusion tubes became available during early May 2017 and the Parish Council invited the B&NES Environmental Protection Team to attend the Parish Council Meeting to explain the results to parishioners and the further action they would be taking as a result.

At the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on 10th May 2017, Cathryn Brown, Team Manager for Licencing and Environmental Protection, Aled Williams, Environmental Protection Team Manager and Dr Nicola Courthold, Senior Public Protection Officer (all from B&NES Council) were welcomed to the Parish Council Meeting.

A presentation was made on the data obtained from the diffusion tubes and what further action B&NES Council will be taking.

Levels of Pollution

Key findings

  • Locations within Temple Cloud exceed the Government’s annual mean objectives for Nitrogen Dioxide.
  • B&NES Council will declare an Air Quality Management Area for Temple Cloud.
  • A Public Consultation will be run and an Air Quality Action Plan published.

The full presentation made at the meeting can be found here.

The Parish Council are concerned about the high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and the implications this has for residents. The Parish Council is committed to ensuring that all residents are kept informed of developments as the public consultation is undertaken and will liaise closely with the Team at B&NES Council as the matter is progressed.

Cathryn Brown and Team welcome questions, comments and dialog with residents. You can contact the team by email at: environmental_monitoring@bathnes.gov.uk

 

Temple Cloud in Bloom June 2017 Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter from Temple Cloud in Bloom.

Community Gardening Get Together

The next Community Gardening Get Together event will take place on Sunday 11th June between 10am and 12pm. Everyone is welcome, tea, coffee and homemade cakes provided! All Temple Cloud in Bloom ask for is enthusiasm! You can also find out more on the Temple Cloud in Bloom Facebook page.

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UK Parliamentary General Election 2017

The next parliamentary general election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Constituency of North East Somerset

 

Notice of Election

Notice of Poll and Statement of Persons Nominated

Notice of Election Agents

Notice of Situation of Polling Stations

 

Further can be found on The Electoral Commission website – The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK.

Information for electors
The deadline to register to vote at the forthcoming general election is Monday 22 May.

How to apply to vote by post
The deadline for postal vote applications at the forthcoming general election is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.

How to apply to vote by proxy
The deadline for proxy vote applications at the forthcoming general election is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

Play Area Project – Design announced

Cameley Parish Council are pleased to announce that a design for the Play Area Project has been agreed.

This project has come a long way since the idea was first considered. A working party consisting of Cllrs Maria Musins, Dylan Morris, John Cockerham and Tracey Turner have been hard at work to keep the project progressing with the support of the full Parish Council.

After a month of advertising the opportunity to contractors on the Governments Contracts Finder and publishing an invitation to tender the Parish Council received an impressive 7 applications by the closing date.

The Parish Council selecting Hags as the preferred supplier for the Play Area Project at the April Parish Council after it was established that Hags had submitted the most comprehensive tender application which most closely matched the requirements outlined within the invitation to tender.

The Parish Council then met on Wednesday 26th April 17 for an extraordinary Parish Council Meeting to consider the Hags submission against a revised design to increase the number of swings in the proposal. At this meeting, the chosen design was selected.

The Parish Council will use Section 106 money provided to the Parish Council due to the recent development which must be spent to mitigate the effects of development. The current equipment and size of the play area – for a growing village is simply not fit for purpose as it is, nor is it inclusive to all ages. The new play area will cover a larger area on Cameley Playing Field and will have more equipment which includes those that were identified as being the most popular during the consultation process. It will also have equipment for all ages and abilities with some equipment having been chosen as they are also suitable for disabled children.

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who have shaped the project so far including the residents and children who attended the Parish Council Coffee Morning on 3rd December 16 at Temple Cloud Village Hall and enthusiastically shared their ideas. This process helped to identify the key pieces of equipment that residents and children will soon see installed in the improved play area.

In addition the Parish Council would like to thank the other companies who submitted their tenders for this project and recognise the time that went into each and every design.

The Parish Council now look forward to working with Hags to create an improved and much expanded Play Area on Cameley Playing Field. We will keep you all updated through the website and Facebook page and let you know when the work is due to start!

You can view the chosen design here:Q-14884-C4G5-V-3

 

Cam Valley Arts Trail Group Spring Exhibition & Sale

Demonstrations and Taster Sessions

Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury Nr Bath BA2 0JQ

Saturday 29 April 2017: 11am-5pm

Following on from the ‘Workshops Event’ earlier this year where people had a chance to try their hand at, among other arts: modern calligraphy, lino & textile printing, and batik, the Group will be holding our Spring Exhibition & Sale, between 11am-5pm, on Saturday the 29th April 2017.

Many local artists will be attending – they will be demonstrating, showcasing and selling their work. A chance for you to meet the artists, see how they create their work, and try it out for yourself at the free taster art sessions. Works will include many different media: paintings, batik, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, calligraphy and more.

Entry is free and there will be refreshments. Remember to bring your wallet or chequebook as some artists cannot take card payments. For further details, visit: www.camvalleyartstrail.co.uk

Temple Inn – Application to vary premises licence

An application has been submitted to B&NES Council to vary a current premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 at Temple Inn. A notice has to be displayed on the premises and in a local publication. This was brought to the attention of the Parish Council at the last Parish Council meeting on 12th April 2017 by a concerned resident.

Representations have been requested by 5th May 2017. B&NES Council Licencing Team have stated that if no relevant representations are received by 5 May 2017, the application will be granted as applied for. Despite a request, B&NES Council have stated that they cannot extend the deadline until after the next Parish Council meeting and had no obligation to inform the Parish Council about the application itself.

If residents or those affected wish to make representations for or against this variation, advice on how this can be done can be found here.

Further information regarding application 17/00907/LAPRE can be found here.

The Parish Council are arranging an extraordinary Parish Council Meeting to:

  1. Consider application 17/00907/LAPRE to vary a current premises licence, Temple Inn, Main Road, Temple Cloud under the Licensing Act 2003.
  2. Agree the Parish Council response to the application and consider a Parish Council representation in accordance with the B&NES Council framework.

The meeting will likely take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at St Barnabas Church and this will be confirmed shortly on the Cameley Parish Council Facebook page, this website and the two noticeboards in Temple Cloud.

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Candidates for West of England Combined Authority Mayoral Election

The names of the six candidates standing in the first West of England Combined Authority Mayoral election have been published. Those standing in the West of England Mayoral election are:

•Tim Bowles – The Conservative Party Candidate
•Aaron Warren Foot – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
•Darren Edward Hall – Green Party
•Lesley Ann Mansell – Labour and Co-operative Party
•John Christopher Savage – Independent
•Stephen Williams – Liberal Democrats

Registered voters in Bath and North East Somerset will have their say on Thursday 4th May on who becomes the first Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority. Only those registered to vote will be able to have their say in this election and the deadline to register passes at midnight on Thursday 13 April. Registering to vote can be done in minutes online. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with your national insurance number and follow the on-screen instructions. From mid-April, everyone in Bath and North East Somerset who is registered to vote can expect to receive a Mayoral Election booklet which includes information about the election and a campaign statement from those candidates who wished to be included. The Combined Authority Returning Officer is legally required to produce this booklet for all registered voters.

The West of England devolution deal worth £1 billion brings powers and money from national Government with the ability to make local decisions about spatial planning for the region (including where new homes are planned and where investment in new services is needed to support their development), adult education and skills, employment and regional transport.

As part of the devolution deal there needs to be a regional authority and an elected regional Mayor.

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Changes to rubbish collection

Residents should have all received a letter from B&NES Council earlier in March, detailing the change to rubbish collections which will come into force from 6 November 2017. 

The deadline for residents to contact B&NES Council to query their rubbish bin or bag allocation is 5 May 2017. If you do not feel your allocation is sufficient or have further queries, please contact B&NES Council if before 5th May 2017.

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Play Area Project update

Cameley Parish Council are very excited to announce that the invitation to tender for the Play Area Project is now live and is being advertised on Contracts Finder. You can view the advert on Contracts Finder here and also view the full invitation to tender which includes the specification of requirements.

The invitation sets out the scope of the Parish Council Project to refurbish elements of the existing play area at Cameley Playing Field, Temple Cloud and design, supply and install additional equipment to expand the Play Area to cater for a wide range of age groups. The Parish Council intend to use Section 106 money towards the project which is intended to mitigate the effects of development. The current equipment and size of the play area – for a growing village is simply not fit for purpose as it is, nor is it inclusive to all ages. The new play area will be bigger, have more pieces of equipment and will include those that were identified as being the most popular in the consultation process. It will also have equipment for a range of ages – from toddler to teens.

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who attended the Coffee Morning in December, completed questionnaires and responded to the online survey and who have shared your thoughts with the Parish Council along the way. This engagement has shaped the direction of the project and also helped identify the key pieces of equipment that residents and children want to see installed in the new play area.

The invitation to tender opens today and closes on Friday 31st March 2017. The Parish Council intends to discuss applications at the April Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 12th April 2017. As always, residents and members of the public are welcome to attend the Parish Council Meetings and there is a public participation session at the start.

Thank you for your support and ideas so far and we will keep you updated on progress on both the Parish Council website and also on the Cameley Parish Council Facebook page. Please share this news with anyone you think might be interested! You can also view the tender invitation and specification here.

 

Could you provide a home and stability for a young refugee?

Bath & North East Somerset Council is looking for foster homes for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Councils across England have agreed with the Government to take a set number of children. Bath & North East Somerset Council will take 23 young people over the next two years.

Most of the children will come from Afghanistan, Albania, Iraq and Eritrea with some from Syria. The children will need to be placed in caring foster homes.

Councillor Michael Evans (Conservative, Midsomer Norton North), Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “We are all aware of unaccompanied children fleeing from Syria and desperately in need of homes. We as a Council want to do what we can to help some of these young people who have been left traumatised after living in war zones, being trafficked across Europe at the mercy of people smugglers, physically and sexually assaulted, separated from their families and the death and serious injury of family and friends.

“We have already welcomed eight Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) to Bath and North East Somerset and we are committed to providing caring homes for a further 15 children over the next two years. But we need help from existing foster carers and those who are thinking about becoming foster carers.

“As a result of the distress and trauma experienced these young people may display challenging behaviour and so will need foster carers who have the skills needed to help them settle and feel secure to help them live comfortably in the UK and begin to access the skilled help they will need to start to deal with their traumas.”

Most of the asylum seeking young people needing foster homes, are male and aged 14 and over.

Helping to change lives for the better

Samul* came from Albania in 2015. He already spoke some English and quickly improved. He is now about to sit his GCSEs and is predicted As and A*s. He plans to attend sixth form and university as he aspires to work in medicine.

Foster carer, Keith Gittens, said: “A young man from Syria stayed with us until he was 18 in late 2013. He then moved in to his own flat. This was a very rewarding placement and four years later he still visits weekly, for a chat or a meal, he calls my wife his mother in the UK.”

Haydar* is Kurdish. When he arrived in mid-2016 he spoke only a small amount of English and has had difficulties with cultural differences, especially around school behaviour. However, he is a very receptive learner and is starting to adapt his behaviour, he is working on improving his English as he would like to be a mechanic.

The Bath and North East Somerset Virtual School offers extra help to students who are learning English and there is also lots of emotional support available to these young people and their carers. Keith said: “The biggest difficulty is that the boys come to us when they are around 15 to 16 years old. This gives them around three years to leave school speaking English and with enough qualifications to either go to college or get an apprenticeship, some will make it to university.

“Whatever these children aspire to, you as the carer need to put in the work through encouragement and pushing them on to achieve as the window of opportunity is very short. As a carer you’re relied on to support these children and you will get all the rewards you ever wanted from fostering a child.”

Most foster carers have suggested that UASC settle well and are happy to have someone they can rely on and a sense of certainty after so much uncertainty.

Keith added: “When it comes to respecting us and the home, they are always very respectful, they treat my wife as they would their own mother, they carry her shopping bags, do the washing up, take out the rubbish and keep their bedrooms spotless.”

Fostering gives you the chance to see a young person’s progression and help them with a life change. One foster carer said that “fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children is challenging, but really rewarding.”

How you can help improve a child’s life

There has already been a noted push of people wanting to help, with organisations such as Bath Welcomes Refugees showing just how welcoming and caring those in Bath and North East Somerset are.

Anyone interested in caring for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children will need to be a fully assessed foster carer. There is no national or local scheme enabling you to be a short term ‘host’ family; anyone interested in caring for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) needs to be approved as a general foster carer.

Anyone who would like to care for UASC will need to become a foster carer and complete the extra necessary training designed to prepare for and help UASC.

Councillor Evans said: “We hope that anyone who wishes to foster asylum seeking childrenUASC would also be open to fostering B&NES children in Bath and North East Somerset whilst they wait for and prepare for UASC.”

Pete Campbell, Service Manager, Care Outcomes, said: “I’m confident there are many households in this area who could help us meet the challenge to provide homes for young people who no longer have safe, stable and loving homes in their home countries. I would like to invite you to work with us in our Children’s Services Team and our colleagues in education, health and community groups to provide the very best care and opportunities for this group of young people.”

If you would like to find out more about fostering UASC, a special information session is being held on Wednesday 22 February, 6-8pm, at 117 Newbridge Hill, Bath. Please call the Bath & North East Somerset Council Family Placement Team on 01225 394949 to book your place and for more information about fostering and UASC fostering.

*The names have been changed to protect the identities of the children and young people.

Response to Temple Cloud Village Hall Project

At the Parish Council meeting dated 8th February 2017 three members of the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee attended the meeting to make statements and ask questions relating to the Parish Council decision to terminate the lease arrangement and occupy and manage the Village Hall from 28th July 2017 and around the public statement made by the Parish Council following this decision.

The Parish Council have provided a response to each statement / question in turn.

Member of the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee:

Statement: The attempted stifling of a valued and genuinely inclusive wish by the present Village Hall Committee to use our Village Hall to its maximum potential is hardly useful. Personally I find the allegations as stated in the previous PC meeting that the members of the Village Hall Committee ‘have no vision, energy, inclusiveness’, without grounds and personally offensive, particularly that in as far as I am aware, no present member of the PC has attempted in the past to help promote the Village Hall.

I and my colleagues on the TCVHP Committee are aware that the village is expanding, just as it did when previous extra housing was built (on green land and possibly protested by the villagers then). The fact is that more people will join us here. If we can welcome them and show a good social foundation, we can make a better village, and the VH is the place to build community. The world is full of battlegrounds. They face long hard struggles to build a decent society, we only have to stop being selfish.

Parish Council: The Parish Council regret that the decision to bring the lease to an end has caused upset for the members of the current Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee. The Parish Council agrees that the Village Hall will be a valuable resource and focal point to build community for the village particularly as it is expanding. The Parish Council thank the members past and present for their efforts and the Parish Council plans to manage the Village Hall for the benefit of the whole community.

President of Temple Cloud Women’s Institute / Co-opted trustee of Temple Cloud Village Hall Project

Statement: As president of Temple Cloud Women’s Institute I am also co-opted as a Trustee of Temple Cloud Village Hall Project. In the complete absence of any correspondence or discussion with the Village Hall Trust, along with other trustees I am astonished at the publicly hostile stance taken by Cameley Parish Council. I wish to ask that following questions regarding the council’s public statement.

Parish Council: The Parish Council have decided to terminate the lease arrangement and instead wish to occupy and manage the Village Hall themselves. Whilst the Parish Council regret that the decision has caused upset for members of the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee, the resolution was documented in the minutes of the 8th January 2017 meeting at which the treasurer of the Village Hall Project Committee was present. The Parish Council have written to each member listed on the Charity Commission website to notify each member of the Charity Trust separately. A public statement was published on the Parish Council website in the interest of transparency and details genuine concerns raised and discussed which formed part of the decision making process. The Parish Council are within their rights to bring the lease arrangement to an end as set out in the lease.

Question: What evidence does Cameley Parish Council have to support its publicly-stated claims that the Village Hall Trust has:

  1. Not met its obligations to insure and maintain the village hall?
  2. Not supervised 18th birthday parties
  3. Any connection with nitrous oxide canisters that were dumped outside the school.

I ask that these questions and the council’s responses be minuted.

Parish Council: The current lease by which is a fully insuring and maintaining lease. The evidence to support that the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project is not meeting its obligations in this regard is shown by the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee submitting a number of grant applications to the Parish Council over the years towards maintenance, two of which have at present been placed on hold.

In addition, the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee have not published, or provided at the recent AGM current or future plans setting out intentions to generate significant or additional funds to be used towards the cost of ongoing or future maintenance requirements.

Questions around appropriate supervision were raised in December 2015 by the Parish Council. Issues around 18th birthday parties in particular and whether they are being appropriately supervised and have been brought to the attention of the Parish Council and raise genuine concerns in terms of supervision and licencing. Regular observation by two members of the Parish Council have witnessed large numbers collecting outside of Village Hall drinking alcohol which contravenes licencing laws, risking the future renewal of the licence and therefore jeopardising the viability of the hall.

The Chairman and Village Operative collected nitrous oxide canisters as part of a package of litter located in the strip of land between the Village Hall and the school following the party held on New Year’s Eve at the Village Hall. This litter was not present prior to the party. In addition, a trustee of the Temple Cloud Village Hall Project Committee approached the Chairman of the Parish Council regarding littering outside the Village Hall and on the Playing Field following the party held at the Village Hall on New Year’s Eve.

Treasurer of Village Hall Project Committee

Questions for the clerk about public statement on website dated 30/01/2017. When were you authorised to publish the statement and by whom?

Parish Council: The statement issued by the Clerk on 30/01/2017 on behalf of the Parish Council was written as a result of the resolutions made at the January 2017 Parish Council meeting and under the guidance and direction of the Parish Council. The Parish Clerk is able to is issue press release in line with Parish Council decision/policy as per the Clerks job description.

Question: Minutes of the Parish Council meeting should accurately reflect what is said during the meeting, however misleading or untrue the words spoken may be. Anything else published by clerk or council should be checked for correctness and legality before published.

Parish Council: Best practice guidance outlined by the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) states that ‘minutes should be as concise as possible’. ‘As a minimum, the minutes record the resolution or decision but can include a summary of important points where this adds value. A detailed account of who said what is neither necessary nor advisable’. In terms of the requirement to check minutes for legality and correctness before they are published. This is not the case, Local Councils are strongly encouraged to publish the draft minutes (which are clearly marked as draft) prior to the meeting at which they are to be approved by the Parish Council.

The committee are taking legal advice on its position and on the legality of the PCs actions and public statement.

The Parish Council understand that the Village Hall Project Committee will be taking legal advice.

Garage Burglaries – Stanton Drew

Between half midnight and 8.15am on Tuesday February the 14th, unknown person(s) have gained entry to a garage on Bromley Road, Stanton Drew, via the rear window. It is thought that nothing has been stolen at this time.

Between 5pm on Sunday February 12th and 6am on Monday February 13th, unknown person(s) have entered a garage on The Crescent, Stanton Drew, through the rear window and have stolen three bicycles from within. The offender(s) have opened the garage door from the inside to leave with the bikes.

If you have any information regarding either incident, please contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to provide information anonymously.

The Parish Council will publish local crime information on the website and Facebook to keep residents informed. In terms of what you can do to make sure you are not targeted always keep valuables locked, secure and out of sight. Report any suspicious activity and if you see something suspicious in progress always call the Police on 999 to ensure they have the best chance of responding quickly.

 

Disruption along Temple Inn Lane

At the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 8th February discussion took place around the current and increased  disruption along Temple Inn Lane caused by deliveries, parking, machinery and work taking place at the two developments. Both members of the public and the Parish Council are concerned about the risks to public safety.

One of our Parish Councillors, Tom Hemmings captured a short video of the current situation. The video shows far better than a series of photographs just what drivers and pedestrians are facing and the challenges this poses. Of greatest concern to the Parish Council is that Temple Inn Lane is the main and only route to the Primary School and the Parish Council have long pushed for deliveries to take place outside of the school run hours. By and large both developments have tried to limit deliveries at these times however as the agreement took place at a later stage in the planning process, the Parish Council have come to learn that these conditions are not enforceable and on a best endeavours basis.

The Parish Council passed the video to our District Councillor Tim Warren and asked what could be done.

Tom Hemmings added “Both pavements are blocked or impeded, there are vehicles parked on the pavements, machinery being manoeuvred etc”. “No developer is more important than the safety of my friends, neighbours and fellow villagers, and it is every child’s right to be able to safely walk to their school”. “It is my opinion that it was grossly negligent of planning to not impose enforceable conditions so any input you can offer would be much appreciated”.

The video can be accessed here.

Tim Warren kindly escalated the issues within B&NES Council. A Team Manager within Planning & Enforcement confirmed “Whilst we cannot apply conditions retrospectively the developer must adhere to safe codes of practice under Health and Safety legislation and must not block the carriageway or footpath”. “The footpath closest to the development (on the left hand side of the video) is subject to a temporary closure however the opposite footpath should not be obstructed”. “Obstruction to a highway or footway falls to the highways team to enforce rather than planning as this comes under separate legislation”.

The matter was referred to the B&NES Highways team and that Highways Team indicated that they would attend Temple Inn Lane on the same morning. The Parish Council will continue to monitor and raise the issues with B&NES Council and the focus remains on the safety of all residents.

Changes to your rubbish collection service

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What is changing?

Most households across Bath and North East Somerset will be changing to every other week collection for their rubbish from 6 November 2017. B&NES Council will be providing a 140 litre wheeled bin for the storage and collection of rubbish. In a small number of cases where a 140 litre wheeled bin is not suitable for your property, or family situation, B&NES may provide a larger bin or a re-useable rubbish bag to contain rubbish for collection.

Recycling collections, including food waste will remain weekly and emphasis will be on encouraging residents to use this weekly service to its full potential.

Over 70%of UK councils including all our neighbours in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, are already running every other week collections for rubbish (in wheeled bins) and weekly recycling collections. They are seeing the benefits including reduced street mess, cost efficiencies and collecting more recycling (instead of rubbish).

Collection days and times may change as a result and there will be a need to redesign the routes to be as efficient as possible.

Look out for your letter in March

From 9-13 March all households will be sent a personalised letter informing them how the changes will affect them. To reduce postage costs, most letters will be included in the envelope with your Council Tax Bill.

This letter will let you know whether we have allocated your property a wheeled bin or re-useable rubbish bag for rubbish collection, and the frequency of your rubbish collection. The letter is for information and no response is needed. If you are concerned that the container we have allocated is not appropriate for your specific property, or if despite recycling all you can, you feel that your household will not manage with the allocated container you can complete an online query form.

B&NES Council will write separately to residents who

  • live in a registered House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO)
  • are currently registered for an Assisted Collection (those who require the help of our crews to carry their rubbish and/or recycling to an agreed collection point). You will be asked to complete a form to update your details to re-apply for an assisted collection if you still need help. For some residents wheeled bins will be much easier to manage.

 Why are B&NES introducing the changes?

  1. To keep our streets cleaner

Containing rubbish in a bin or bag will prevent animals and birds ripping open bags and making a mess which is unpleasant for everyone and costs to clear up.

  1. To recycle more

B&NES have a very comprehensive recycling collection where you can already recycle 17 different types of household waste every week. Some housholds can recycle more than they are currently doing – about 75% of a household’s waste can be recycled using the current collections, B&NES Council report that they still find that over half of an average rubbish bag consists of items that could have been recycled. Local research shows that if you recycle all you can you will still have space left in your rubbish bin when collected every other week.

The change will help to encourage everyone to use their food recycling collection – only about 50% of households currently use this. About a third of the waste in black sacks currently is food.

  1. To save money

Every lorry load of waste costs £1000 to dispose of whilst every lorry load of recycling earns an income of £100, so reducing the amount put out as rubbish is essential.

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Find out more

The website is being updated as details are confirmed and more FAQs added so please check back here for updates.

 

Swan Transport – Information for Residents

Swan Transport offers a personal transport service using volunteer drivers, to those who are elderly, frail or disabled and on a low income (under £16,000). Our team of volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to pick people up from their door, providing an arm if needed, and take people to health appointments/social activities, then bring them home afterwards and drop them at their door. This is especially helpful for those who can’t easily use a bus.

The journeys can include; hospital and doctors appointments, visits to the dentist/opticians, the hairdresser, shopping (assisted shopping is also available with drivers if requested) or visiting family and friends… The journeys normally take place from Monday to Friday during working hours – 9am to 5pm, though there is flexibility with this. Just occasionally drivers have covered journeys on evenings and weekends but there is limited availability. Swan covers journeys within the B&NES area, though again with some flexibility, as we have travelled further afield.

There is a suggested donation per journey which ranges from £6.50 for a local return using a local driver, through to £20.50 for a return journey into Bath, for example to the RUH, which is quite a saving on using a taxi. All drivers are paid mileage at Inland Revenue rates whilst giving their time freely. Swan supports those who have savings of up to £16,000, but if a client is over that threshold they can become a member of the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Dial-a-Ride: 01761 418097, who may refer them to us for journeys.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from Swan’s service we would be glad to be of help – please call us on: 01761 439548 to speak to either Sarah or Ann.

New Drivers Sought

Swan are also very keen to recruit more drivers. Swan Drivers can choose how much or little they would like do to fit in with their lifestyle. They can have regular journeys, or drive as and when they are available – even just one journey once in a while. As a volunteer driver, you will need your own vehicle. If you know of anyone who may be interested in helping their local community in this way, Swan are keen to hear from you!

Swan Transport is a member of Localgiving and if you wish to support them by making a donation all funds raised will go towards providing this valuable service. To donate click here To contact Swan please call: 01761 439548 or email: swan.transport@btconnect.com to speak to Sarah or Ann

Parish Council Statement

VILLAGE HALL & CARPARK

It is recognised that there is an expectation amongst Parishioners that the Village Hall falls under the remit of the Parish Council. Up to this point, the Village Hall has been owned by the Parish Council but managed entirely by a separate committee as part of a lease agreement. The Parish Council recognise the lease dated 18th April 1996, title number AV120512 governs the basis of the present Temple Cloud Village Hall Project occupancy.

The Parish Council has sought advice in relation to their position and have considered their obligations to ensure that the Village Hall remains a long term and sustainable community asset available to all. A number of issues have been recognised by the Parish Council which included: the range of clubs and groups presently using the Village Hall compared to other Halls in neighbouring Villages, the last accounts reported to the Charity Commission and presented at the recent AGM, that the lease is a fully insuring and maintaining lease but that at present this obligation is not being met by the current committee nor any plan to raise funds for the future. Concerns have also been made surrounding anti-social behaviour, alcohol consumption at 18th birthday parties, littering after parties including nitrous oxide canisters and litter left following the 18th birthday party on New Year’s Eve. Questions have also been raised around the longer term possible implications for licencing and whether parties at the Village Hall were being suitably supervised.

Furthermore, the need for improvements to the Village Hall carpark is recognised. The Parish Council indicated at the November 2016 Parish Council meeting that they support a new surface to the carpark and appropriate lighting in principle. The Parish Council have access to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money which can be spent on mitigating the impact of the development and are now in receipt of one third of the total monies due with two further instalments due in September 2017 and March 2018. The Parish Council are coming to the end of a period of consultation where Parishioners have been invited to suggest how this money could best be spent.

The Parish Council could use CIL money for the purpose of improving the carpark and feel best place to manage rojects of such scale. In addition, the Parish Council are able to reclaim VAT for any work they carry out and achieve maximum value from the CIL money in this respect. Improvements to the interior have also been requested by the current committee and will also be reviewed. At the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 11th January 2017 it was determined that the Parish Council wished to improve the management of the Village Hall for the benefit of the Parish. After reviewing a number of options available, the Parish Council’s preferred option was to manage the Village Hall and associated carpark themselves. Having sought advice, the Parish Council have determined that they have the right to bring the lease to an end.

The Parish Council have now written to all six Trustees of the current Village Hall Committee (Temple Cloud Village Hall Project charity number 1053501) and have set a date of Friday 28th July 2017 (six months’ notice) to terminate the lease and for handover procedures to be completed unless the Village Hall Committee wish to complete a transfer sooner and another date is agreed. At this point the Parish Council will take full responsibility for the management of the Village Hall and Carpark facility. The Village Hall will then be run by a Parish Council led Committee. The Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been part of the Village Hall Committee past and present over the past twenty years and recognise the great effort that has gone into running the Village Hall for the benefit of the whole community.

The Parish Council intend to successfully manage the Village Hall for the benefit of the whole community inclusive to all and ensure that the Village Hall remains a real asset for the community.

Jenny Howell (Parish Clerk) on behalf of Cameley Parish Council.                                                                            
30th January 2017

BANES raise a (non-alcoholic) glass to Dry January 2017

Bath & North East Somerset Council has joined forces with Sirona care & health to encourage staff and customers to go alcohol-free for January.

Alcohol Concern’s Dry January campaign, now in its seventh year, challenges people to give up alcohol for 31 days and put the excesses of the festive period behind them, starting the New Year with a fresh, healthy approach.

Bruce Laurence, Director of Public Health for Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This year we are putting additional emphasis on getting men to join the campaign as recent research showed that men in Bath and North East Somerset are drinking substantially more than the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended guidelines of no more than 14 units per week. Men in our district are drinking on average 20.9 units of alcohol per week.

“The research also told us that of those who drink alcohol in Bath and North East Somerset, 8% have taken part in Dry January, this equates to approximately 12,000 people taking up the challenge in BANES each year. Let’s see if we can do even better for 2017. “Dry January is not just for men though – the benefits of taking a break from booze are just as great for women, so we don’t want them to miss out!”

Throughout the month the Council will be running a social media campaign with the hashtag #holdyourownBANES. The campaign encourages Dry January participants to upload photos of themselves and their alcohol free drinks, holding their own in social situations.  All photos will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win shopping vouchers.

Cllr Vic Pritchard (Conservative, Chew Valley South), Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, said: “Research from Alcohol Concern has shown that cutting out alcohol for a month can help people re-evaluate their drinking levels long term. Short term benefits include a boost to your finances, weight loss, better sleep and an overall improvement to your general health. “For those who want to join in the campaign when they start back to work in the New Year it’s not too late to sign up on 3rd January and raise a glass – of something non-alcoholic  – to Dry January! The Healthy lifestyles team from Sirona will be out and about signing up people on the streets of Bath city centre on Wednesday 4th January as well.”

Martyn Price, Sirona’s Head of Health Improvement, said: “We encourage people to take part in Dry January. Not only can people put the excesses of the festive period behind them, it can help them to save money, sleep better, have more energy and lose any excess weight.”

For more information and to sign up to Dry January visit: www.dryjanuary.org.uk and to stay up to date on all the month’s activities follow Bath & North East Somerset Council on Twitter @bathnes. You can also contact Sirona’s Healthy Lifestyle Hub on 01225 831 852.

Happy New Year from Cameley Parish Council

On behalf of the whole of Cameley Parish Council, The Chairman, Tony Hooper would like to wish residents and their families a happy New Year.

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th January 2017 and everyone is welcome.

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Modernising library services in Bath and Midsomer Norton

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced further plans to modernise library services across the district.

Following the success of the joint library and One Stop Shop in Keynsham, plans have been announced that will also see Bath’s Central Library and Midsomer Norton Library modernised to reflect the changing way people use the library service.

Data collected by Bath Central Library over an average week shows how people use the library:

  • 52% wanted to book a computer or print something out
  • 19% wanted information
  • 9% wanted to renew or borrow books
  • 6% wanted a particular item
  • 5% wanted help with their account
  • 4% wanted help with computers or photocopiers
  • 2% wanted newspapers
  • 2% wanted to hand items in
  • 1% wanted to join the library

The plans put forward by the Council will create a modern service offering access to more computers, improved Wi-Fi facilities and more family space, with continued access to the 3 million books available through the Libraries West system.

Work on the new design is underway and a first draft of the plans will be ready in the New Year when comments from members of the public will be welcome.

The plans for Bath Central Library:

  • Relocating the library to the first two floors of Lewis House in Manvers Street.
  • More computers and improved Wi-Fi access will be available to make the most of new technology and support digital access.
  • More child and family-friendly facilities will be created.
  • Designs for the new facility will be available in January with work expected to start following public feedback in the spring, with the work expected to last around nine months.
  • To ensure a continuous library service, a temporary library will be created in The Podium while work is carried out on the new location.
  • The public will be encouraged to give feedback on the plans early in the new year to help shape the final layout.

The plans for Midsomer Norton Library:

  • Relocating the library to the One Stop Shop at The Hollies.
  • There will be more computers and improved Wi-Fi access to make the most of new technology to support digital access.
  • More child and family-friendly facilities will be created.
  • Designs for the new facility will be shared with the community in January for comment and feedback.

All three million books will continue be available for members of the public to access through Libraries West and local history books will be added to the archive collection and be available to everyone in a modernised facility in The Guildhall.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The plans we are putting forward will ensure that B&NES residents have access to a modern library service which is both sustainable for the future and fits with the way in which people are now using library services. “For example, we know that people are increasingly using our libraries to access computers and information as well as attending family events, rather than simply browsing for books.” “Our plans will therefore offer more computers, improved Wi-Fi and new technology to support digital access as well as offering more child and family-friendly facilities, whilst continuing to provide access to the three million books available through Libraries West.” “At the same time, the Council is facing extremely challenging times as it looks to balance its budget. By co-locating our libraries with other community services these changes will not only provide a modern library service to residents but will also help the Council towards achieving the large savings it has to make in the coming years.”

Bath & North East Somerset Council needs to save £49 million over four years. Modernising the library service will contribute £800,000 a year towards these savings by co-locating the libraries with other public services and freeing-up current premises such as the Podium which can then generate an income for the Council through leasing opportunities.

Designs for the new facilities will be available in the New Year when members of the public will be encouraged to comment and provide feedback.

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Bath is ready for the Christmas Market

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the Bath Christmas Market between Thursday 24 November and Sunday 11 December, to enjoy the unique shopping experience with the stunning backdrop of Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, and to sample the best festive food and entertainment.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is working in partnership with Bath Tourism Plus to do what it can keep the city moving for both visitors and residents. The Council is implementing a range of measures to improve transport and access to the city during this busy period, including:

• Extending the operating hours of the city’s Park & Ride to allow shoppers to take advantage of the late night shopping opportunities provided by the Christmas Market.

• Eight extra Park & Ride buses will run on Saturdays and five extra buses on Sundays. Ticket sellers will also be working at the busiest sites to assist in the smooth operation of the services. All services will run until 9.30pm during the Christmas period.

• Creating additional capacity at Park & Ride sites. In addition to the overflow spaces at Odd Down Park & Ride, the car park at Lansdown North Playing Fields (nearly opposite Lansdown Park & Ride) will be used as an overflow car park on the Saturdays of the Christmas market. This should provide an additional 140 spaces for visitors.

• Permanent and temporary messaging signs will be in operation displaying real time car park information and directing visitors to the Park & Ride sites.

• Careful monitoring of traffic flow will take place during the period.

• A robust coach management programme is in place to assist coaches dropping off and picking up in the city.

• An embargo on all but emergency roadworks in the city until Monday 9 January in order to reduce traffic delays during the Christmas and New Year period.

• On the Saturdays of the Christmas Market Great Western Railway will be operating an extra 15 trains at peak times, creating additional capacity for people heading to Bath Spa Railway Station.

Councillor Anthony Clarke, Bath and North East Somerset Council Cabinet Member for Transport said: The Bath Christmas Market attracts more than 200,000 visitors every year so it is vital that we have measures in place to keep the city centre moving as best as possible. The Council is taking a range of steps to improve traffic movement and access to the city the during this busy period, such as extending the opening hours of our Park & Rides and providing overflow spaces at Lansdown and Odd Down. In addition, we have put a stop to all but emergency roadworks and will be closely monitoring traffic flow to see whether any additional steps need to be taken to keep traffic moving in the city centre. Wherever possible, we are encouraging shoppers and visitors to use either public transport or our Park & Ride services to get into the city, with extra buses put on. Using the Park & Ride can allow visitors to enjoy the Christmas Market experience without having to drive into the busy city centre, and we thank residents and visitors in advance for working with during this exceptionally busy time.

For further information on Park & Ride services this Christmas, please contact Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41, or click here

Join Cameley Parish Council – come and make a difference!

The Parish Council would like to announce that after filling one vacancy at the last meeting one vacancy still remains on Cameley Parish Council. Why not come along to one of our meetings to see how things are run and find out whether it is for you!

If you are interested in applying, please send an application outlining your previous skills and experience relevant to the role and the reasons you wish to volunteer to the clerk at info@templecloud.org.uk

For an informal discussion and to find out more, please contact the Clerk, Jenny Howell by email info@templecloud.org.uk or by phone 07902 906993.

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Recycle your wrapping, love your leftovers and trim your tree

Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking people to think about recycling and rubbish as the festive period approaches.

The Council’s Waste Services Team is reminding people that there will be no recycling collections on Monday 26 December. If your collection is due on this day, your next collection will be on Monday 2 January. All other collection days will be unaffected.

There will be no garden waste collections for two weeks from Monday 26 December until Friday 6 January. Normal collections will resume on Monday 9 January.

Recycling Centres across Bath and North East Somerset will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December and Sunday 1 January).

From Monday 9 to Friday 27 January, the Council will collect real Christmas trees for free as part of the fortnightly garden waste collection. The trees can also be taken to Recycling Centres.

Trees more than 1.2 metres tall must be cut so that they will fit into the vehicles and pots and decorations should be removed. They should be placed at the edge of your property on your collection day so that the crews can see them easily. Do not leave trees out on the street before your collection day. To find out which week your tree will be collected, please check the Council’s website or garden waste calendar.

If the area experiences extreme bad weather this winter, please check the Council’s website and local radio stations for updates on your collections.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We throw away more rubbish at Christmas than at any other time of the year, but there are lots of things that can be recycled.

“Wrapping paper (white backed, non- foil), greetings cards, gift tags and cardboard packaging can all be placed in recycling containers. You can also recycle other festive items like sweet and biscuit tins, aerosols, glass jars, plastic bottles and food containers like cream pots, foil from mince pies, quiches and takeaways.

“Textiles and electrical items will also be collected so you can recycle worn out Christmas jumpers and broken fairy lights and toys. Please put these in separate carrier bags next to your recycling box.”

Christmas would not be the same without the food. 74 million mince pies are thrown away every Christmas (1) so this really is a time to think about how we can waste less food and drink. The Love Food Hate Waste website (www.lovefoodhatewaste.com) has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas. Leftover food and things like turkey bones and vegetable peelings can also be recycled.

For more information please look out for an envelope from the Council with information on rubbish and recycling for the year ahead.

You can also find further information in the next edition of Connect magazine and on the Council’s website (www.bathnes.gov.uk) or by contacting Council Connect councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk

Kerbside Recycling Collections – Eastcourt Road

On Wednesday 23rd November 2016 it was reported to us that there was a delay in kerbside recycling collections at Eastcourt Road.

This appears to have been as a result of a resident moving out of a house and the removal van blocking the road, causing the crew to be unable to carry out recycling collection.

Despite the crew requesting the van driver to move to allow them access, this was refused.

A second visit was scheduled for today, and apologies have been made for any inconvenience caused.

 

The Village Operative

Andy Chick, length of service 12 years

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I met up with Andy Chick – the Village Operative who is busy sweeping to keep Temple Cloud looking its best. I wanted to find out how Andy was getting on with Village Operative duties this Autumn and took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his work.

Q – Is the timetable you work to useful and how much do you stick to the duties outlined on the timetable?
A – It is useful but it is not rigid. It is better at other times of the year but in the Autumn I spend more of my time clearing leaves in areas with high footfall. This includes the Doctors Surgery, the Bus Stops and the Village Hall. The leaves can become a hazard for Villagers especially when they are wet.

Q – Tell me about the waste, where does it get collected from?
A – I bag it up and leave if for collection by the bus shelter or opposite the Chinese. Sometimes the bags are taken within hours sometimes during my shift and other times they can be there for a couple of days awaiting the council collection.

Q – Are you allocated enough time to do your duties?
A – Mostly. It can be greatly affected by the weather. Sometimes I will sweep and the very next day the area may look like it could be done again but I carry on and tackle it again. The bus shelters could be done every day but these are the areas that people notice the most so I try to prioritise those areas especially in the Autumn when a massive task is to clear the leaves. It requires flexibility, if I see a pile of leaves outside the Surgery then I prioritise. I wouldn’t want someone to have a nasty fall, it’s common sense.

Q – What is the biggest obstacle doing this job?
A – Autumn is the hardest time with the volume of leaves falling from the trees and also the weather! The leaves become so heavy when they are wet that they can be difficult to lift from the pavement.

Q – What do you dislike about the job?
A – It always amazes me when I see fly tipping. Not just off the beaten track but sometimes on the main road for all to see. That is terrible.

Q – Tell me what keeps you motivated doing this job?
A – I love being outdoors, being on the move and keeping active. It keeps me fit and healthy really. I started doing this when my children were young and it was great to be in charge of my own time. I have been doing it ever since. I also work as a painter and decorator. I can move things around depending on weather and other commitments. I also like the fact that usually, before I leave I can see that I have made an impression.

Q – Do you get the chance to meet the Villagers?
A – Not really, I’ve been doing this job 12 years but people don’t usually stop. I suppose people have their own busy lives.

As I finished up my chat with Andy one of the residents opposite came out of their house and said ‘hello’ to Andy. No doubt many of you will remember having seen Andy around the Village in his high visibility tabard so please say hello if you see him in passing!

Parish Clerk, Jenny Howell