Park and Ride Update

The following is from the Save Bathampton Meadows Facebook page:

B&NES Cabinet are holding a special meeting on Wednesday 25th January to decide on the location of a Park & Ride East and the fate of our precious Bathampton Meadows. PLEASE come join our protest outside the Guildhall at 4.30pm. Bring your banners, megaphones, drums and children. At 5pm join us inside the Guildhall to witness the Cabinet meeting and support the campaigners who are speaking. We need to get our message across to the 9 Tory cabinet members loud and clear.

Please note that we have requested that the timing of the meeting be moved so that people with jobs are able to attend. If they consent, the timing of the protest may change. We will keep you posted on the SBM FB page and on Twitter.

Rail electrification drop in session on Feb 2nd

The following press release was sent from Steve Payne, Communications Manager (Bristol and Bath)
for the Great Western Route Modernisation project.

More reliable, greener and quieter journeys for thousands of passengers
Electrification of the Great Western Mainline will pave the way for a new generation of electric trains. These will bring more seats and more reliable journeys.
To find out more about the programme of work taking place in the Bath area and to give any feedback, come along to our monthly drop-in. This month we will be talking about a planned temporary period of disruption between Bath and Keynsham in April 2016.
We’re in the Brunswick Room at the Guildhall, High Street, Bath. BA1 5AW, from 4.00pm – 7.30pm on:
Tuesday 2 February 2016.
For more information please visit:
networkrail.co.uk/great-western-route-modernisation/banes

Park and Ride discussed at November Valley Parish Alliance meeting

In late November at the Valley Parish Alliance meeting, members of the alliance discussed the East of Bath Park and Ride with Councillors Tim Warren and Tony Clarke. Reproduced here are the minutes from that meeting relating to the P&R.

More information on the VPA can be found on their website.

Park and Ride – Tim Warren updated members on the Park and Ride consultation process. TW confirmed that the consultation could have been handled in a better way. He had been under the impression that more work on the consultation had happened then actually occurred. B&NES have now agreed the need for a P&R scheme, but not the specific location. TW confirmed that site F was very unpopular and he would find it hard to vote in favour of this option. B&NES are working with Wilts Council as they have identified a possible site in Wiltshire on the Box Road. TW confirmed this site had already been identified in the Halcro report.

The next stage of the process will be for Scrutiny Committee led by John Ball to hold two public meetings early in the new year. The Local Democratic Framework group will also meet to discuss the issue.

VPA members queried the evidence base for actually having a P&R. Oxford is the 5th most congested city in Europe and it has 5 P&R sites. Sheffield is the 7th most congested city in Europe with 8 P&R sites. Members were concerned that there was not sufficient evidence to support the fact that a P&R would solve the traffic problems.

TW reiterated that there is an East of Bath traffic problem, B&NES are committed to building 6000 new dwellings, creating more jobs, homes, businesses and traffic. The other P&R sites have over 1million users a year. B&NES are trying to dissuade commuters from parking in Bath. Members highlighted that it is not convenient for businesses to use P&R’s as they need to be able to get to and from their businesses easily. VPA members reiterated how important it was to put the evidence/data of traffic levels and the need for a P&R site into the public domain.

Announcing the ‘Sing to save Bathampton Meadows’ session, Saturday 17th October

What’s it about? We will be singing a slightly reworded version of Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell’s seminal 1970 hit) to express in song how we feel about saving Bathampton meadows from becoming a park and ride (see words below)

When is it? This coming Saturday October 17th at 1.00pm

Who’s it for? Absolutely anyone who would like to join in. Everyone and all ages welcome.

Where’s it happening? Meet up at the Bathampton end of the new pedestrian/cycle path that runs from Batheaston car park

How are we going to do it? We’ll start with a practice session to make sure that everyone is comfortable that they know what they’re doing and then we’ll make a video recording of it to post on social media (and send to B&NES!).

Big Yellow Taxi – Bathampton Meadows Style

Don’t pave paradise,
Don’t give us a park and ride
Full of concrete and lights
And motors that you really can’t hide
B&NES don’t let the future show
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
Don’t pave paradise,
Don’t give us a park and ride

Council, council, put away that JCB now,
Leave the grass on the meadows
And let’s keep the birds and the trees….PLEASE
B&NES don’t let the future show
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
Don’t pave paradise,
Don’t give us a park and ride

We said
B&NES don’t let the future show
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone…..
Don’t pave paradise,
Don’t give us a park and ride
Don’t pave paradise,
Just throw out the park and ride
Save paradise,
Say no to the park and ride!

If you’d like to join in please contact Carole Bond, 852533.

Batheaston Forward Park and Ride Protest on 22nd September

A message from Batheaston Forward:

Residents of Batheaston and surrounding villages – please join us at the Guildhall, Bath to protest against the proposed Park & Ride sites to the east of Bath on Tuesday 22nd September at 6pm when the Exhibition to promote the Park and Ride is open to the public.

We need you to show BANES and Ben Howlett MP that this is not needed nor wanted. We will be inviting the press, the local TV news programmes and BBC Radio Bristol and we will be giving statements and interviews.

Come for an hour if that is all you can offer and bring your placards and banners – please don’t leave the protest to your neighbours – We Need You!

The consultation period is so short we must act now!

Please fill in the questionnaire on the BANES website saying we don’t want this and write to your MP – Jacob Rees-Mogg.
We look forward to seeing you in numbers on Tuesday 22nd September, outside The Guildhall, Bath.
If we don’t oppose this the Park and Ride WILL happen on our doorsteps – and our landscape, countryside, and wildlife will be altered forever.

Please sign our petition on www.change.org

We have set up this email account so we can receive messages – eastbathpandr@gmail.com Also, please keep checking your Facebook page or Batheaston Forward website for updates.

Best wishes,
Steve Frayling, Chairman, Catherine McCarthy, Secretary
Batheaston Forward

In addition to the consultation at the Guildhall, there is also one in Bathampton Village Hall on Saturday 19th from 2-6pm.
Members of the Bathampton Parish Council will be available on the day to discuss the Council’s viewpoint on the proposal, and we urge everyone to come along and get involved in the process. We need to know how the village feels about each location and the proposal in general so that we can accurately reflect your views.

Consultation on towpath upgrade on Friday August 28th

Bath & North East Somerset Council is running a public consultation as to how best to improve a significant portion of the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal between Sydney Gardens and Bathampton.

The towpath is one of the most heavily used sections on the canal, and is popular with pedestrians, cyclists, anglers and boaters. Working with the Canal & River Trust and in consultation with local ward councillors, Bath & North East Somerset Council has developed preliminary proposals which include improving the surface for year round use and widening the towpath where possible.

The proposals will be presented at a public exhibition in Bathampton Village Hall on Friday August 28, 2-8pm, and will seek views on the proposal from the local community and users of the towpath and the canal.

Improvements are being made possible thanks to a successful bid for City Cycle Ambition Funding by the Council, which has been allocated £3.8 million over the next three years. £650,000 is available to undertake the works on the towpath. This will include an improvement to the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal between Sydney Gardens and Bathampton, and two cycling facilities across the River Avon near Bath Spa Station and Locksbrook Bridge.

Cllr Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The Council has been awarded a significant amount of money by Government for this project and wants to ensure that all users of the towpath have their say in how it is spent. I would encourage anyone who is interested to attend one of these events.”

The proposals will also be available to view on the Council’s website www.bathnes.gov.uk