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Monday, 30 March 2015

CCTV

Residents are currently facing a large number of changes in the way in which Bath is policed and CCTV will play an increasingly important role in the deployment of limited resources. 

With this in mind we are working with other members of the CCAG to create a fund to buy new CCTV cameras and expand the network. 

Our initial priority is to extend coverage north of George Street which is an area that attracts more than its fair share of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing and also provides an escape route for troublemakers in the rest of the city centre. 

We have already had offers of support from local business and will be lobbying the local authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner to match our efforts to increase the safety and security of the city centre.

An ideal opportunity?

BANEs for some years wanted to introduce a weight limit on Cleveland Bridge and Warminster Rd. This proposal has been consistently opposed by Wiltshire because of the anticipated impact of such a scheme on Westbury which means they cannot get agreement on the route of a bypass.

We would seem to have an ideal opportunity to test Wiltshires position by having either the Highways Agency or the Highways Authority carry out a traffic survey around Westbury whilst the A36 is closed for remedial work.

The results of this work should assist all parties to move the discussion forward and move us all nearer to a solution.

We are writing key officers and politicians  in the hope and expectation that they can ensure that this gets done once the A36 work starts or indeed confirm that plans are already in place. 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Abbey Residents Association will be on Thursday April 23rd at 6.30 pm at St Michael’s Church, Broad Street.


AGENDA

1.            Apologies

2.            Minutes of the 2014 meeting and Matters Arising

3.            Chairman’s Report

4.            Treasurer’s Report

5.            Election of Officers and Committee

6.            Any Other Business

Following the meeting

A hustings arranged by the City Centre Action Group will be held

MEET THE CANDIDATES

CCAG

THE CITY CENTRE ACTION GROUP
BATH

THE ABBEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
THE CIRCUS AREA RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
THE PULTENEY ESTATE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION


MEET THE CANDIDATES


Following the Annual General Meeting of the Abbey Residents Association the CCAG will hold a hustings
on Thursday April 23rd at 7.30 pm at St Michael’s church, Broad Street, Bath
The meeting will be attended by candidates for the two Abbey Ward seats for the Council elections to be held May 7th. 

Brian Webber, Conservative
Louise Bray, Liberal Democrat
Manda Rigby, Liberal Democrat
Peter Turner, Conservative
Johnathan Carr, Green
Laurel Casserley, Labour
Jenny Knight, Independent

Each party will have up to three minutes, if they wish, to address the meeting, then the meeting will be opened up to questions from the floor.

Speakers and Guests who are not members of TARA should attend at 7.30.  A lift is available for those who need it and wine will be served at the end of the meeting.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Regulation in theory and practice

We have had a number of discussions with Councillors and officers about regulation where they seem to confuse the fact that regulations exist to control something with whether something is actually being regulated in practice.

The latest example arose in conjunction with the consultation over busking where we pointed out that a number of other people and groups created noise which adversely affected others quality of life and in particular licensed premises who blare music onto the streets in the early house of the morning. We were told that the latter did not need to be discussed as the were "already regulated".

A walk down George Street, North Parade or Pierrepont Street in the early hours of Saturday or Sunday morning would quickly establish that this is not the case.