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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Covid-19

This is a worrying time for all of us but especially for our older members.

With the potential plans for people over 70 to be asked to stay at home months whether they feel unwell or not, we think that it is important that we make plans now to reassure those affected, of the support of our community.

Please would you be particularly mindful of older people who have flats in the same house as you or neighbours either side.

If you are in the affected group and think that you will need help of any kind, please let friends and neighbours know.

If you know of someone whom you think will need help, please contact them and ask if you can help them in any way.

If you know of neighbours who need help, or you yourself need help, please do contact TARA and we will do what we can to assist either personally or put you in touch with people or organisations who can.

For those of you in a position to offer more help 3SG is registered charity working all year round for a more connected and resilient Bath & NE Somerset. During this difficult time, we want to make sure that our residents are looking out for one another to help everyone stay safe and healthy. Lot's of people are getting in touch to support others in their community which is great. If you're healthy and at low-risk, you can be a Compassionate Community Connector and help others across Banes. Sign up now, and pass the word on. Sign up here

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

The Min Development

We have seen the chaos surrounding the hotel development on South Parade which has massively overrun, causing unacceptable levels of nuisance and disruption to local residents, creating traffic disruption and creating an eyesore in a conservation area which is of often the first view visitors have of Georgian Bath.

We are now facing the prospect of another similar massive building project right in the heart of the world heritage site. If this development is anywhere near as big a shambles as the one on South Parade it could be a disaster for Bath as a World Heritage Site and tourist destination as well as having a potentially devastating impact on residents and traders in a huge and important area of our city.

What are BANES planning to do to avoid this potentially disastrous scenario unfolding? What lessons have been learned from the shambles on South Parade?

How will the traffic management plan for Bath be adapted to accommodate site traffic? Are the council still planning to exclude traffic from Kingsmead square and how will that work with the need to provide site access and serving of local businesses?

What noise standards will be imposed and who will monitor compliance?

What pollution standards will be imposed and who will monitor and enforce compliance?

How will residents' rights to privacy be safeguarded?

What standards will be set for keeping the site as visually unobtrusive as possible? This is a very important consideration in the heart of the World Heritage Site.

What support will be available to vulnerable residents living around the site?

What standards will be set for regular ongoing consultation with residents and traders? This latter was a major hole in the planning for the Footprint project

What framework of oversight will be put in place and will it include provision for officers visiting residents and traders to proactively identify issues which need to be resolved? Or will we again rely on a reactive strategy requiring formal complaints?

Will a proper mediation process be put in place to resolve conflicts of interests?