Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Location of Trade Waste Bins

Trade waste bins are large and often cause problems. They block highways and access to premises, they are often dirty and smelly and the attract litter and vermin.

We are told bins have to be on the streets because business have no room to store them on site. This argument often feel rather weak to flat dwelling city centre residents who are expected to find space to store their rubbish  within their homes for a week.

Many bins are located near listed buildings and in conservation areas.

One thing we have been unable to establish is how decisions about the location of trade waste bins are made and by whom.

We think this process need to be more transparent and involve consultation with residents and other businesses in affected areas.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Smoking and the problems it creates in the city centre

Bath is littered with cigarette debris, despite constant appeals to smokers to dispose of their litter responsibly. This litter is unattractive to look at and expensive to clear up.

Smoking also creates another problem in the city centre. Considerable strides have been made in reducing the nuisance cause by the operations of late night bars and nightclubs and most of the remaining nuisance is caused by groups of people congregating outside. This problem is largely created by people going outside to smoke.

This is a problem both for neighbours who have to put up with the noise and litter created and licensees who incur additional security cost and heating costs.

We believe the time has come to consider following other countries and communities and ban smoking in all public spaces including our streets.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Pollution, parking and traffic flows

One of the factors that increases pollution in the city centre is people driving around the city seeking somewhere to park. While we applaud the plans to build more out of town parking, particularly to the east of the city, we also recognise that people need to and want to drive the cars into the city. We therefore believe that it is important to have better planning for what to do with vehicles coming into the city that need to park. We would therefore like to see:
  • More parking capacity in the city centre, perhaps by adding another layer above or below Charlotte Street
  • An end to giving planning consent to hotel developments which have no parking provision
  • A proper strategy for managing coaches visiting the city
  • A firm principle that parking spaces cannot be removed without a plan to provide additional capacity elsewhere
  • That on street parking should be primarily for residents' use but with clear allocation of bays that businesses can use for their customer loading and collecting
Our research shows that a key factor in reducing pollution from vehicles in the city centre is reducing the amount of stop start driving they do. This mean removing unnecessary obstructions, for instance reducing the number of traffic lights, and ensuring traffic lights are better coordinated to avoid the build up of queues.