Thursday, 27 September 2018

Application for a fast food stall on Grand Parade

The council’s street trading policy has a number of goals most of which this application appears to frustrate:

Complements premises-based trading

There are a number of outlets in this area which are providing the food being offered by this applicant on both an eat in and take out basis.

Is sensitive to the needs of residents

We understand several residents and residents organisation have already made the case that an outlet of this nature in this location is likely to have a negative impact on their lives particularly in the light of the early hours of trading and the likely increase in gull activity, smells and crowding.

Provides diversity and consumer choice

It is hard to argue that there is a shortage of outlets of all type and price points providing Bacon rolls/filled baps and hot and cold drinks or that consumers lack choice in this area

Seeks to enhance the character, ambience and safety of local environments

Grand Parade is cited in descriptions of Bath as exhibiting the grandeur of a “processional route”, and is a key part of the World Heritage site. We would argue that the proposed stands are inappropriate on its pavements, detracting from that special ambience, impeding key views of Pulteney Bridge and the river and riverside.

Promotes healthy eating

We assume BANES would not support the suggestion that bacon rolls were a healthy eating choice but it might be worth citing the following:

“The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. And it has classified red meat as a probable carcinogen, something that probably causes cancer. IARC is the cancer agency of the World Health Organization.

Processed meat includes hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, and some deli meats. It refers to meat that has been treated in some way to preserve or flavour it. Processes include salting, curing, fermenting, and smoking. Red meat includes beef, pork, lamb, and goat.

Twenty-two experts from 10 countries reviewed more than 800 studies to reach their conclusions. They found that eating 50 grams of processed meat every day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That’s the equivalent of about 4 strips of bacon or 1 hot dog.”

In addition to the above we would draw attention to some aspects of the BANES policy in relation to this application:

12.4 Street trading hours will normally mirror those of shops in the immediate vicinity

This does not appear to be the case here.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Trade waste on the streets

 We remain unconvinced that many if any business in Bath really needs to be allocated permanent on-street trade waste dumps and we are calling for BANES to be much more transparent about how it makes decisions in this area. We also question why there is so little consultation about the location of such dumps. 
While this debate continues we believe that those businesses that have been given the privilege of storing their waste on the street should be held to a code of conduct which includes the following requirements:

·       Keeping the bins washed down

·       Sweeping the area around the bins at least twice a day

·       Taking responsibility for reporting and fly-tipped waste cleared

·       Getting their waste collected often enough to avoid overfilling

·       Not letting waste creep into the area of residential and business premises near their dump

·       Maintaining the locking systems on the bins

·       Making their staff pick up rubbish they spill

·       Making the waste contractors pick up the waste they spill

·       Wrapping organic waste properly

·       Not continuing to add waste to bins that are already full