Cleveland Bridge – Weight Restriction to be Lifted

Listed Buildings Application No 20/01893/LBA Cleveland Bridge. This council application seeks to repair the weakened Cleveland Bridge, remove the 18 tonne weight limit and once more allow some 1000 Heavy Goods Vehicles per day to pass over this Grade Two Star listed iconic bridge This will impose the ramifications of pollution, noise, vibration, congestion, which are significantly reduced with the weight limit. The Pulteney Estates Residents Committee has formally submitted an objection within the consultation period. This objection can be viewed on the B&NES website. We are requesting more information to help us discern the engineering soundness of the bridge. The heritage statement describes its historic importance . “The historic bridge is considered one of the finest late Georgian bridges in the Greek revival style anywhere……is a heritage asset of very high ( national ) significance. The listing includes the whole of the bridge and associated toll houses” The bridge was repaired in 1929, in 1992 and now again in 2020. View here: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/webforms/planning/details.html?refval=20/01893/LBA

You cannot comment directly on the site but if you have an opinion you can write to the council or to our Bath MP Vera 

Wera Hobhouse

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Bath Breathes: Clean Air 2021

Bath’s clean air zone

A class C clean air zone will see charges for most higher emission vehicles driving in the centre of Bath from early 2021 (delayed from Nov 2020).

Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged, even if they’re used for work. However, drivers of cars that are 18 years or older (first registered before March 2001 and classed PLG on a V5 form) will need to apply for an exemption to avoid charges.

To meet the strict air quality targets set for us, we’re also introducing measures to reduce the flow of traffic into Queen Square and Gay Street.

A financial assistance scheme is available to help those affected by charges to upgrade to a compliant vehicle.

The plan has been shaped by feedback from public consultations in autumn 2018 and autumn 2019.

https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021-overview

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Widening Pavements: Social Distancing

Pavement Widening

A media release from B&NES:

Temporary measures to widen pavements, remove traffic from roads, and improve cycling, will be introduced in parts of the city to help people to socially distance and to encourage a long-term shift in the way people travel around Bath and North East Somerset.

Plans to temporarily widen pavements in Camden Road, St Saviours Road, Manvers Street/ Pierrepont Street, Monmouth Place, Monmouth Street, Moorland Road, North Parade, Queen Square, Somerset Street, Terrace Walk, Walcot Street, Westgate Buildings and Weston High Street, are underway. The social distancing measures should be in place by mid-June to support any re-opening of shops and businesses.

Locations have been selected where there is a likelihood that people will step into the road as a result of the two-metre social distancing rule or because they are roads with more traffic on them and therefore less safe for pedestrians.

In addition to support businesses re-opening in the city centre access restrictions and removal of on-street parking is being considered. This is to avoid pinch points so that people can safely socially distance and wait outside shops without a conflict with traffic. This includes Milsom Street, Cheap Street, Westgate Street, Upper Borough Walls, York Street, Green Street and Kingsmead Square.

The council is working with Bath BID to look at signage to encourage people to keep a safe distance from each other and to queue safely within the city centre pedestrian area.

Further measures include

*   Removing the need to push buttons at 22 signalised junctions
*   Road safety posters to increase drivers’ awareness that pedestrians may step out into the road as they maintain social distancing

The new measures will be place for the duration of the government advice, which all councils have been directed to follow in order to support the recovery from Covid-19.

They use Emergency Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) to allow cities and towns to re-open, recover and operate within social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The measures also pave the way for permanent liveable-neighbourhoods with an emphasis on more walking and cycling.

As the council progresses these schemes full consideration will be made of our obligations under the Equality Act.

In addition to implementing the urgent temporary social distancing measures Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking for views on a raft of longer-term improvements, some of which could be introduced on an experimental basis, including allocating additional road space to improve cycling and walking for daily commuting and better signage across the area.

The council is about to launch a new Liveable Neighbourhoods website for residents to share views on where we can create more space for walking and cycling. The site https://bathnesliveablestreets.commonplace.is/<http://tracking.vuelio.co.uk/tracking/click?d=1eWG8IrLCjFvllY11ICj0URi2bkwBFTmwVBeme4xGrc_8oe6ymg2vWjn_37Wd1FXi32f5MQG6LEgl_yEM7IqXrTiZfl5EzevgC-EWPIK19SXJ5vYZD4M1lmEkjA8sxGfJbqiXCude-G-6pM9MLLM8lr4H2gz4mbLtOqfUdeh_rce0> should be going live next week and people can sign up for it now.

Councillor Joanna Wright, cabinet member for Transport Services, said: “The Government is urging all of us who are contemplating returning to work to consider more active ways to travel like cycling and walking.  It is crucial that we take pressure off roads and public transport networks and rethink how we use private vehicles and where we park.

“We are planning pavement widening and cycle improvements to help with social distancing as well as improved signage, particularly in the city centre of Bath. But we also want to seek views and are launching a Liveable Neighbourhoods website which asks people to get involved as part of our longer-term aspirations. We are also working with our partners in the West of England to agree a list of transport schemes that can be introduced in the short term utilising the pending government funding.

“We have a responsibility to radically rethink the way we travel around Bath and North East Somerset. As part of our recovery we have a once-in-a-generation chance to develop long-term sustainable changes to the way we travel. These include a programme of liveable-neighbourhoods, new ways of supporting and improving cycling for daily commuting and reallocating road space.”

Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, added: “This is an ambitious proposal from the council to greatly improve the city centre for those getting around, shopping and enjoying other leisure activities. We need to be able to allow people space to socially distance as they walk around and these measures enable that. We are really interested to hear people’s views particularly those of disabled people so we can make sure their needs are taken into account.”

As well as considering measures in line with the government’s directive, and as part of the council’s response to recovery, the council will be consulting city centre businesses, service providers and residents on a package of public realm measures.

These will integrate work which was underway, before the Covid-19 pandemic, in partnership with Avon & Somerset Police, which will permanently strengthen the city centre’s security and public safety. This will be done through access management and enhanced street furniture in addition to improving the public realm.  Consultation, which will include consulting on the needs of disabled people, is due to start later in the year.

For details about the temporary measures please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathsocialdistancing

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5G Tower – Larkhall

To complement our message from Fiona Williams about the application by EE for a 5G tower near Larkhall Athletic Football Club Ground,  we would like to add additional information and to reinforce Fiona’s message that objections to this planning application must be made on environmental grounds rather than on the risks to human health, which are contested.   A BBC news source gives a brief overview in its answers to the question:  “Does 5G pose health risks?” here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48616174.
Your objection to the planning application needs to be on environmental grounds  –  to quote from Fiona’s message the mast will be “just metres away in a football field used by children and adults for training and recreation, close to homes, nurseries, schools, allotments and wildlife habitats, and on the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Issues such as tree felling, sightlines and the imposing nature of the mast in this environment can be raised, and thorough research you can find out more.
For more detail and to comment on the application,  please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/webforms/planning/search.html   Planning reference no: 20/01315/TEL    The Consultation Deadline is May 20th.
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