News in April and May 2013

Cleaning up ‘Glass Alley’

It may seem that I’ve been slack in keeping this website updated lately. However, I don’t just write but also get quite active in the community. Here is a glimpse of some work that I was recently doing for the Labour Party in Twerton.
On Saturday 4th May, I was talking with residents of Poolemead Road about issues of concern to them. One person pointed me in the direction of the alleyway leading from Poolemead Road to Garrick Road, as this was full of litter and broken glass.

I returned with a ‘grabber stick’ and yard broom to clear the alley of rubbish, and came across the pile of about 70 empty glass bottles (pictured). The bottles were in a privately owned rear garden that backs onto the alley. They were breaking and spilling shards of glass over the pavement, in addition to all the other broken bottles lying around.
The resident who first mentioned the problem saw me working and went to fetch a broom himself. Together we swept up hundreds of bits of glass and bagged them up.
I have reported the pile of bottles to Council Connect, which has fowarded the information to the Cleaning Team to be dealt with as soon as possible.
This kind of problem is caused by a small minority of people not caring about the consequences of dropping litter and glass. But let’s all respect the community and keep this area clean and safe.
You can read the Labour newsletter that I made for the Poolemead Road area here.

Joe, 27/05/13

Summer Fayre

Here’s something fun for whole the family to do in Twerton at the weekend:

For more information see the First Steps website here.

Information from Jade Hughes, 08/05/13

Bits and pieces, 4th May


Bath City Farm market stall

Bath City Farm will have a stall at the spring food, craft and flea market at Green Park on Sunday 12th May. A couple of their young pygmy goats and a couple of chickens will be making a guest appearance between 11am and 1pm.

Free family play sessions

Janine from Bath Area Play Project writes:

There will be Free family play sessions at Odd Down Community Centre, Odins Road from 14th May 2013. Run by Bath Area Play Project the sessions will be based around ‘101 things to do before you are 12’ and the whole family can get involved. A real opportunity to have some fun with your kids in a playful place.
Examples include: Make your own Board Game, Learn a magic trick, Design and make your own bag and many more.
If you do not live in the area but would like to see something like this locally, then please get in touch and we could make it happen. Janine Solomon-Gardner – 07590 851546,


Time Bank open afternoon

Time Bank Plus, which has an office at 86 Twerton High Street, will be holding a multimedia exhibition of art at Southdown Methodist Centre on Friday 24th May from 1pm to 3pm. A number of Time Bank groups from Twerton and Foxhill will be involved. For more details see the programme here.

From our readers


Did you know Sally Francis?

One of our readers who left this part of Bath and moved overseas to Australia, is taking a trip back. Sally Francis (now Sally Bosenburg) would like to meet up with any old friends who remember her. Sally writes:

Hi Joe, I was wondering if you could put this out for me. I left Bath at 15 and have been in Perth, Western Australia all this time.
I found out the other day that my other half is taking me back for a holiday in September for three weeks. I would love to catch up with anyone I went to school with, at West Twerton / Hayesfield School, Twerton Junior School and Twerton Infant School. I used to live in Wedgewood Road, Redland Park and Hillcrest Drive in Southdown.
I would also love to know if anybody could take us around Twerton and Southdown for some history.


Fun Fair photos

A Fun Fair has been running at Twerton Park since Friday, following the cancellation of the traditional Easter Fair at Victoria Park. Here is a beautiful photograph of the fair captured by Mr John Rawlings.

The Fun Fair at Twerton Park by John Rawlings
You can see another of John’s photos here and a larger version of the above photo here. Did anyone else take pictures of the fair that we could show?

Joe, 21/04/13

Community news from Southdown’s latest PACT

Here are my notes on the Southdown PACT meeting held last week.

From the last meeting

At the last Southdown PACT meeting, residents had complained about Bath Spa University students parking in the side roads around Mount Road. Since no effective action has been taken, residents with off road parking will now be parking out on Mount Road in protest. The resulting chaos will hopefully prompt new measures to deal with the problem.
Residents had talked about there being not enough large signage for the new 20mph zones. The Council is still finding out which neighbourhoods want 20mph zones, but one answer may be for communities to design their own signs. This is already happening at Whiteway.
Concerns had been raised about Rosewarn Field where dog fouling, glass and fly-tipping were causing a hazard. Some young people using cannabis in Rosewarn Play Park in the evenings were preventing others from using it. Curo (Somer) will be installing CCTV in the park, and Project 28 is doing outreach work with young people who may be using drugs.

New issues arising

A trader from Mount Road spoke of problems to do with the row of shops. The CCTV camera is not working, a bollard is broken and motorists have left cars parked in the customer spaces all day.
Someone else pointed out that the Bath Community Academy (Culverhay) will be taking over the Culverhay Sports Centre and they wanted to know if this will affect services for the public. The sports centre’s services will continue as normal.
A resident mentioned the recurring issue of hedges growing over pavements which can cause people to step out into the road. There was annoyance that this issue has been raised many times but nothing is ever done.
Another resident said that a litter bin is missing from the corner of Haycombe Drive and Rosewarn Close. As a result of this, some litter gets thrown into the bushes.
It was reported that the Southdown Labour Club which is run by local residents, is struggling to keep going. At this point I became angry because Councillor Paul Crossley and the RE:generate Trust have failed to help the Labour Club. You can find out more about that here.
UPDATE: The Labour Club will be closed down as of midnight Saturday.

Joe, 01/04/13


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