Queen Square tree is axed!

Queen Square tree is axed!


Finishing off the felling of the Queen Square hornbeam.

Finishing off the felling of the Queen Square hornbeam. Click on images to enlarge.

Well the deed has been done. I am informed the men with a chainsaw turned up in Queen Square before nine this morning (Wednesday, November 26th) to fell the European ‘Fastigiate’ hornbeam.

The one tree on the historic central lawn to literally fall victim to the £100,000 B&NES has lavished on refurbishing this well-loved little ‘park’ in the centre of town.

By now the chunks of  freshly felled tree have been delivered to the Bath Approach Golf

All that's left of the hornbeam tree.

All that’s left of the hornbeam tree.

Course for the public to pick over the spoils and get some Yule logs for free.

It’s a sad end for a tree that was not dangerous or diseased but just happened to be in the wrong place.

Repair work to the Bath stonework on the south side gateway.

Repair work to the Bath stone work on the south side gateway.

Workmen in Queen Square  have continue to lay an improved and newly surfaced pathway around  the lawn. It’s re-opening next Tuesday – December 2nd. Any returning will probably come in the spring.

The cash injection also pays for improved areas for Petanque and new benches. I don’t know why l thought we were getting new gates on the East and West sides but l must have misinterpreted the Council press release and its ‘new gateways.’

As l have mentioned the only real casualty of this renovation has been the

...now you don't!

…now you don’t!


Now you see it .......

Now you see it …….

B&NES say the loss of this one tree will be made good.

A Council spokesman told me : ‘By removing the tree and opening the side gates, the upper area of the square will be lighter, more attractive and better used by the public which will improve vision, public surveillance and policing of the area.

Its removal will also provide more space for events in the park (such as the very successful Petanque event).’ Has the tree been sacrificed just to make more room for commercial events?

I caught up with Dave Dixon – Deputy Leader of the Council – this morning.



Followers of this Museum will know we have frequently covered the effects of anti-social behaviour in the Square and featured the damage that has been done.

It would appear that the same dog has been seen causing serious damage to the bark of many of the trees in Queen Square. The Council tried wrapping fencing around the trunks but this has not deterred the vandalism.

Recent evidence of damage to a tree in Queen Square.

Recent evidence of damage to a tree in Queen Square.

It is understood some form of dog repellent paint will now be tried but the Council spokesman added:

‘We are also exploring a range of options for protecting the tree stock in Queen Square from anti-social behaviour and are keen to develop a permanent solution to this problem as soon as possible.’

One person who will be happy to see a permanent solution to the issue of tree damage is local resident Terry Basson who plays Petanque in Queen Square.

I asked him for his opinion regarding the felled tree.

Terry said its removal would certainly bring some light to this shaded corner.

‘I think they want to do this because  of the drunks who sit in the darker end hiding away.  This part of the park is mostly in shadow.’

Terry Basson

Terry Basson

Terry has campaigned now for months to get proper fencing erected around each tree in the Square.

‘I would sacrifice one tree if l thought they (B&NES) were going to properly protect the remainder.’

Meanwhile despite signs warning of a £100 fine for letting your dog off the lead this person appears to return frequently and more damage is being done.

I am hearing stories of organised dog fights in the Bath area and it would seem that chewing bark is a good way of strengthening the animal’s jaws.

Why, l wonder do they not ban dogs altogether from this tiny area?

Certainly proper fencing is needed around each tree.

As to the list of reasons for felling the tree, the opening of side gateways had nothing to do with letting the tree stay or go. The square used to have a gate on each side.

Of course, originally John Wood did not design this area to be softened and secluded by trees and surrounded by fences and gates. It was a giant promenading space where Bath’s parading spa visitors could deliberately show off and be seen.

Q and Nash's Ray c.1740-1770 by Thomas Robins © Bath in Time

Queen Square and Nash’s Ray c.1740-1770 by Thomas Robins © Bath in Time

The original 70 foot hight obelisk was surrounded by a lovely pool of reflecting water. Bath’s own mini Washington Monument.

We use the area for a different purpose today. It’s a green island in a sea of traffic.

As to opening up the surrounding Georgian architecture l think people are attracted by the fact the Square is screened and shaded and an oasis from reality.

A view of the transforming Queen Square from the first floor of the BRSLI.

A view of the transforming Queen Square from the first floor of the BRSLI.

Every tree affects the grass beneath it.

Go into Abbey Green and see how each year they turf underneath the giant plane tree and then we watch the grass die and be replaced again.

Don’t waste your money B&NES.

I have already called for some sort of Friends of Queen Square.

It would be good to work on something that might make the people who live and work around this historic site more aware of what is in their midst and, hopefully, want to care more about its future.

As we have heard B&NES would love some sort of trust to take over its long-term care. More taxpayer’s cash saved!

In the meantime – returning to the axed tree  – how ironic that in this city so proud of its classical past, it would seem the wood from the European Hornbeam is so solid it was reportedly used by the ancient Romans to make chariots, as well as being used by the American pioneers to make yokes for their oxen.

This ‘Fall’ the Queen Square hornbeam fell.





Victoria Bridge fully back in action by mid December!

Victoria Bridge fully back in action by mid December!

victoria bridge

A new approach being created for the refurbished Victoria Bridge. Click on images to enlarge.


Some welcome news for people waiting to hear what the  official opening date for the refurbished Victoria Bridge will be.

Bath’s own suspension bridge across the River Avon was built by local engineer  James Dredge. It opened in 1836 to provide transport access to his brewery and currently it has been undergoing a major refurbishment to ensure a safe and sound future.

The leader of B&NES Council, Cllr Paul Crossley tells me : ‘Victoria bridge will reopen on the 1st December following the successful removal of the Mabey truss.

This will be a partial width opening to allow pedestrian and cycle access but works to the balustrades on each side will continue.

The contract completion to finish all works is the 17th December.’

Victoria Bridge nearing its official  refurbished completion.

Victoria Bridge nearing its official refurbished completion.

Cllr Paul Crossley Leader, B&NES

Cllr Paul Crossley
Leader, B&NES

I think most people will agree the contractors have made a good job of renovating this unusual structure too.

The bridge has been given a new lease of life and is now a central feature for the riverside residential development going on alongside it.

It also brings back a much-needed cross-city link for cyclists and becomes an attraction in its own right for those being encouraged to use the new riverside pathway that passes beneath it on the former industrial side of the river.

Concern grows for future of the “Min”.

One of Bath’s best-loved Georgian buildings could be about to shut up shop.

With a personal view of developments, Professor George Odam, who was Patient Governor of the RNHRD for nine years until his resignation in August last year, raises his concerns for the building’s future and has his own ideas about how the Min could still play a useful role to enhance the city’s reputation as a health spa.

In 1988 there was a move to relocate The Min to the RUH site in Combe Park and the plans and rationale can be viewed at the Guildhall Archive. Merging the administration of the two hospitals makes good sense, but the identity and mission of both are very different and both need preservation so that they can continue to function. This has been achieved in many other English cities.

However, in 1988 the proposal was to sell The Min and make it into a shopping mall, with a Plan B of a hotel. Since the rebuild of Southgate, the loss of The Podium and the new hotel development in Beau Street, the most likely outcome of the sale of The Min would be a boarded up site that would deteriorate and be subject to vandalism.

But money <strong>is</strong> a central issue and a new campaign to save, recondition and modernise the interior of The Min and restore the Grade 2 exterior would have to be found. There are local, national and private funds for this sort of thing once a case has been well made, and I am certain that many patients, families and friends would wish to support such a venture.

Bath is the only significant and active European Spa City without its own Spa Hospital. In the 1960s and 70s The Min’s hydrotherapy pool was fed by the Roman Spring until the amoeba stopped it all. The conduits still lie beneath the streets.”


<strong>EDITOR</strong> Professor Odam mentioned the launch of Dr Roger Roll’s new book describing the rise of mineral water as a therapy and how treatments in Rheumatology have changed. It will be launched in the Chapel at The Min on Monday, November 26th. It’s a ticket only presentation which is complemented by an exhibition of original 18th century patient records and historical medical artefacts.

<a href=”http://virtualmuseumofbath.com/virtual-museum-of-bath-2012/chapel/#main&#8221; rel=”attachment wp-att-481″><img title=”chapel” alt=”” src=”http://richardwyattblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/chapel.jpg?w=280&#8243; height=”168″ width=”224″ /></a> The chapel at The Min

Kate Lane and her helpers at the hospital have been putting it  together and l know she wants to develop the display further and hopefully be able to let school groups in to visit. I have asked her to do her own Virtual Museum piece on the subject in the not too distant future!

However, l have been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of some of the exhibits. I love signatures and have had the fantastic opportunity of gazing down at the names of some of the city’s historical ‘greats’ in their own hand writing – including Richard Nash, William Oliver, Ralph Allen and John Wood the Elder. Also some of the earliest patients records in very clear handwriting.

<a href=”http://virtualmuseumofbath.com/virtual-museum-of-bath-2012/ralph-allen-signature/#main&#8221; rel=”attachment wp-att-485″><img title=”ralph allen signature” alt=”” src=”http://richardwyattblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/ralph-allen-signature.jpg?w=280&#8243; height=”210″ width=”280″ /></a> Clearly ‘Ralph Allen’

<a href=”http://virtualmuseumofbath.com/virtual-museum-of-bath-2012/richard-nash/#main&#8221; rel=”attachment wp-att-486″><img title=”richard nash” alt=”” src=”http://richardwyattblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/richard-nash.jpg?w=280&#8243; height=”168″ width=”224″ /></a> Look down the list for ‘Jo Wood’

<a href=”http://virtualmuseumofbath.com/virtual-museum-of-bath-2012/patients-report/#main&#8221; rel=”attachment wp-att-483″><img title=”patients report” alt=”” src=”http://richardwyattblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/patients-report.jpg?w=195&#8243; height=”260″ width=”195″ /></a> Patient records from 1749!

Remember this was a hospital serving the poor of all England and many of them stayed here for many weeks. At the bottom of each entry is a clear indication of whether they had benefitted from their treatment or died!

I loved the collection of badges which had to be worn by patients to identify them as such. One entry records the fact that a patient was turned out for being caught in a local public house. Landlords could be fined for serving patients from the hospital.

<a href=”http://virtualmuseumofbath.com/virtual-museum-of-bath-2012/hospital-badges/#main&#8221; rel=”attachment wp-att-482″><img title=”hospital badges” alt=”” src=”http://richardwyattblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/hospital-badges.jpg?w=195&#8243; height=”260″ width=”195″ /></a> Collection of ward and patient badges

There is much here that truly deserves to be seen by a wider audience. This ancient institution – England’s first national hospital – is an important part of this city’s history.

virtualmuseumofbath.com 2012.

Barriers come off the London Road

Barriers come off the London Road

A new tarmac strip has appeared beside part of the London Road into the city centre where workmen are busy installing new kerbs and paving on this ‘gateway’ into Bath.

It’s a temporary coating to provide a safe and less muddy walkway for pedestrians while the resurfacing work continues.

This earth surface has now got a temporary coating of tarmac

This earth surface has now got a temporary coating of tarmac

Exterio painting under way at the Gainsborough.

Exterior painting under way at the Gainsborough.

The lights are on in the hotel's new 5 star bedrooms!

The lights are on in the hotel’s new 5 star bedrooms!

It’s an operation that has been plagued with problems and one wonders whether it wouldn’t have been easier and cheaper to have gone for a proper tarmac surface in the first place!

In answer to those who have wondered why the whole pathway has been ripped up at once – rather than doing a piece at a time – l am told B&NES had told contractors that the London Road had to be clear of barriers by today (Friday) as the real Christmas rush gets underway.

Installing the kerb means the workmen can now get on with the job of laying new paving.

The work will be halted over the Christmas holidays and will not be finished until into the new year.

Elsewhere in the city l notice they’ve started painting exterior windows at the new 5 star Gainsborough Spa Hotel and there is also real evidence of hotel rooms being fitted out.

No opening date for 2015 has yet been given.


Market pitch for Georgian lido

Market pitch for Georgian lido


georgian lidoFor the first time ever, the Cleveland Pools Trust will have the Charity Chalet (Orange Grove) for one day at the incredibly popular Bath Christmas Market… that’s on Thursday 4th December 2014 from 10am til 8pm

The Trust will be selling a full selection of newly-branded and designed Cleveland Pools products, from delicious ‘Ultimate’ Christmas puddings and prints of the iconic ‘Handstand Man’, to a logo’d mug, fridge magnet, notebook stocking fillers and the wonderful new ‘Diving Lady’ poster by Catherine Phelps which celebrates the Pools forthcoming Bicentenary in 2015.

Some of the festival produce on sale.

Some of the festival produce on sale.

They will also sell her “Three Kings at the Pools” Christmas cards and have already had so many requests that they’ve had to order more.

Everything is at competitive prices, including postcards of the Pools by Bath artist Peter Brown for only 40p.

All product is package-protected for safe carrying.

The Trust are hoping the public will come along to help them raise funds to re-open Bath’s unique Georgian swimming pool.

New ticket deal for Victoria Art Gallery.

New ticket deal for Victoria Art Gallery.

Solar panels to ease the lighting bill and a rooftop café are just two of the possibilities opening up for Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery as it takes a long hard look at its future prospects.

Jon Benington - Manager of the Victoria Art Gallery

Jon Benington – Manager of the Victoria Art Gallery

These were just two ideas put forward by Manager Jon Bennington at a consultation event held in the gallery at which members of the public  heard about  ‘Forward Plans’ being developed for two of the city’s most important museums – the Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery.

It’s a shame more Bath people didn’t show up at the Gallery last night (Wednesday, November 26th)  to hear about exciting new proposals  to promote and expand two of the city’s major cultural attractions.

Jon told the two-dozen gathered in the upper gallery that the Victoria Art Gallery was there to serve local people but ‘as the Council is under pressure to save money the Gallery has to play its part in being a bit more imaginative about creating income.’

His was a small building but Council plans for opening up the empty spaces alongside – leading through to the Colonnades beside the Pulteney Bridge Weir – could provide space for a roof-top café and allow the museum shop to be extended.

The gathering at the Victoria Art Gallery

The gathering at the Victoria Art Gallery. Click on images to enlarge.

‘If someone can find the money we need to expand. The gallery is severely limited on its current footprint in terms of generating more income.’

Amongst other ideas put forward was reviewing and expanding the range of gallery events including tours of the collection.

They would look at their opening hours – including whether they should be open during Bank Holidays – and explore the possibilities of promoting events on banner sites around Bath. It was hoped banners might be possible outside the gallery too!

Said Jon: ‘ Our entrance often comes across as cold and clinical and – in promoting an all singing and dancing ground floor we must not let upstairs become a fossil.’

They were also working on a feasibility scheme to enable the Gallery to become a centre for studying Georgian England and developing the website and their use of social media.

Said Jon: ‘We have one thousand items on the website but we have ten thousand in our collection. There is a lot more work to do.’

Stephen Clews - Manager of the Roman Baths and Pump Room.

Stephen Clews – Manager of the Roman Baths and Pump Room.

Our intimate audience also heard from Stephen Clews who is the Manager of the Roman Baths and Pump Room. He was able to announce that the fabulous Beau Street Hoard of Roman coins will be going on show at the Roman Baths in February next year.

He also explained the idea behind the proposed Archway Centre. Heritage Lottery funding is in place for detailed plans to begin now but basically the Roman Baths are hoping to turn an old city laundry – 19th century industrial buildings – into  a World Heritage Interpretation Centre with a Learning Centre above.

The illustration shows the proposed Archway Centre.

The illustration shows the proposed Archway Centre.

The Archway Centre refers to the ornamental arch that was put above York Street to hide the pipes carrying hot water back from the laundry to the baths.

Hot off the press. News that from April next year the combined ticket offered for the Roman Baths and Fashion Museum will be going three-way to include the Victoria Art Gallery.

Jon explained: ‘It may cost a bit more but we are absolutely delighted because it will hopefully introduce the Gallery to a million visitors to the Roman Baths who may not necessarily know we are here.’




Bath music student pens Christmas ad

Bath music student pens Christmas ad

Bath Spa University Commercial Music student Ellie James’s new song ‘Company’ is being used as the soundtrack to the Peacocks Christmas TV advert which airs tonight, Wednesday 26 November 2014.

Commercial music student Ellie James

Commercial music student Ellie James

Ellie who performs as ‘Ellie Makes Music’ is in her second year at Bath Spa. The talented musician and performer has already received recognition having performed at The Houses of Parliament, been chosen as Artist of the Week and playlisted on BBC Radio Wales. Her music has also been played on Amazing Radio, BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music and Nation Radio.

The advert is entitled ‘Waiting 4 Christmas’ and is available to view here

Commenting on her song being used as Peacocks Christmas TV advert soundtrack, Ellie said: “I’m absolutely over the moon that Peacocks have chosen my song ‘Company’ for their Christmas advert. It’s really lovely to work with such a fantastic company. I’ve learnt so much from the Commercial Music course in just a year and a half, and the course has really prepared me for the madness of the music industry.”

Ellie Makes Music songs are coming of age stories from the front-line of teenage life, with her song topics ranging from depression, anxiety and loneliness, to empowerment, bravery and growing up.

‘Company’ is available to download now from iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and Spotify by visiting https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/company-single/id941656211

For more information about Ellie Makes Music as well as her debut EP ‘City Lights’, visit http://www.elliemakesmusic.com/

The University’s Commercial Music course has been running since 2001 and in that time has produced a large number of successful and talented musicians including signed artists Kill It Kid, The Heavy and Mike Dawes as well as graduates who go onto work for companies such as Sony, Universal Music Group, PRS for music, Mercury Records, One Little Indian, Union Square Records, PIAS, Atlantic Records and many more.

The course is all about creation: songs, projects, bands and entrepreneurial ideas. In writing, designing, promoting, performing, researching, touring and launching creative material, students acquire a range of skills to broaden their future career choices.

More information about BA Commercial Music is available at: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/music-and-performing-arts/courses/undergraduate/commercial-music

Former Bath stonemason apprentice gets national award.

Former Bath stonemason apprentice gets national award.

A former stonemasonry apprentice from City of Bath College has shown he is among the best in the business by securing a top spot in a national skills competition.

Steve Lebourn

Steve Lebourn

Steve Lebourn picked up a silver medal when he went head-to-head with the most skilled stonemasons in the country at the Skillbuild national competition.

Winning a medal in one of the industry’s most respected contests is a huge achievement for Steve who returned to college to learn a new trade as an adult learner.

Steve took the plunge and “followed his heart” to study a Level 2 NVQ in Stonemasonry after running his own successful bricklaying business for several years.

Two years ago 27-year-old Steve enrolled on a full-time Level 2 Stonemasonry Diploma at City of Bath College, commuting from his home in Southampton. He then impressed Wells Cathedral Stonemasons during a week’s work experience and the company took him on as an apprentice last year.

Steve triumphed in a series of competitions to make it through to the Skillbuild national final. He earned top honours in a competition at the college’s Construction Skills Centre, then placed second out of 30 masons from across the region in the UK Masonry Skills competition at Moulton College in Northamptonshire.

Stonemasonry lecturer Ray Sumner said: “Steve has followed on his from his successes at the City of Bath College competition and the UK Skills competition to win a silver medal at the National Skillbuild final.

“This was a great success because of the extremely high standards of work of all of the other competitors. It’s a really tough competition and he has only just finished his Level 2 NVQ.

“It shows the high standards of training that the college sets. We are all very proud of Steve.”

City of Bath College also had the opportunity to showcase its innovation and creativity with a stonemasonry ‘have a go’ stand at Skillbuild at the Birmingham NEC from November 13 to 15.

Staff and students were selected to showcase stonemasonry by an education and training sector panel looking for the ‘very best in vocational training.’

The stonemasonry department is no stranger to success as apprentice Chris Berridge beat off competition from around the globe to win a gold medal at the WorldSkills competition in 2011.

Earlier this year, City of Bath College was awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning in Stonemasonry.

College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “Once again our stonemasonry team have achieved success, this time with a silver medal being achieved by student Steve Lebourn.

“This is a huge achievement for Steve and the stonemasonry teaching team.”

For more information about apprenticeships or full or part-time courses in stonemasonry at City of Bath College, call 01225 312191 or visit http://www.citybathcoll.ac.uk

New register office for Keynsham.

New register office for Keynsham.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has opened a new Register Office at the Keynsham One Stop Shop as part of plans to improve services for the local community.

Photo Caption (left to right): Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, with Lesley Brown, the Registrar at the new Keynsham Register Office, and Alison Manning, the Registration Services Manager for the Bath and North East Somerset District.

Photo Caption (left to right): Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, with Lesley Brown, the Registrar at the new Keynsham Register Office, and Alison Manning, the Registration Services Manager for the Bath and North East Somerset District.

The new Register Office will operate two days a week, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9am to 4pm, to register births, deaths and see couples to complete the legal preliminaries to marriage and civil partnerships. The opening of the Keynsham office comes just ahead of another new office opening in the RUH in Bath on Monday 10 November. This office will provide a service on Mondays and Thursdays each week.

Council leader, Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), said: “We’re delighted to open a new Register Office service in Keynsham. The new One Stop Shop in Keynsham provides local residents with joined up customer services from the Council and a variety of other public and voluntary sector partners.

The new One Stop Shop and library at Keynsham Civic Centre

The new One Stop Shop and library at Keynsham Civic Centre

“These include Age UK B&NES, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Curo, Reach, Sirona Care & Health and WE Care & Repair. This new way of providing services now means people from Keynsham and the surrounding area can access a variety of face-to-face, phone and online services in one convenient location, as well as being able to visit the new library.”

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), the Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “By providing an onsite register office at the Keynsham One Stop Shop we hope to make the registering of births and deaths that bit more convenient for local families. Having this new office, in addition to our offices at The Guildhall in Bath, The Hollies in Midsomer Norton and the Royal United Hospital in Bath, will make our Registrars even more accessible to the residents of Bath and North East Somerset.”

There was formerly a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Keynsham sub-district who provided the service from the offices of the local Employment Exchange. The office that existed prior to this closed in 1936 when the Registration District changed to Bathavon.

To book an appointment with the Register Office at Keynsham One Stop Shop please contact 01225 477234.

More details about the new Keynsham One Stop Shop, as well as our existing offices in Bath and Midsomer Norton, are available at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/onestopshop.

Bath and North Radstock Colleges to merge.

Bath and North Radstock Colleges to merge.

City of Bath College has been identified as the preferred partner for a merger with Norton Radstock College.

City of Bath College

City of Bath College

The new college for the whole of Bath and North East Somerset will provide specialist vocational and education training for more than 3,000 full-time students and around 10,000 part-time students across the broadest range of subjects.

It will increase the quality of education and improve the success rates of students with a strong emphasis on work ready skills.

To become the most important force in local education and training, the new college with two campuses will build a culture of employability to match the skills of students with the demand from local industry.

Norton Radstock College has been under review by the Further Education Commissioner, Dr. David Collins, following an inadequate Ofsted inspection earlier in the year.

The Commissioner’s review identified a merger as the best possible option for the future of further education in the Radstock area. Minister for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles, MP, selected City of Bath College as the recommended partner.

City of Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said the merger would build on links with industry partners to match local talent with the local labour market.

He said: “This merger makes sense on so many levels.

“We will be creating one new college for the whole of Bath and North East Somerset with a focus on quality, standards and excellence.

“The combined college will provide a well-planned vocational education and training curriculum capable of meeting the needs of students from B&NES and beyond.

“In times of decreasing public expenditure, publicly funded bodies must work together to provide high quality and value for money and this merger will deliver on both fronts.”

The two colleges will now undertake preparatory work before the governing body of City of Bath College considers the final merger proposal in February 2015. It is envisaged that the formal merger will take place before summer.

City of Bath College was last inspected by Ofsted in 2013 where it was graded as ‘good with outstanding features.’

City of Bath College Chair of Governors Carole Stott MBE said: “The governing body of City of Bath College has spent the past year reviewing the best model for the future of further education and skills across Bath and North East Somerset and we are well placed to deliver a local solution to meet the needs of students, employers and communities.

“We have a strong track record in raising standards and improving quality and this will be a key focus for us over coming months.”