Public invited to view latest park and ride plans

Public invited to view latest park and ride plans

People are being invited by Bath & North East Somerset Council to attend a public exhibition and view plans for the extension of the Newbridge Park & Ride site.

Unknown-1The Council is submitting a new planning application in the late Summer 2013 to take into account the changes to scheme, which included removing the BRT route. The plans propose an increase in capacity from 450 to 698 spaces, a covered waiting area, public toilets, and cycle storage.

The exhibition will take place on Thursday 27th June, 3pm – 8pm at Lansdown Cricket Club. Visitors to the event will be able to view the plans and speak to representatives of the project team. Limited off-street parking is available.

Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said, “The current site is extremely popular and regularly full by mid-morning. As a result, drivers who are willing to use this sustainable form of transport are driving on into Bath city centre in search of a space and creating extra congestion. Bath & North East Somerset Council’s proposed extension will result in drivers being more likely to find a space and avoiding having to clog-up already congested streets. This extension helps provide the infrastructure needed to support new homes and jobs in the area for local people.images

“We’ve listened to feedback from earlier proposals and have reviewed the facilities available at the site, such as providing cycle storage.”

The proposal has also been met with enthusiasm from the business community. Ian Bell, Director, Business West – Bath, said, “Local business is pleased to see progress on the extension of the three existing Park & Ride sites. This latest proposal for Newbridge is urgently needed because it is too small for the size of Bath’s ambitions to provide an upgraded transport network that will support employers to get their staff, clients, and customers into Bath quickly and conveniently.”

The extension is part of the £27 million Bath Transportation Package which has already delivered extra spaces at Lansdown and Odd Down. VMS signage on key routes and better bus routes are also part of the investment. More details about the Package can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/btp

North Parade Bridge lamps restored.

North Parade bridge

North Parade bridge. (click on images to get a bigger visual)

Four historic iron lighting columns on North Parade Bridge have been restored by Bath & North East Somerset Council back to their former glory. Each column is now re-lit for the first time since the 1970s providing an historic touch at a key entrance to a 21st century city.

The cast iron historic bridge was built in 1836 and later clad in stone in 1937. But in the 1990s one of the four lighting stanchions was knocked into the river by a vehicle collision and never replaced.

Now, a partnership of the Council, World Heritage Enhancement Fund, and Bath Preservation Trust has got them all working again on the refurbishment and replacement programme.IMG_3883

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said, “It is important that the city refurbishes and restores historical items, like these lighting columns, to ensure there is always a part of our past which continues in our future. The Council is very pleased to have worked with our partners to ensure that North Parade Bridge provides yet another picture postcard for the World Heritage Site.”

Caroline Kay, Bath Preservation Trust, said, “We are delighted that through our partnership with the World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund, and the contribution of a generous anonymous donor, we have been able to see this long-standing gap in the street scene to have been restored and replaced. Details like this are crucial to the public realm of Bath.”

Come float your boat says river protestor

Come float your boat says river protestor

Pulteney Weir protestor Charlie Dancey has let the Virtual Museum know that he is back on the weir and busy arranging what he hopes will be quite a gathering of boated supporters next week – Thursday and Friday, June 20th and 21st.

Charlie's 'Flotilla' poster

Charlie’s ‘Flotilla’ poster

Charlie – who has moored his Dutch barge in front of  Pulteney Bridge in protest at what he says is the neglect and dereliction of the old Newark Works further down river – told me: ‘The “Flotilla” is an invitation to boats of all types (live-aboards, hire boats, gin palaces and punts) to lash together into a sort of island next to Parade Gardens and spend 24 hours together, having barbies, playing monopoly in each other’s cabins and playing music etc. That’s it, because we can and because it will be fun.

Looking down on Charlie from a cafe on Pulteney Bridge.

Looking down on Charlie from a cafe on Pulteney Bridge.

I’m seeing Don Foster MP for Bath on 19th July and he has already taken both sides of the argument in his statement to the Press, so I fully expect that, by then, some sort of dialogue will become possible.’

Charlie says the disused factory – home of famous crane makers Stothert and Pitt – is something that should be handed over to the community.
The Newark Works - former home of Stothert and Pitt

The Newark Works – former home of Stothert and Pitt

Meanwhile Bath and North East Somerset Council insist the Grade 2 listed works are part of their development plans for the riverside.