Experimental bus lane to benefit cyclists in Bath

Experimental bus lane to benefit cyclists in Bath

An experimental bus lane running eastbound will be introduced from 20 January 2014 in Dorchester Street, Bath  by Bath & North East Somerset Council with the aim of creating a safer, more welcoming environment for people on foot and who use bicycles.

Dorchester StreetThe bus lane, which has an exemption for taxis, will operate between 10am – 6pm 7 days per week for a maximum 18 month experimental period. Warning signs will also be erected in advance of the restriction to highlight the new arrangements

Councillor Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge), Cabinet Member for Transport, said, “There are a number of potential benefits to the environment of the city centre by introducing this measure. People on foot and on bike should be able to cross the road with ease from our major transport interchanges towards the city centre and vice-versa.

“Buses should also be able to reach their destination quicker moving through Dorchester Street and towards Manvers Street in moments. Overall, the Council wants to make this location a more pleasant environment for the people using it and will be closely monitoring the scheme during the experimental period as well as listening to people’s views about the scheme”.

“There are works that must take place in order to proceed with our plans. We are ensuring that any inconvenience is minimised through taking steps, such as night working.”

Traffic works arrangements

As the works involve signage, resurfacing, lining and traffic signal amendments to improve traffic flow, it is planned to minimise disruption to the traveling public and complete all the works overnight  (7pm- 7am), starting on13 January 2014. The overnight closure of Dorchester Street is anticipated to run for five nights.

Some minor alterations of the traffic islands will also improve traffic movement through the Southgate/Dorchester Street junction.

During the night working the alternative route for motorists will be signed which is via Broadquay, Rossiter Road, Pultney Road,  North Parade and Pierrepont Street.

The Council would like to thank the public for their patience during the forthcoming work

2013 in review

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Get smart with free library borrowing.

Get smart with free library borrowing.

Get a tablet or smart phone for Christmas? Did you know you can use it to borrow eBooks and eAudioBooks for FREE with your library membership? 

Choose from around 4000 eBooks and 1100 eAudioBooks and download them to your tablet or smart phone for FREE. All you will need is your library membership number and PIN. If you don’t know your PIN please contact your library or email us at libswest@gmail.com with confirmation of your home address and date of birth. You will need to download a free app to get you started –find out more here for eBooks and here for eAudioBooks.

bath libraryBorrow eBooks by a range of bestselling authors including Lee Child, Stephen Fry, Bill Bryson, Andy McNab, Jo Nesbo, Nicci French, Ruth Rendell, Tess Gerritsen, Marian Keyes, John Grisham, James Patterson and Nora Roberts plus many more titles across popular genres including biography, cookery, travel and computers. We also have eAudioBooks by David Hewson, JoJo Moyes, Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin, Sophie Kinsella and Dan Brown among others.

  • Borrow up to 5 eBooks and up to 15 eAudioBooks at a time for up to 21 days each
  • Reserve for free if the book you want is being borrowed by another library member
  • Loans expire automatically so you don’t have to worry about overdue charges

To download an eBook today or to find out more, visit www.librarieswest.org.uk/ebooks

To download an eAudioBook today or to find out more, visit www.librarieswest.org.uk/audio

If you don’t have a tablet or smart phone you can still access eBooks with a PC, laptop, dedicated e reader (for eBooks) or MP3 player (for eAudioBooks). Please note that unfortunately the Kindle is not currently compatible with our service, although you should be able to use the Kindle Fire.

 

January sale at Recycling Centre.

January sale at Recycling Centre.

Another second-hand furniture sale is being held by Bath & North East Somerset Council on Saturday 18 January 2014 from 10am to 12 noon at the old MOD building (next to the Recycling Centre) at Pixash Lane, Keynsham BS31 1TP.

Keynsham High Street

Keynsham High Street

There will be a variety of items on sale, all of which have been brought to our Recycling Centres by residents and are in good enough condition for reuse. Instead of being recycled or sent to landfill, we will offer them first to residents. There will be a selection of furniture such as sofas, coffee tables, cupboards, dining tables and chairs, chests of drawers on sale (cash only) at bargain prices.

Contact Council Connect on councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 39 40 41 to find out more information.

 

 

Derelict fountain takes a further knock

Derelict fountain takes a further knock

Sad to see the fountain in Laura Place has been damaged with stonework on the basin broken away. Was it the weather or a vehicle passing too close?

The damaged fountain base in Laura Place

The damaged fountain base in Laura Place

I know talks are continuing between B&NES and the City of Bath College in the hope that students – who are training to be stone masons – might be involved in doing some structural renovation.

It would be nice to see it working again instead of lying derelict and full of weeds and rain-water.

Maybe the alternative it to plant it up as a proper flower bed –  if they cannot get the water going again.

A slice of Bath’s new Museum!

A slice of Bath’s new Museum!

The Virtual Museum Christmas cake!

The Virtual Museum Christmas cake!

The Virtual Museum of Bath gets to celebrate a year of growing success with a Christmas Cake of its own.

My thanks to Lisa Bowman at Batheaston for this amazing creation featuring the cyber logo of Bath’s only all-embracing museum site!

A happy New Year to all our followers and contributors!

Weir! Where?

Weir! Where?

Christmas Eve brought blue skies and calmer and colder weather after the deluge of the previous storm-filled

The Victorian letter box in Laura Place.

The Victorian letter box in Laura Place.

day. It also brought a whole new look to heritage with one of the Victorian mail boxes in Laura Place standing proud in the centre of its own little lake.

On the other side of Pulteney Bridge a chance to look down and see how the additional volume of water being carried down the Avon has completely submerged the Weir.

Pulteney Weir is in here somewhere!

Pulteney Weir is in here somewhere!

Meanwhile it is always a sadness to see how the Christmas tree in Abbey Church Yard always disappears before Christmas.

Council workmen making good the spot where the Christmas tree stood.

Council workmen making good the spot where the Christmas tree stood.

I don’t think the weather helped – but it always gets removed before the Christmas and New Year revellers arrive to wreck it.

The benches in the Church Yard also seem to disappear for a while to prevent them being damaged. Peace and good will to all eh.

 

 

Hot date at Roman Baths

Hot date at Roman Baths

The Roman Baths.

The Roman Baths.

On New Year’s Day visitors to the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Roman Baths will receive complimentary hot dates as they step out beside the Great Bath. Hot, stuffed and peppered dates were a Roman delicacy popular at New Year festivities.

In 45 BC Julius Caesar reformed the Roman calendar and in so doing introduced the month of January in honour of the Roman God Janus, a two-faced god who looked both backwards and forwards.

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council welcomes visitors and residents to come and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Roman Baths right throughout the festive season as the steam rises off the water in the fresh winter air and the torches around the Great Bath illuminate the dusk sky.”

Stephen Clews, Manager of the Roman Baths, said: “The hot dates are a Roman tradition which has proved very popular since we introduced them at the Great Bath to celebrate New Year’s Day.”

Visitors to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s heritage attractions are reminded that:

  • The Roman Baths is open daily during the holidays, apart from 25 and 26 December, from 9.30am to 4.30pm (last exit at 5.30pm)
  • The Fashion Museum is open every day, except 25 and 26 December, from 10.30am to 4pm (last exit 5pm)
  • The Victoria Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 1.30pm to 5pm. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and on 25-26 December and 1 January.

For more information about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s heritage attractions visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/heritage or call the Roman Baths on 01225 477774, the Fashion Museum on 01225 477789 and the Victoria Art Gallery on 01225 477233.

Bath’s first ‘lollipop’ lady

Bath’s first ‘lollipop’ lady

Back in August the Virtual Museum of Bath carried a story regarding the setting up of the School Crossing Patrol Service for Bath & North East Somerset Council which was celebrating 60 years of existence. 

On patrol at Kingsmead School in Bath - sixty years ago!

On patrol at Kingsmead School in Bath – sixty years ago!

Well – just recently – a newcomer to the website – Colin Hunt – caught up with that story.

He has his own special memories of that diamond jubilee – contained in a photograph he has kindly shared with us.

Says Colin: ‘ My grandmother was the first – Mrs Mary Hunt at Kingsmead School.’

He has sent a copy of a slightly dog-eared but obviously much-loved photograph of his grandmother in action. ‘Not hugely clear of granny, but it shows Kingsmead School,’ says Colin.

Thanks for that Colin. I am sure it will bring back memories for a lot of people.

Perils of being a postie

Perils of being a postie

laura place A passerby comes to the aid of a postie stepping into the rainwater ‘lake’ surrounding the Victorian letter-box in historic Laura Place.

She’s hanging onto the sack while he reaches for the letters he has come to collect.

We have had plenty to talk about weather-wise just recently as rain and gale-force winds bring floods and misery to many.  A wet launch for 2014.

The Virtual Museum of Bath has been up and running on the World Wide Web for a little over a year and thanks everyone of its 33,000 page readers for taking the trouble to visit the site.

In wishing you a very happy 2014 this cyber museum of history and heritage hopes you will continue to follow its postings in the coming year.

Understanding where we have come from helps in explaining who we are and where we are going.

The past cannot be left behind. Like it or not  - it follows us into the future.