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Further Debate for BANES Traveller Sites

The BANES Travellers site selection process is hotting up with the Cabinet asked to look at the matter again by the Planning, Transport and Environment Scrutiny Panel. The Cabinet ignored the Panel and put out the remaining six proposed sites for consultation. A chorus of resident opposition has resulted in the Conservative Group forcing a Special Council meeting, unprecedented in recent years. The meeting planned for 13.00 on Monday 18th June at the Guild Hall Bath promises to be a highly charged event with emotions running high on both sides of the argument.

No one disputes that Travellers need to be supported but the Council has a responsibility to not disadvantage the lives of local residents, stick within Government guidance and above all protect the Green Belt. I've been critical of the haste evident in the Travellers site proposals and the flawed selection criteria which is now demonstrated in the sites the Council Leadership has now settled on. They really need to stop the consultation and go back to the drawing board this time with a properly thought through plan.


Sponsorship for Startup Weekend in Bath

Having spent over 20 years running my own successful health & safety consultancy business, I remain passionate about supporting local businesses. 

Recently I was contacted by Tom Cook, one of the organisers of Startup Weekend in Bath, who advised me how they are helping entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.  Their passion struck a chord with me and after an interesting conversation I agreed with Tom to approach the Bath & North East Somerset Council to see if they would be happy to sponsor the event.

I was therefore delighted to hear today that the Council have approved sponsorship.  The event will take place over the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th of June at the Bath Innovation Centre.


Proposed BANES Gypsy/Traveller Sites

The Councils Liberal Democrat Leadership is determined to push on with 6 proposed sites for the Gypsy, Traveller and Showman community. There is a legal requirement upon the Authority to identify sites but not to construct or run them. The debate hotted up yesterday at the Planning Transport & Environment Scrutiny Panel where the sites were discussed.

There was considerable opposition from well prepared local residents to the Stanton Wick and Keynsham sites. Other sites were challenged on the grounds that they could be put to better use as social housing. The Planning, Transport and Environment Scrutiny Panel referred the proposal back to the Cabinet with a request that the Travellers Assessment, upon which this plan was based, should be reviewed. To base this on on a 2007 assessment is not a sound basis for this initiative.    

Stanton Wick KeynshamCamerton Playground


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Feedback from Bath City Conference

The Bath City Conference was a tremendous networking event. There were some valuable presentations especially the Bath Tourism Plus boss Nick Brook-Sykes who highlighted the opportunity Bath had to substantially increase its tourism revenue. There were dozens of stands, highlighting major projects, the work of local charities, voluntary organisations and the Council. It is a credit to all the participants that so much information was available on the opportunities and challenges ahead. The clear message for me is that Bath can buck the economic gloom if it grips its transport issues and focuses on its unique Heritage offer.

There are so many delightful tourist attractions in Bath