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Husting @ St Michaels

Sunday 28th April St Michaels are hosting a Hustings at St Michaels Without in Broad Street. The times will be:

York Street and Swallow Street Space Improvements

Funding to support the development of design ideas for the public realm has been secured by the Council’s Environment & Design Projects Team for improvements to the streetscape of York Street and Swallow Street and a new recruit who will be taking forward this project is due to start in early April. A scoping exercise will follow to identify the work needed to follow the completion of the York Street repairs, Abbey Footprint and the Archway Project. Public consultation on proposals will be included in the project design phase during 2019, and will need to link in with the highways access proposals for York Street.

TARA AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Abbey Residents Association will be held this year on Wednesday April 24th April at 6.45 for 7.00 pm in St Michael’s Church, Broad Street. Our speaker this year will be John Raisey Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant for the city centre

Bath Abbey Footprint

Works with B&NES Highways to implement works to widen the pavement are now complete. The hoarding in front of Abbey Chambers will be removed in April 2019. Bath BID attended the recent Traders meeting about the Archway Project. Further work is needed to mitigate the impacts of the York Street area projects on businesses, and additional work is being undertaken to explore what can be done to support businesses in the area whilst these projects are in delivery.

Bath Christmas Market 2019

The build for the Bath Christmas market will run on 27 November 2019 – 15th December 2019 (with set up and pack down either side for approx. 1 week). Planning is already underway building on feedback received from the 2018 market and discussions have already started with Abbey traders.

Archway Project

The next work visible to the public will be the conservation of the York Street arch from 29 April and this will last for 4 weeks. This will require an access scaffold, but not a hoarding. Pedestrian movement beneath the arch will not be restricted. Public talks will be given every day by the conservators at the arch. The main building works will follow the arch conservation. They will require a hoarding in front of 10 York Street and upper Swallow Street and last for 59 weeks. Pedestrian access will not be affected. This will be followed by a period of exhibition installation (fit out), with the new facilities opening in summer 2020.

Bath Heritage Ironwork Group

BathIRON balustrade is due to be installed in Parade Gardens towards the end of April

The National Heritage Ironwork Group are seeking volunteers to join a 'painting party' on Saturday 23rd March. They need a team of people to hand paint elements of the metalwork in the Ironart Workshop in Larkhall, Bath. Please email Jess Renison on info@nhig.org.uk to sign up! All help will be very welcome.

The BathIRON team are working with the Bath Festivals team this year to organise an event to pfficially launch the new bandstand balustrade to the city. They will be celebrating the new balustrade on Sunday 26th May (after the Family Arts Day) at an event called FireFOLK. It will be from 6pm- 10.30pm and we'll have live folk music bands playing on the bandstand alongside blacksmiths doing live forging demonstrations. There will be two street food vendors and a charity bar.

Tickets will be available from early March through the Bath Festivals box office. Adults £10, children and students £7

Swallow Street and York Street public realm improvement

Funding to support the development of design ideas for the public realm has been secured by the Council’s Environment & Design Projects Team for improvements to the streetscape of York Street and Swallow Street and a new recruit who will be taking forward this project is due to start in early April. A scoping exercise will follow to identify the work needed to follow the completion of the York Street repairs, Abbey Footprint and the Archway Project. Public consultation on proposals will be included in the project design phase during 2019, and will need to link in with the highways access proposals for York Street.

Ferris Wheel proposed for Parade Gardens

Visit Bath are considering a proposal to position a temporary observation wheel in Parade Gardens from June 2019 until January 2020.

A formal consultation will be carried out by BANES Planning Department once the planning application has been submitted but Visit Bath are running additional consultations ahead of this. If you would like to discuss these proposal’s they will be hosting Bath Temporary Observation Wheel Drop-in Sessions on the following dates.

Timings are from 5pm – 7pm at The Crypt, St Michaels Without Church, Broad Street, Bath. Please note the entrance into The Crypt is the downstairs entrance located on Walcot Street, just opposite Waitrose.

However, if this time is not convenient for you they are still available to answer any queries you may have by telephone on 01225 614161 or please email mick.heath@visitbath.co.uk

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Litter Enforcement

The 3GS Enforcement Officers began working on the 8th March for the foreseeable future. They will be fining people for dropping litter and cigarette butts and my information is that they will be patrolling the city centre working 7 days a week between 7am - 7pm. They will sometimes do overtime which means they could patrol in the evening as well.