Wera Hobhouse to speak in Larkhall

MP Wera Hobhouse is coming to New Oriel Hall….

Bath’s newly elected MP Wera Hobhouse will be coming to Larkhall at the invitation of Transition Larkhall to talk to residents about local traffic problems and their consequences for air and noise pollution. Wera will be sharing her thoughts on relevant policy solutions.

Transition Larkhall is currently engaged in several projects related to local traffic problems such as air pollution, school-run traffic and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Wera has indicated that such subjects are amongst her priority issues so it should be interesting to hear her views.

To hear Wera’s ideas and put your own views and questions come along at

7.30pm on 20th October, New Oriel Hall.

Community Matters at the Guildhall, Bath

On Thursday 21st September 2017 Dr Ian Walker and Joanna Wright spoke to a packed audience about the research Transition Larkhall has conducted in the last 18 months, in conjunction with the University of Bath and the South West Foundation on the question “How do parents take their children to school and why do they choose to travel that way”.  If you would like information about this research please see attached report for full details.

Report

Above image of 1000 toy cars illustrating the number of vehicles that travel down Deadmill Lane between 7am and 10am on a school morning when all schools state and private are at school.

To see a short film made by Shannen Twomey from Bath Spa Uni see https://youtu.be/y188NzxCaSc

Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group

Common toads are declining in the UK. Thousands are killed crossing roads each spring as they make their way to breeding grounds that they have used for generations.

Can YOU spare some time to help local toads, frogs and newts cross a road? Volunteers are needed by Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group to patrol Charlcombe Lane in Bath every evening from 13 February to 27 March 2017 when the road will be closed to through traffic for the amphibian migration. Access for residents, visitors and services is not affected.

All you’ll need is warm/waterproof clothing, and ideally a torch and bucket, although we can lend these. Hi vis clothing and free insurance is also provided. You can take part as little or as often as you like, although being available at short notice is desirable.

You need to be physically fit, and be prepared to work in dark wet conditions. There is significant uphill and downhill walking involved, often at a fast pace, on a paved surface. You also need to be prepared to handle amphibians and keep accurate records as results are collated and sent to Bristol Records Office and Froglife who collect data from around the UK to identify how populations are surviving. Training will be provided around this, and patrollers always go out with at least one other person. You will need your own transport to get to and from Charlcombe Lane, if you do not live locally.

We start at dusk and patrol for at least an hour or two – presence is needed every night, even if no amphibians are visible.

This role is not suitable for children under 14, and children over 14 would need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Contact:

Helen Hobbs, Volunteer Coordinator

Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group

helen@pauljhobbs.co.uk

Park and Ride

Dear Councillors

It is reported that you will decide tonight on the location of a proposed Park and Ride and that Bathampton Meadows will be the preferred site.

Transition Larkhall, the organisation which I chair, has several hundred local supporters and has been actively involved in policies affecting many more who live in this area of the city.

We are working continually on the traffic and associated pollution problems which an east of Bath Park and Ride is meant to address.

However we are fundamentally opposed to this proposal and urge you not to adopt it. Instead, we request you to work towards more financially modest but more effective remedies. Details of which can be supplied on request.

Having examined the evidence, the Transition Larkhall (TL) committee has concluded that there is no environmental case for the proposed Park and Ride at Bathampton Meadows.

On the contrary, it seems most likely that there will be substantial ecological damage at the proposed site and that there will be no significant effect on traffic congestion and  air pollution on the A4 London Road route.

Together with other local groups TL is working on proposals for alternative traffic reduction measures, which would be far less intrusive and costly.

At a time of severe financial constraints on, and cut backs in local authority spending it seems perverse to load the council with  £20 million of debt on a white elephant which will desecrate the Avon valley.

The proposed Park and Ride will not remedy the problems from which we and residents of adjacent wards suffer. Such a focus will only detract from the time and resources that could be directed towards more effective measures.

Please do *not* support the Bathampton Park and Ride proposal.

Yours sincerely

(Dr) Bryn Jones

Chair, Transition Larkhall

‘An Invitation to Protest on 25th January against BANES Latest Plan for an East of Bath Park and Ride’

‘An Invitation to Protest on 25th January against BANES Latest Plan for an East of Bath Park and Ride’

Having examined the evidence the Transition Larkhall (TL) committee has concluded that there is no environmental case for the proposed Park and Ride at Bathampton Meadows. On the contrary, it seems most likely that there will be substantial ecological damage at the proposed site and that there will be no significant effect on traffic congestion and  air pollution on the A4 London Road route. Together with other local groups TL is working on proposals for alternative traffic reduction measures which would be far less intrusive and costly. At a time of severe financial constraints on, and cut backs in local authority spending it seems perverse to load the council with  £20 million of debt on a white elephant which will desecrate the Avon valley.

Please therefore consider supporting the attached appeal from the Bathampton campaign group.

Ros Hough, Bryn Jones, Jo Wright, Paul Raithby: Transition Larkhall (TL) committee ‘

BMA Fifth Leaflet Protest Jan 2017