Bath Breathes 2021

We’re writing with an update on the Bath Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), and to invite you to a drop-in event on Wednesday 21 February at Widcombe Social Club (1.00-5.30pm) where you can find out more about what we’re now doing to fast-track air quality improvements in the city. Everyone is welcome – so do tell others who might be interested.

The public’s suggestions during the consultation on Bath’s AQAP helped us produce a long list of over 60 ideas to improve air quality in the city. But it’s clear that more urgent work is required.

Last year, the Government issued the Council with a directive to reduce the high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) recorded at London Road’s monitoring station ‘in the shortest possible time’ and by 2021 at the latest.

To help us achieve these reduction targets, we’ll receive significant Government funding and expertise – not normally available to us.

Bath Breathes 2021

We’ve set up the Bath Breathes 2021 project to help us develop proposals, engage with the public, and meet the Government’s targets and timelines. You can find out more about the project by reading the attached newsletter and visiting<>.

Because NO2 pollution is mainly caused by vehicle emissions, the project focuses on assessing a wide range of measures capable of reducing vehicle emissions and encouraging greener modes of travel, including their impacts on air quality, health, residents and the economy.

Our aim is to produce a short list of the best packages of measures shortly, a preferred package of measures by the end of the summer, and a final package of measures, accompanied by a full business case, by the end of December 2018.

Crucially, the measures we adopt must be capable of reducing levels NO2 pollution to accepted levels quickly and by 2021 at the latest.

Despite the short time frame we want to give the public plenty of opportunity to ask questions and offer their views throughout the project.

How to get involved

*   Come to our regular workshops and events (see below)
*   Keep up-to-date by reading our newsletters
*   Visit<>
*   Follow us on Facebook<> and Twitter<> – find us using #BathBreathes2021

You’re invited!

Bath Breathes 2021 Drop-in Event
Date: Wednesday 21 February1.00-5.30pm
Venue:  Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, BA2 6AA

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, we hope to see you at our first event.

Kind regards

Environmental Monitoring Team<><>

Open Forum: Thinking differently about travel in and around Bath

Transition Larkhall is organising an Open Meeting: “Thinking differently about travel in and around Bath”

:we want your ideas about transport in Bath:

Wera Hobhouse MP and other political and campaign groups will be present to join the discussion about the future of travel in and around Bath.

at the New Oriel Hall on the 3rd March 2018 from 9.30am to 2pm .

Wera Hobhouse MP will be present to hear what all constituents have to say. A professional facilitator will lead the discussion, focused on the idea of “Thinking differently about travel in and around Bath”, instead of thinking up solutions, lets go back to first principals, who is moving around and why are they moving that way, how do you travel, and how would you like to travel, around Bath? Help create a transport vision for Bath.

The event is free and open to all members of the public. Booking is essential as numbers of places are limited. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Please send your details to Joanna Wright at or to



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.


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

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.


Helen Hobbs, Volunteer Coordinator

Charlcombe Toad Rescue Group