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A developer is looking to develop the Hartwells Garage site with housing, student accommodation and a retail unit. We need more housing in Bath but is this the right kind of housing and is the density too high ? 

Local Labour Party member, Pam Richards,  has written to the Planning Dept raising a series of questions - see attached 

 

 

Hartwells redevelopment

A developer is looking to develop the Hartwells Garage site with housing, student accommodation and a retail unit. We need more housing in Bath but is this the right kind...

modernlibrary.jpgBath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in Bath.

The aim is to combine library and customer services in Bath to reach more people from all ages and backgrounds, providing a place where everyone in the community can access support, knowledge, culture and events to help them reach their full potential.  At the same time, integrating these services in Bath will help save up to £400,000 a year as part of the Council’s wider Modern Libraries programme, which is expected to save a total of £800,000 a year.

Have your say on Bath Central Library

Bath Central LIbrary

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals for the final in a series of consultations surrounding its intention to integrate the Library and One Stop Shop in...

stream_img.jpgFoxhill Fights On -  Friday 4th August, 7pm Foxhill Community Centre, Hawthorne Grove, BA2 5QA.

Open to anyone who would like to show their support to the residents and who would like to find out what they can do to help their fight.

Foxhill Fights on

Foxhill Fights On -  Friday 4th August, 7pm Foxhill Community Centre, Hawthorne Grove, BA2 5QA. Open to anyone who would like to show their support to the residents and who...

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Statement from Cllr Joe Rayment (Labour, Twerton) on Foxhill

 

The Labour position on this application is quite simply that it cannot be approved as it stands now, for two major reasons.

 

Firstly, the strength of opinion among the residents of Foxhill shows that this plan has not been – as it should have been – co-produced with the residents, taking into full consideration the wants and needs of the community.

 

Regeneration and improving the quality of housing is a noble endeavour, but it cannot be conducted in this way. This is the kind of thing that could have residents jumping with joy at the prospect of an improved area in which to live, and better quality housing, but instead we see residents organising, mobilising and coming to protest our Council and our biggest Registered Social Landlord.

 

This should be enough for the committee to today send this away and tell Curo that they must start again, with the community forming an integral part of re-developing the proposals.

 

Secondly, Labour cannot support the loss of social housing at a time when we have 6000 households on the housing waiting list locally.

 

Over 414 social rented homes are being replaced in Foxhill with just 157 social rented homes. A loss of 257.

 

Even if one were to count the social housing across Mulberry Park and Foxhill together, which I would argue is disingenuous to do, then you still find yourself with a net loss of 99 social rented homes.

 

The only way that this is being defended is by counting social rented homes across both sites as well as shared ownership across both sites, since shared ownership also falls under the ‘affordable housing’ title.

 

315 social rented homes and 105 shared ownership homes are not a suitable replacement for 414 social rented homes in the midst of a national and local housing crisis.

 

Homelessness is soaring, not just on our streets but in temporary accommodation and on the sofas of friends and family.

 

We will acknowledge that Curo have been forced down this path because of swingeing Government cuts over the past seven years which have seen Government failing to provide the money needed to tackle the housing crisis and build social homes.

 

Less than 30 years ago, 75% of the cost of each new social home was met by Government grant.  That has fallen to 14% today.

 

At the same time, Curo has had to cut its rents by 1% each year. This will result in £40M loss of projected income for Curo over 30 years. 

 

However, the residents of Foxhill should not be paying the price of this Government failure.

 

Successive reports have said that these residents have felt isolated and their voices haven’t been heard.

 

It is time for the Council to listen up and hear what is being said by the people who will be most affected by this proposal.

 

The committee must not approve this application today.

 

Cllr Joe Rayment's Statement on Foxhill

B&NES Labour Group Statement from Cllr Joe Rayment (Labour, Twerton) on Foxhill   The Labour position on this application is quite simply that it cannot be approved as it stands...

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B&NES planning committee will be discussing the future of Foxhill on Wednesday 26th July at 2pm. A few Labour supporters will be outside with banners to protest about the development.

Join us at 1.30 outside The Guildhall, Bath

Save Foxhill

  B&NES planning committee will be discussing the future of Foxhill on Wednesday 26th July at 2pm. A few Labour supporters will be outside with banners to protest about the...

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"Thank you so much for your incredibly generous donation to Jo Cox's fund.

We will continue Jo's legacy: to meet hate with love, to choose unity over division, and to fight for the causes that she believed in so fiercely.

Thank you for sharing in Jo's determination to make this world a better place"

'Thank you' from Jo Cox Foundation

  "Thank you so much for your incredibly generous donation to Jo Cox's fund. We will continue Jo's legacy: to meet hate with love, to choose unity over division, and...

Statement from B&NES Labour Group following Government announcemnt about school funding.

education_cuts.jpgIn response to the Education Secretary's shake-up of school funding announced yesterday (18 July), B&NES Labour Group’s Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Liz Hardman (Labour, Paulton) said:
 
"Schools across B&NES have been increasingly anxious about shortfalls in their budgets.  This issue featured heavily as a concern amongst heads, teachers and indeed parents during the recent General Election campaign, with the potential for cuts to staff numbers, bigger class sizes and reductions in the number of subjects offered.  Whilst I am pleased that higher minimum per pupil funding has been found under the revised National Funding Formula, I remain concerned about where this money will be coming from.  It is not new money.  Instead it has been taken from other educational budgets including, I fear, money set aside for school building projects at a time when there are holes in the floors and ceilings of our classrooms. That said, I will not be shedding any tears if some of this additional spending comes from the cash set aside for the disastrous and now discarded Grammar School policy". 

Bath Labour Group's statement on School Funding

Statement from B&NES Labour Group following Government announcemnt about school funding. In response to the Education Secretary's shake-up of school funding announced yesterday (18 July), B&NES Labour Group’s Spokesperson for...

foodbank.jpgThe Bath Labour office at 136 Walcot Street is now a collection point for the Bath Food Bank. If you can donate any of these items, you're welcome to drop them off there between 10.30 am-1pm, Monday to Friday.

Here are the latest food needs https://bath.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Food Bank

The Bath Labour office at 136 Walcot Street is now a collection point for the Bath Food Bank. If you can donate any of these items, you're welcome to drop...

News from B&NES Labour Group
13 July, 2017
Uber – Council agrees to further report following concerns expressed by Government

Following a Parliamentary debate on working practices in the private hire industry, B&NES Council has agreed to look again at issues relating to Uber in light of any new advice and guidance from Government.

During the House of Commons debate, Frank Field (Labour MP for Birkenhead) expressed concerns about the way in which drivers’ wages are forced down as a result of low fares, high rates of commission, the cost of renting a vehicle that meets Uber’s strict requirements and the cost of maintaining and fuelling those vehicles alongside a suggestions that licences are being granted without minimum conditions being met.

Responding to those concerns, the Transport Minister (John Hayes) promised to set up a Working Party to look at the specific things raised in the debate and also to look at the guidance issued to local authorities who may be unaware of the extent of their powers and their ability to use these powers.

Cllr Joe Rayment (Labour, Twerton) said “The problem with some of these organisations is that whilst they may appear to provide benefits to the customer in terms of convenience and conditions, there are widespread concern about questionable working practices. Evidence suggests that wages have been forced to the floor while the way in which these companies organise themselves means that they often do not pay their fair share of VAT, national insurance or income tax.

“In a report to Council we were essentially told that we weren’t able to consider a company’s employment practices when deciding whether to issue a Private Hire Operators Licence and that we had no power to revoke Uber’s Private Hire Operator’s Licence. The Government, however, has now committed to examining the working practices of the Private Hire industry and has pledged to issue new advice to local government to ensure they are using their powers.

“I’m very pleased that Council agreed to support my proposal for a further report in light of this new Government commitment. My hope is that this new guidance will confirm that we do have the power to act in response to widespread concerns about the way in which these organisations operate, including, if appropriate, revoking licences if it we find a company is not meeting minimum conditions”.

A transcript of the Parliamentary debate can be found here:http://hansard.parliament.uk/…/WorkingConditionsInThePrivat…

The app-based company is taking trade away from local drivers, according to Paul Roles
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BANES Labour Group 13 July 2017

News from B&NES Labour Group 13 July, 2017 Uber – Council agrees to further report following concerns expressed by Government Following a Parliamentary debate on working practices in the private...

1445326852_calais.rory.1..jpgA group of local Labour Party members are travelling to Calais in a couple of weeks to work with the organisation ‘Help Refugees’. They are taking a van and with your help are hoping to fill it with items that are urgently needed.

Since the Calais ‘Jungle’ was demolished and the Dunkirk camp burnt down, almost a thousand refugees have ended up sleeping rough in the local area, including at least 200 unaccompanied children in need of essential supplies, protection and support. The number is growing, but with press attention focussed elsewhere, donated supplies are dwindling. Your support will make a real difference.
Urgently needed items:
  • Trainers (sizes 40-43)
  • Socks (sizes 40-43)
  • Mens Underwear (Boxers, only new please – Small and Medium)
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Jogging bottoms and jeans (sizes small and medium – 28 and 30 inch waist)
  • Emergency foil blankets

The full list, including men's clothes and hygiene items, mobile phones and food, is available on the 'Help Refugees' websiteOnly items listed on the website can be accepted


Drop-offs can be made to:
Bath Labour Party, 136a Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG
Any weekday from now until Friday 14th July, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Phone first to check the office is open: 01225 314131.

Help Refugees in Calais

A group of local Labour Party members are travelling to Calais in a couple of weeks to work with the organisation ‘Help Refugees’. They are taking a van and with...

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