Blog

ken_loach.jpg20th October 19:30 - 20:30 - Bath Assembly Rooms

16-18 Gates Green Rd, BR4 9JW Bath, Somerset

From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been directing for fifty years. How does his vision around urban development, social housing and employment resonate in the city of Bath, his home for many years? How can complexities around housing and jobs be resolved in the complex, heritage-driven landscape of a UNESCO city? Ken Loach will talk about these themes and then offer the discussion to the audience.

More Information

Festival of the Future City

20th October 19:30 - 20:30 - Bath Assembly Rooms 16-18 Gates Green Rd, BR4 9JW Bath, Somerset From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been...

macmillan_coffee2017.jpgBath Labour Party is holding a coffee morning to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. The event will take place on:

Saturday 30 September 11am-2pm at the Labour Party Office, 136a Walcot Street, Bath

To make the coffee morning a success, we need lots of cakes to sell – of any sort from sponge to brownies – and we need your help to bake them.

Beguiled by the splendour of The Great British Bake Off, we also intend to hold a baking competition with a £2 entry fee. If you would like help with the baking or enter the competition please email info@bathlabourl.org.uk by 23 September.

Of course, the main way you can help is to come along on 30 September and buy some cakes!

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Bath Labour Party is holding a coffee morning to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. The event will take place on:Saturday 30 September 11am-2pm at the Labour Party Office,...

harwells.jpg

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...

jjoe_small2.jpgB&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 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...

two-cornish-houses.jpg

 

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...

jocox.jpg

 

"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...

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.