St Mark’s Community Centre Update

Parking and Pavement Repairs

As you will have noticed, the parking and pavement area around the for the Community centre has been fenced off for several weeks and scaffolding has been erected along the south façade. On one of our regular building checks, we noticed that part of the ageing architecture needs securing and that has now happened. Whilst we hoped to undertake most of this work within the half-term holiday, the stone repairs proved more extensive than anticipated, and new stone can not be hurried! St Mark’s is a lovely old building, but does need a fair amount of care and maintenance, so thanks very much to all our neighbours and tenants for their forbearance; particularly the Acorns team and the Curtis Dance Academy and their members/users for their understanding and patience during this time.

Call for Trustees

We’re currently looking for more volunteers from the local Widcombe and user group communities who might be interested in becoming a trustee for the Community Centre. We meet every few months and share out a range of responsibilities, from finance to building care, publicity and legal queries. If you would like to know more – without any obligation – please contact Chris Jones at chair@st-marks-cc.org.uk. We are especially under-represented by dance class attendees/parents, and we’d love to have some new enthusiasts to join the team.

Update on Parking Services 7 January 2016

A message was emailed from Andy Dunn in Parking Services on January 7th which included the following:

I also owe you, the other residents of St Marks Road and Cllr Gilchrist an apology for the further delays regarding the outcome of the informal consultation regarding your ongoing parking issues.  I can confirm that I have reviewed the results today and will be drafting a response for approval within the next 10 days and this will then be circulated to all respondents.

As previously discussed, the results of this informal consultation will then feed into Traffic Regulation Order review work which will include Perrymead and Lyncombe Vale for formal consultation and which is being led by the Council’s Traffic Management team.  This is anticipated to be undertaken during the beginning of the new financial year.

Pinnacle Peril Leads to Pavement Closure

At the end of November, the St Marks Community Centre underwent a ‘quinquennial survey’ – that is an inspection of the building fabric that is scheduled to happen every five years. This survey identified that the building was generally in good shape, but that some of the decorative stone ‘pinnacles’ on the roof had deteriorated and showed signs of cracking. The trustees moved quickly to obtain quotes from stonemasons to undertake the necessary repair works, and in the course of these further specialist inspections, additional problems with some of the pinnacles on the south side of the building were identified. This led us to alert the Council to the potential risk, whilst the Centre proceeds with appointing a suitably qualified stonemason to undertake removal/necessary repairs. As a precaution, the Council have chosen to close the pavement immediately below the south façade, together with the adjacent parking bays. The centre aims to get the works done as quickly as possible, although this may necessitate listed buildings approval and the erection of a scaffold along the pavement in order to safely undertake the works.

Disabled Parking Bay St Mark’s Road

There is an advisory disabled bay situated at the very end of the suspended permit bays in St Marks Rd almost in the turning circle. This is used by a resident of no. 25 who is unable to walk more than 10 metres and is in possession of a blue badge.

After discussing with Building Control, the location of this bay is such that it is safe to allow vehicles to park here. To ensure that this remaining advisory disabled bay is available for this resident so that they can continue to remain mobile during this suspension the suspension signage will be modified to allow for this residents vehicle only to park in this location.

From Andrew Dunn
Team Manager – Parking Services
Environmental Services
Bath & North East Somerset Council