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

Planning Application Causes Stink

condenser units behind restaurants

St Mark’s Road views condenser units behind restaurants

Prezzo in Brunel Square has made a retrospective application for a condenser unit currently situated to the rear of the premises within Bath Spa Railway Station which is a Grade II Listed Building, a heritage gem by Brunel. This area got a beautiful face lift that won prizes, but the bit round the back, in clear view from some of the properties on St Mark’s Road, has been turned into an ugly, smelly service yard.

The objection in planning terms is that the unit should not be placed in a Grade II Listed area and need to be better camouflaged by greenery according to business regulations, along with the whole service yard. Prezzo’s application claims that they are already camouflaged, but this is not the case! The other unit is used by Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

At this point we residents have a chance to object and ask that you show some support.

The application can be viewed HERE on the Bath & North East Somerset Council website.

Click here to object or make a comment

In addition to this Be At One cocktail bar has placed tables and chairs with parasols and lights without planning permission.

We are also concerned with the annoying smells which appear to be coming from the restaurants on Brunel Square next to Bath Spa Station. More on this can be found on our Planning Applications page.

New Pedestrian Crossing

newcrossingOur new pedestrian crossing is the latest development on the Rossiter Road Scheme. Improved pedestrian access from central Bath to Widcombe Parade, St Mark’s Road and Lyncombe Hill with both stairs and ramp this provides a safer and more convenient way for visitors and residents of Widcombe West to enjoy our neighbourhood.

The road works continue however. Further information about the “Vision for Widcombe”/Rossiter Road changes can be found on the Widcombe Association website.

Traffic and Parking Update

Our councillor for Widcombe Ian Gilchrist reports that the new B&NES cabinet member for transport Tony Clarke is currently reviewing proposals for improving the traffic and parking arrangements in St Mark’s Road. The proposals should hopefully then be shared with local residents for comment within the next couple of weeks.

For more information in the meantime please contact Keith Palmer at 7 St Mark’s Road palmerkeith9@hotmail.com.