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Bath’s clean air zone is set to be the first to launch outside of London after delays and rethinks in other cities. A start date is yet to be decided after it was pushed back from November but is likely to be as early as possible next year. Other cities have scrapped their clean air zone proposals in favour of other measures, or put their plans on hold because of the pandemic. The Bath CAZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and will see charges of £100 per day for higher emission buses, coaches and HGVs; and £9 per day for higher emission taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, LGVs and vans (including private vans, campervans and pick-ups) to drive in the zone. Charges will not apply to private cars and motorbikes, regardless of their emissions. Traffic lights will be introduced at Queen Square to slow the flows of traffic and further reduce pollution.. Updating scrutiny panel members last month, transport manager Chris Major said: “We were due to go live in November. Due to Covid that’s been delayed. We’re looking for a date in the early part of 2021.”

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Residents: we’re fighting back against boy racers by Harry Mottram Campaigners in in Bear Flat have put the brakes on boy racers who have been ruining Alexandra Park by closing the green space to motorists at night. “They would drive up Shakespeare Avenue, revving up their engines and then drive round the park at night,” said Cllr Alison Born, “and large groups of young people would then gather there with incidents of anti-social behaviour.” She said recently a speeding motorist had crashed into one of the parked cars in Shakespeare Avenue. The car wrote off one car and damaged two more,” she said, “and when the police came they breathalysed the driver and he was found to be over the limit. “That was when residents decided something had to be done.” Working with the council and the police a group of public spirited locals got together to

prevent further trouble by putting in place a metal bollard at the entrance of the park at 6.30pm every night.

Together with signs explaining why they were taking action, the bollard prevents drivers from entering the park until 9am the

next day when it is reopened although the park remains open for cyclists and pedestrians. “It has had a really good effect as it has stopped the speeding cars coming in at night,” she said, “and the anti-social behaviour had died down. So we will carry on with it for now and play it by ear.” Cllr Paul Crossley said it was a really good example of the community coming together to sort out a social problem. He said: “The idea is to stop bad behaviour in what is a quiet residential area and so far it seems to be working.” Members of the private bowls club will still have access to the car park overnight. The park’s events have been hit by the Covid-19 restrictions this year with the cancellation of the April picnic in the Park and the Seeding Days in March. Pictured: Cllr Paul Crossley and Cllr Alison Born at the park

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Covid link to universities reopening by BBC LDRS staff for Bath Voice The return of thousands of students to Bath’s two universities will inevitably lead to an increase in coronavirus cases, the city’s public health boss has warned. Dr Bruce Laurence, right, said he “completely supports” the reopening and noted that a lot of planning had been put in place by the University of Bath and Bath Spa University to ensure they are as safe as possible. Covid-19 cases are growing at the fastest rate in younger people. Dr Laurence, the public health director at Bath and North East Somerset Council, said it could be because they are mixing more, or because they are more likely to be frontline workers, while older residents have become more risk-averse. He told scrutiny panel members last month: “Case numbers are rising in Bath and North East Somerset, as elsewhere. “We’re facing a possible second increase. We will certainly

see an increase through the autumn and winter. “We’re facing risks from opening up schools and universities, but a lot of work has gone into doing them as safely as possible. Everything you do that brings people together creates risk. “There are two ways to look at it. You’ll have cases, and you’ll have illness and death. So far we’ve had an increase in cases without very much increase in serious illness and death. “The increase in cases has been seen much more in people in their 20s, then 30s, then teens. Older people have been affected, but much less so. The worry is at what point will it spread through the generations. “We need to prepare. We will continue to be cautious. If we don’t control outbreaks we’re going to lose it.” He added: “One of the things that will put our cases up – although I completely support universities starting, I’m absolutely not against it – but inevitably that will be a place

where we start to get cases. “Hopefully not illness or death, but we have to expect that, having a lot of people coming in. A lot of planning has been done. Hopefully we will still be at the low end.” The University of Bath has identified sites in the city and on campus that could become coronavirus testing centres should there be a rise in cases. It will also have hundreds of rooms available to students who may need to self-isolate after traveling. Bath Spa University has similar measures in place and has come up with a way people can report the behaviour of its students in relation to coronavirus. Last year the two universities had some 25,000 students enrolled. Asked why the number of cases was rising faster than the number of people contracting serious illness or dying, Dr Laurence said: “Younger people are mixing more, perhaps because they’re less careful,

Residents sent to South Wales and Devon for tests Bath residents have travelled as far as Exeter and Cardiff to be tested for Covid-19 – despite two facilities within 10 miles. A centre opened in Odd Down last month, Paulton’s is being wound down and a walk-in facility is set to open in Bath. But politicians say residents have spent hours online to secure an appointment, only to be sent to a centre many miles away. Those who are unsuccessful have no other option but to self-isolate. Dr Bruce Laurence, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s director of public health, said there was a national shortage of tests and people are applying without having symptoms, adding to demand. Health secretary Matt Hancock said last month tests are currently being prioritised according to need and it would take a “matter of weeks” to resolve the shortage. Speaking at a recent council scrutiny panel meeting, Cllr Liz Hardman said: “Even though we have mobile testing units in Paulton

and Odd Down, residents who live in Paulton are telling me they are being sent further afield. “We’ve heard horror stories of people being sent hundreds of miles.” The council said last week the Odd Down facility – which is only accessible with a booking – will carry out 400 tests per day and it will be operated by military personnel. But in a letter to Mr Hancock, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse said constituents, despite spending hours on the Government website, had been unable to get appointments. Some were left with no choice but to travel as far as Cardiff and Exeter to get tests, she said. “Rather than world-beating, individuals and families in Bath and across the UK simply need a system that works,” added Mrs Hobhouse. “The current testing situation is untenable and is putting people at risk.” In contrast, North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg told the BBC today the testing system was a

“Government success” and was going “as well as possibly could be expected, given the demand”. Speaking at the scrutiny panel meeting, Cllr Rob Appleyard, the council’s cabinet member for adults services, said some people were asking for tests unnecessarily: “Little ones with the sniffles are being told to get a Covid test. “Travel agents are telling people to get a test before we fly you anywhere. “Anecdotally, some people are looking to get tests for peace of mind, not because they have symptoms. “We have to show restraint and only go for a test when those signs are there.” Responding to the concerns, Dr Laurence said: “The testing system is under huge pressure. The demand is greater than the ability of the system to gear up. That’s led to terrible frustrations, terrible problems. “This is all over the country. The Government to an extent is concentrating capacity where there

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are the most cases. “Odd Down is working. We’re going to reduce Paulton now the cases in the area have gone and only stand it up if we have more cases. We’re opening a town centre walk-in for people from Bath to use. “The number of tests is capped. Even the centres we have don’t get all the tests they could use, and that’s a national issue. Concentrating it is probably best. “People are being asked to go far because there aren’t enough tests. The algorithm used first looked at everything. It sounded crazy to be sent to Inverness, but if that was where there was a test, that’s what the machine said. Now it’s been capped at 75 miles. “Nowhere has enough tests. What do we say to people who can’t get a test? If you have one of the three symptoms your household has to self-isolate.” The Department of Health and Social Care was approached for comment.


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perhaps because they’re the frontline worker age and live in close proximity. “Older people have become more risk-averse, they may be

self-shielding to some extent. “Treatments are getting better. “We’re wondering if the virus is changing its behaviour.

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Widcombe traders: local people have rediscovered local shops by Harry Mottram Widcombe traders say that footfall is not down too much - despite a collapse in visitor numbers from the United States, Canada and Australia. “We’ve seen a downturn in footfall for oversea visitors,” said Simon Brown, who represents traders in the Widcombe Association, “but to balance that out we have seen a lot of local people coming into the shops in Widcombe as they don’t want to walk into the city centre. “It’s either because they are concerned about catching the Coronavirus or don’t want the hustle and bustle of Bath and the walk there and back.” He said local people had realised the quality of shops and businesses on their doorstep and appreciated the way planters and a telephone box with flowers had helped make Widcombe Parade more attractive.

“It has helped to brighten up the whole street,” he said, “and an initiative from the council to put up flags with the ‘I Love Widcombe’ motif has been really good.”

With Larkhall Butchers set to open a shop in Claverton Street in the Parade in November and a new general store opened, the retail area of Widcombe was ‘doing OK’, he said.

STATION SIGN: A member of the Widcombe Association has proposed an idea to place signage and graphics at Bath Spa Station to send visitors to Widcombe rather than the city centre. Simon Brown who represents the views of traders in the community, said the idea was to get people alighting at the station to realise just a short walk away was part of Bath with independent shops and a fascinating history. “Most people who visit Bath may not know about Widcombe,” he said, “but three minutes by foot from the station is a wonderful, independent street with shops, pubs and cafes.” CHRISTMAS MARKET: Plans are afoot for a Christmas Market in Widcombe in November at the community’s social club on Widcombe Hill. It comes as news that Bath’s Christmas Market has been pulled due to the Covid-19 crisis. Widcombe Christmas Market’s organisers say they are ‘super excited’ to be staging the event over the weekend of November 14-15, from 10.30am to 5pm each day.

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Real ‘buzz’ at Bear Flats open studios and art trails by Harry Mottram The Bear Flats Art Trail in early September proved a success despite Covid - with numbers attending only down slightly on previous years. Organiser and ceramist Kate Marshall exhibited her work at Shelley Road during the socially distanced event over the weekend of the 5-6 September. She said: “We were very pleased with how the Art Trail went, because it was a lovely weekend and people came out. “We had been worried about the number of visitors we might get, but several people said Bear Flat was ‘buzzing’. “We had to take lots of safety precautions of course, and advertised these on our website and social media accounts. “There were fewer people than normal, but all the artists were very pleased about how it went, many saying they sold the same in two days as they

normally would over the May Bank Holiday weekend when it is usually held. “The public were really supportive and cheerful and many said that it was good to be out looking at art again. Many asked if we were going to be doing anything for Christmas this year as well. We normally have a joint Christmas Fair with the Bear Flat Association in the Methodist Church hall. “We are looking into this at the moment and details will be on our website as soon as we have confirmed.” Traditional landscape artist Ben Hughes, who exhibited his studio in Chaucer Road, said due to the fine weather during the event people didn’t seem to mind queuing outside. He said: “We were lucky with the weather and we had a good stream of people. Feedback was good and people were glad we had gone ahead.”

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How Covid has changed life at all our schools by Harry Mottram The autumn term has brought some dramatic changes to school life in south Bath as the Covid-19 regulations take effect. Ralph Allen School has already been hit with an outbreak of the disease. The school issued a statement following a Year 7 student being tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. They said: “Following advice from Public Health England, 210 students in a Year 7 bubble at Ralph Allen School, in Bath, have been told to self-isolate for 14 days. “The school is open for pupils in other year groups and Year 7 students are due to return on October 5.” Like other infant and junior schools, Oldfield Park Junior School has staggered drop off and pick up times, increased to social distancing measures and added designated toilets for each class and as much time spent outside as possible. Beechen Cliff head teacher

Andrew Davies posted a video on the school’s website to explain that prospective parents of pupils would not be able to visit to ‘see what the school was all about.’ Instead he said due to Covid-19 there were virtual tours online with talks by students and staff to give information about the independent school for boys. St John’s Catholic Primary School said they had made adaptations to the school day due to the virus. Most of their clubs have been running, including their Breakfast Club and After-School Club. The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust behind Moorlands Infant School and Moorlands Junior Schools said they were delighted that children were back in school. There was a virtual piano performance on September 28, from Hayesfield Girls School and Mixed Sixth Form which followed a virtual summer gala due to Covid-19.

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Autumn events may still go ahead With so many events getting cancelled there are question marks over some of the traditional autumnal events in Bath. From Halloween fancy dress to firework displays, many activities enjoyed by families are under threat but some are still planning to go ahead. On the ‘Moorland Road is Amazing’ Facebook site, residents have been discussing the possibility of a novel way of substituting Halloween trick and treating with a socially distanced event. Em Jenkins wrote: “I’ve seen a few posts from parents discussing the pros and cons of trick or treating this year, so just wanted to get opinions on an idea we had the other day. “I was going to design some colouring sheets, and make up some little packs with colouring sheets and pencils, and pop them outside our house (on Lower Oldfield Park), then children

could come past and grab a pack if they wanted, without ringing doorbells and having contact.” Residents in West Avenue, Caledonian Road and elsewhere have said they will put out hollowed out pumpkin heads to show they will also put out treats in packs so they can be collected by children on the night. Prior Park Gardens remain open with a one-way system in operation. However the National Trust had not yet decided at the time of going to press whether a

spooky Halloween trail would take place. Prior Park Landscape Garden has a booking system but the National Trust said that where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. Firework displays at Bath Racecourse and also the one organised by the city’s Rotary Club have yet to confirm if their events will take place but the one at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park is still set to take place on November 6. Their Fireworks to Music Spectacular runs from 5.30-9pm and will abide by social distancing rules. Poster left.

Bath City Farm reopens: Little by little Bath City Farm is reopening following months of lockdown. The farm said they were now open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays although there would be fewer staff and social distancing measures in place. Sadly visitors cannot touch or stroke the animals and there may be a queue to enter the farm if numbers increase too much. In a statement, the organisers said: “Our priority was to restart our therapeutic programs, so we could welcome back project users, some of whom had spent the entire lockdown alone. Since June 22, we have been running reduced sized groups, prioritising those by need. If you’re a volunteer and not yet back at the farm, a member of staff will be in touch to discuss a start date with you. “Sadly, indoor project groups, general volunteering, bookings and events are still suspended. “We will be reviewing the situation daily, with safety being our top priority. To protect our volunteers on site, do not try to visit on Mondays or Wednesdays.”

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n MESSAGE FROM AVON & SOMERSET PCC

We cannot be complacent over coronavirus AS we leave the summer behind us, I’ve been reflecting on the challenges we have all faced over the last few months. I have been continually impressed by the commitment and determination of individuals, families and communities who have made personal sacrifices to help reduce the spread of the virus. 2020 has undeniably been a difficult year for everyone and I expect we will continue to see regulations and rules change throughout autumn and winter. The Chief Constable Andy Marsh and I will continue to provide updates and clarification in regards to policing coronavirus in our regular Facebook Live sessions. Last month, we saw new laws coming into force banning social gatherings of more than six people across England. As I’m sure we are all aware by now, these new regulations apply to all ages, to gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, public outdoor

spaces and venues such as pubs and restaurants. There are some legal exemptions to the six-person rule, including when households or support bubbles are larger than six, as well as gatherings for work or education purposes, weddings and funerals, to name a few. The increase in cases is a stark reminder that we cannot be complacent; the virus has not disappeared. We need to continue to be cautious, act with common sense and follow the Government’s regulations, whether we like the rules or not. I have been impressed by how officers have dealt with policing the pandemic, especially as ‘business has returned to normal’ in recent months and demand has increased. I fully support their approach to engage, explain, encourage and, if necessary, enforce the regulations as a last resort. I am pleased this approach has been successful, as it has never

been more important to ensure we are supporting and being supported by local people and communities. We need to work together to get through this. We must take personal responsibility to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from the virus. I urge you all to remember that by following the regulations, you are making a difference. Finally, I recently announced I had allocated an additional £200,000 to support local charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to help deal with the consequences of the coronavirus. Such initiatives across Avon and Somerset are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £5,000. The next and final deadline for the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund (CCAF) is November 30. I want you to apply for the funding so we can support you and your innovative projects; by working together we can contin-

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n BATH LIBRARY BOOK REVIEWS AND NEWS Adult Non-Fiction An Ordinary Copper - David Leach, as reviewed by Kerri Brain, Keynsham Library Assistant In October 1965, the old Keynsham Library had only been opened 17 days when a young David Leach started at the Somerset Constabulary Training school, Canonsgrove, Taunton along with six other new recruits. This was to be the start of a career that would span nearly 31 years. From a hasty retreat in a Hillman Imp Police car escaping being shot by a man brandishing a 12-bore gun during his probation period to writing this biography, David Leach gives a glimpse of the ups and downs of an “Ordinary Copper”. He describes the processes he had to face during the 1960s policing and compares how crimes and the ways of investigating them has changed over the decades. Among the topics and facts

and figures you will read about are: Overseeing destruction of livestock during an anthrax outbreak; witnessing post-mortems; the introduction of technology like the 1966 introduction of the stornophone personal radio, saving legwork; Confidential paperwork carried in the over engine storage area of the latest Hillman Imp panda car; smoking pipes whilst on duty; ensuring royalty safety during local events; the Bristol riots; the Badminton horse trials and drug culture. Adapting many anecdotes used whilst presenting after dinner talks, David Leach has written an interesting account of how he adapted to changes and danger, with common sense mixed with a little splash humour.

Adult Fiction The Silk Merchant’s Daughter – Dinah Jefferies Following on from Dinah Jefferies’s very successful The Tea Planter’s Wife, comes a story set in 1952

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French Indochina. Nicole is the mixed-race daughter of a successful Silk Merchant in French Indochina an area which today comprises of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. On her 18th Birthday she is given an abandoned silk shop in old Hanoi, Vietnam. She is immediately envious of her elder sister Sylvie who is given the majority of the business by their French father. At her 18th Birthday party, Nicole meets the charming American trader Mark but against the backdrop of Asian/Colonial politics and inevitable the coming of war, all that Nicole knows seems to be changing beyond recognition. She meets Tran, a Vietnamese insurgent and as the story progresses Nicole must choose which side she is on: her family or her country. I thoroughly enjoyed The Tea Planter’s Wife and was not disappointed in this story. Dinah Jefferies is a great evocative writer and brings the sounds and smells of South Asia to light - you can feel the humidity and the sweet aroma of the frangipani trees.

Children’s Fiction Little Old Mrs Pepperpot and Other Stories, Classics to Treasure – Alf Proysen I once had an old Aunty called Hetty! When I was growing up and getting taller she seemed to shrink with age, so much so that my nickname for her was Mrs Pepperpot. So this book review

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Library News We’ll be highlighting inclusive reads as part of our Black History Month celebrations across our social media channels throughout October. We’ve got eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be downloaded using your phone or tablet, free for any library member. 5 – 10 October is National Libraries Week and each morning on our Facebook page we’ve got some staff picks of adults, children’s and YA books that we have loved reading. Never miss a thing by following us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ bathneslibraries1; Instagram www. instagram.com/bathnes_libraries; and Twitter www.twitter.com/BathnesL

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