Friday, November 25, 2005

Improved Street Lighting for Bedford Street

Eight new street lighting schemes are being installed across Bath and North East Somerset following requests from community groups, members of the public and the Police.

Working with the Community Safety and Drugs Partnership, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Community Safety and Street Lighting Teams assessed and prioritised lighting from an existing list of 70 street lighting requests and eight schemes were chosen for funding. All schemes were assessed against specific community safety criteria addressing factors such as anti-social behaviour, nuisance and disorder.

Included in this, is improved lighting for Bedford Street

Work on installing the new lighting is expected to be completed by early spring.

Cllr David Dixon said, “This partnership approach to help improve the environment is an excellent example of Bath & North East Somerset Council providing communities with projects that really make a difference to people’s lives. We propose to continue to work together to increase street lighting provision where it is most needed to help community safety”.

Improvements to the physical environment have a real impact on reducing crime and disorder. Street lighting in particular is a useful crime prevention tool helping to create safer and more secure environments for communities.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Casino Motion Passed by Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council passed a motion on Thursday 17th November asking that the Executive Member for Economic Development writes to the Government expressing an interest in locating a Casino in Bath.

A casino could bring with it an opportunity to develop new conference facilities and attract more visitors to the area.

Your local ward councillors Colin Darracott and David Dixon would like to know what you think of such a proposal.

Monday, November 14, 2005

New Lighting for the London Road

A scheme to provide new and improved lighting for the London Road has been drawn up and will be going out for consultation shortly.

The section of the London Road from Kensington Place to Lambridge is due to have street lights replaced. The new scheme has been designed to the new European Code for lighting and the opportunity taken to use a "white light" source. This will enable colours to be rendered at night which the current lighting does not do and will also make facial recognition much easier.

Cllr David Dixon welcomed the scheme stating, "The proposed scheme will contribute to a greater sense of well being at night, particularly when out walking. I am pleased that the proposed laterns are similar to those already installed in Cleveland Place and along the London Road as far as Kensington Place, the intention being to continue the style all along this route into the City."

The lanterns, being of a more modern design than the present fittings will provide better optical control in order to direct light onto the road and pavement and keep waste light output to a minimum.

Cllr Dixon has asked that officers send out a consultation document to residents, and would appreciate any feedback through or emailing

Southbourne Gardens Planning Application

UPDATE - A public meeting has been arranged by Claremont Residents' Association on Wednesday 7th November 2005 at 7pm at Claremont Methodist Church. Visit for more information.

Local Councillors Dave Dixon and Colin Darracott are campaigning with residents against a planning application to build 12 houses on the former allotment land at Southbourne Gardens.
Although the application was rejected first time it is now up for appeal and Cllrs Dixon and
Darracott are continuing to oppose it.
Cllr David Dixon said, “This is an important piece of open space and I have been working
with Bath and North East Somerset Allotments Association and local residents to look at how we get it back into public use.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Roadworks due in Walcot Ward

Follow this link for information of when and where roadworks - including maintenance works and resurfacing is taking place in the ward.

If you experience any problems during these works please do not hesitate to contact me on 01225 462590 or