Thursday, 26 January 2012

Dog control consultation

Dog Control Orders can give powers to local authorities under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 to deal with the following offences:  Fouling of land by dogs or failing to remove dog faeces; Not keeping a dog on a lead; Not putting, and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer; Permitting a dog to enter a designated space from which dogs are excluded; Taking more than a specified number of dogs in designated area The proposed Dog Control Orders will replace all existing byelaws relating to dog control introduced in various locations across Bath and North East Somerset.  The new Orders if introduced will also allow Council Officers to issue fixed penalty notices of £75 for breaches. children's play areas and areas for which the primary use is sporting recreation for the orders relating to dogs on leads and exclusion. You can view all details at the public website with links to relevant maps at The consultation period will take place from 26th January 2012 to 20th February 2012 to enable Bath & North East Somerset Council to receive representation on the proposed Dog Control Orders from both dog owners and non-dog owners. There will be three advice sessions to provide further information on the proposed Dog Control Orders taking place at:  The Guildhall (Council Connect reception), Bath on 8th February 2012 between 11.30 and 1.30. The Hollies, Midsomer Norton on 1st February between 10am and 12pm. Riverside, Keynsham on 27th January 3pm and 4.30pm Copies of the proposed orders and plans are also available for inspection free of charge throughout the consultation period during normal opening hours at the following locations: Bath Street office, 9 – 10 Bath St, Bath. Guildhall. High Street, Bath.  The Hollies, Midsomer Norton. Riverside, Keynsham. Representations on the proposed Dog Control Orders should be made to Bath and North East Somerset Council by 12 midnight on the 23/02/2012  either by writing to: Dog Control Order Consultation Bath and North East Somerset Council 9 – 10 Bath St, Bath BA1 1SN or by email to DogControlOrders@BATHNES.GOV.UK Representations received after 12 midnight on the 23/02/2012 cannot be accepted.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Bus services - what cost ?

Got a small shock on the bus today finding out the bus fare had gone up, expected, around 20%, size not expected.

There are two questions, why and what effect will it have ?

Why is easy, I suspect increased fuel costs being passed on, and with some many users having free bus passes, it won't alienate much of their clientèle. A quick check of the profits of First Group shows them to be healthy, not surprising as it is an monopoly.

What effect ? As I have already suggest I suspect not much amongst the current clientèle, but amongst those possible converts from the car ? You can already see the outcry, How much ! It only costs me ... to drive, fill in as appropriate. That is not going to help us who believe in a greener future.

It makes me interested with peak oil coming shortly, for an explanation see, what can the council do ? Well actually nothing, we have no powers, that horrible woman Thatcher again. Not quite true, actually a little. We have powers to do what we want for the economic and social well-being of the area. So in theory we could set up a bus company if we wanted, and make it cheaper, but could we as a council make it work ? Sadly the answer is probably no. as with running the Spa, being run by an excellent company. First is good at what it does, it does cut corners, still get lots of complaints about the early 14, but the council doesn't have that expertise. The council would run a worse service. We are stuck with what we have got, a good company, but high prices, no carrot to turn away from the motor car.

It is sad that yet again the environment is subject to the whim of shareholders who want the maximum return.