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Pub Quiz at the George Inn 20th August

Bathampton Primary Parents – please note date change vs email sent at end of term

We are very pleased that the team at the George Inn Bathampton, close to our proposed new bridge, are supporting our project. As part of this, they are generously hosting a Pub Quiz to raise funds, 20th August at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. £1 entry per person. Hope to see you there!

Conker Crossing Pub Quiz at George Pub New Date 20th August

Bathampton Conker Crossing Consultation Results

A big thank you to everyone who took time to give us your views and suggestions about our proposals to create a new safer foot and cycle bridge for the community between Tyning Road opposite Bathampton Primary school and King Edward’s School playing fields.

Our results below are supported by two more detailed tables that can be viewed on our website that set out both the responses from the Public to the proposals and the Conker Crossing team’s response to any questions, views or suggestions provided during the Consultation.

We received 61 pieces of written feedback as part of the consultation period just closed. In summary:

  • 57 of 61 responses (93%) supported the project to build a new bridge. Three people didn’t answer this question and one didn’t support the project
  • 41 responses (67%) wrote that they fully supported the design in the comments box while 9 responses (15%) provided no comments, including on the design
  • There were 22 (36%) responses that offered suggestions, questions or challenged elements of the proposal. Of these, 4 (7%) suggested alternative materials, 2 (3%) preferred an alternative location, 2 (3%) felt it was out of keeping and 3 (5%) raised concerns about how cyclists would safely share the space with pedestrians.

The next task of trustees, design & planning team over the summer is to pull together the public responses and the pre planning advice from both the Council and Canal & River Trust to develop the full planning proposals.

Finally, a fundraising update. We have made great progress against our target of £10k for this phase and thank you if you have contributed.  We only have £4.5k left to raise! Should you support the proposals, please consider giving a donation.

One way to help us raise funds is by supporting a PUB QUIZ being held by the George Pub on Monday 20th August 19:00 for a 19:30 start. You are welcome to come along with or without an arranged team. £1 entry per person. If you are coming with a group of friends, please book ahead using  https://www.chefandbrewer.com/book/.

Conker Crossing pitches at Bath Life Business Club

As a new local charity, the Bathampton Conker Crossing are extremely grateful to have been given a slot today at the Bath Life Business Club lunch. We were able to explain our purpose and seek donations to close our fundraising gap of £4.5k as we prepare our full planning application. Thank you @TheMediaClash and @BathLifeMag for the opportunity!

We continue to fundraise via Golden Giving.
Or please get in touch: Bathamptonconkercrossing@gmail.com;

Here is our speech from today…

Hello, my name is Fiona Powell and I am the volunteer Chair of both the Safer Routes to School Group at Bathampton Primary and an offshoot charity, The Bathampton Conker Crossing.

The route to school for half of our catchment includes the listed, blind, humpback bridge close to the George pub on the canal that was built in 1805 for the horse and cart. There is no pavement on the side most families use and putting one in would bring no real protection as cars regularly mount the pavement on the other side already due to the narrow width and poor lines of sight. I’m sure you can picture these dangers if you are one of the 4500 vehicles each day to use the Toll Bridge route. 

Fed up with watching these daily near misses between cars and pedestrians, as well as wanting to unlock more active travel, our purpose as the Conker Crossing is to bring forward a design for a new community foot and cycle bridge over the canal.

I am here to pitch to you today because we are now only £4.5k short of our original £28k target to prepare a full and professional planning application. 

This is no lightweight scheme. We have a locally-based expert team including our bridge designer, Walcot Street engineers Format Ltd, plus local planning specialists including Nicholas Pearson Associates, Planning Heritage Ltd, Hillside Trees and LPC Trull working with us on a reduced rate or pro bono basis. 

We have had cash donations from local organisations such as the Parish Council, the George Pub and King Edwards School. Bathampton Primary has fundraised almost £1k for us despite these being tough times for school funding and Charlcombe Homes has met several of our specialists’ fees. We are crowdfunding via Golden Giving.

Our three Ward councillors are fully supportive and at senior officer level in the council there is strong willingness to ultimately adopt the bridge. We are just concluding a positive 2-month community consultation. The response to our pre-planning application was positive from both the council and canal and river trust.

Why is the Council not paying for this feasibility phase you may be thinking? We could of course have spent this year lobbying for political support to pay for feasibility work in the next budget round, but we knew we could get there far quicker if we harnessed the goodwill and professionalism of local contacts to bring forward our own plans. The Council has asked for more community/council partnerships and we want to be one of the very first.

Should we be able to raise the remaining £4.5k this Summer then we will put ourselves in the best possible position to lobby for inclusion in the next round of council budgeting for 2019 for funds to build the bridge. If we don’t, we risk going back by a year. Given the dangers families face daily, we cannot afford for this to happen.

So many people say that this is a dangerous problem that should have been sorted out years ago. We are three volunteer Trustees doing something about it – I hope very much that you will help us by pledging towards our cause.

We publicly acknowledge all donations on our Golden Giving site and name large donors in our wider comms if they would like this. You can donate by following the details on the back of the Conker Crossing business cards in the lobby or please find me later.

Thank you for listening and enjoy your lunch.

Consultation phase ends 20th July and only £5k left to raise for this phase

Please take the time to read our proposals and share your comments with us by 20th July when our consultation phase ends. After that, we will be working towards our full planning application, which we are targeting in the next few months.

We are also delighted to report that we now only have £5k of our £10k target left to raise to enable submission of a full planning application. Please donate here if you are able to.

Us raising this ‘community contribution’ will help support the progress of the project. B&NES Highways team has indicated it will work with the community to explore available grants for the majority of the project cost. In the event of a successful planning application and attracting funding, the Trustees would look to work with the Parish Council and B&NES to deliver the new bridge.

 

Bathampton Conker Crossing and Primary team up for Fringe arts Bath

We are delighted that all pupils at Bathampton Primary have contributed to the school’s installation at this year’s Fringe arts Bath, supported by the Conker Crossing Trustees. Their work is on display as part of #getoutofthecar at Unit 20 Milsom Place daily 10am to 6pm until Sunday 10th June.

The school has been collecting travel to school data regularly for the last three years . With it they both encourage active travel in a fun & meaningful way, as well as make the case for road safety improvements locally. Over time, the benefits of safe, active travel have grown to be part of their everyday conversation as a community. #getoutofthecar’s themes of data and transformation are perfect as a result.

Given the Conker Crossing project, Trustees, pupils and Mrs Huntley started to think about what they knew about local bridges. They asked themselves where they were in Bath, what they looked like and what data there was about how many vehicles travelled over them.

The installation puts the new school kiln to good use, purchased by the Friends of Bathampton Primary last year. Year 6 pupils have made copies of local bridges and there are also bridges that visitors can place on a map of Bath to show where a new bridge could unlock active travel in the city.

It was important that every pupil had the chance to contribute, so alongside the map and bridges is a domino rally set for visitors to play with to provide food for thought as to how powerful data can be. Every child has illustrated a domino with how they travel to school and would like to. It is our usual travel to school ‘hands-up survey’ done in a creative way! Key Stage II pupils have also modelled their answers in clay.

The message from the children is clear – we love being active and want to do more of it!

 

Timelapse footage = food for thought. Please watch!

Please join us Sunday 20th May at Bathampton Village Hall, 29 Holcombe Lane Bathampton, BA2 6UL from 2pm to 5pm to see our proposed new foot and cycle bridge over the canal from Tyning Road to the edge of King Edward’s School playing fields.

Guided walk from the hall to the site with the bridge designer and charity trustees 3pm.

In the meantime, we have captured the morning rush in a 2-minute film.

 

Conker Crossing proposals to be revealed at community exhibition, Sunday 20th May 2pm – 5pm Bathampton Village Hall

Here is the Need Justification Statement that we recently submitted to the Council for pre planning advice along with our proposed design and supporting surveys.

While we await B&NES’ feedback, please join us on Sunday 20th May 2pm-5pm at Bathampton Village Hall (BA2 6UL) to see the proposal in full, meet the team and give us your feedback. Guided walk 3pm leaving from the hall. Everyone welcome!

Please contact us at bathamptonconkercrossing@gmail.com in the meantime with any questions. Thank you!