RAG Objections to the planning applications for the railway land
Radstock Action Group has submitted a series of objections to the latest BANES/NRR/Linden Homes proposals to build on the railway land. Read them here.
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It is not to late for you to object too. Remember every comment they get counts
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NEW PLANNING APPLICATION - SAVE THE HEART OF RADSTOCK
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[28th October 2013]: Radstock Action Group blows its own trumpet
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:11:00 +0000
RAG is not an organisation given to spending lots of time on telling everyone what a great job its doing, but we thought maybe now is the time to blow our own trumpet. RAG has a positive agenda for Radstock - recently we invited Cllr Howard Murray of Poynton to come and talk to a representative group of people from organisations in Radstock and the wider area, including Bath, about an alternative way of managing traffic which would be good for everyone. Here's a selection, in no particular order, of things we are proud of:
- RAG organised a huge petition against the road which resulted in BANES backing off and keeping the Frome Road open
- RAG organised as series of day-long Saturday events called 'What's next for Radstock?' which involved many people hearing about positive ways to deal with the Victoria Hall, regeneration, Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, the railway link to Frome and so on - which were attended by BANES officers and councillors, the local MP and local traders and residents who heard key speakers from other towns tell of their successes
- RAG successfully led a campaign to get the worst excesses of poor design removed from the last planning applications and we shall continue with the current proposals
- RAG has received a prize from BANES for energy initiatives
- RAG organised an event to support local traders during the worst period when the roads were closed by Wessex Water works
- RAG is a key participants in the Somer Valley Partnership
- RAG organised a meeting in the town to hear the arguments about the proposed Sainsbury's
- RAG features regularly on local BBC and other radio stations
- A week ago, 200+ people talked to us about Radstock as we gave out information about the current NRR/BANES proposals - the number who thought that BANES was right was in single figures
- Our submission on the Core Strategy was much applauded and contained a set of points for future planning which were subsequently incorporated into the plan
- RAG was selected by Community Chroniclers to make a film about the history and future of the railways in Radstock - it has been viewed by hundreds of people and not just in Radstock
- RAG organised a town litter pick earlier this year
Thanks to RAG, the town is being taken more seriously. After the initial shock to BANES that even 'bandit country' to quote one BANES Councillor, is full of articulate, industrious and caring people, they now know that they cannot ignore the voices of so many.
Set up in 2007, RAG works for the positive and sustainable development of the town and is proud to be a part of local debate and action - we don't think we always get it right, but we are interested in promoting the positive potential of the town and we work with anyone interested in Radstock and having similar priorities. The only limit to our activities is that we all work on a voluntary basis and need to keep other parts of our lives going too!
We meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church. Everyone welcome.
[21st October 2013]: Coming to a street near you - 20mph speed limit
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:22:00 +0100
Last week, yet more white laminated notices appeared in Radstock - no they weren't the latest efforts of the planning team but came from Highways and announced the introduction of 20mph speed limits in much of the town.
Radstock Action Group welcomes all moves to make Radstock a better place for residents, people who work in the town, shoppers, tourists and the wide range of visitors who come to enjoy the ever increasing range of amenities.
Does BANES want faster or slower traffic?
- Whilst we are keen to see everything possible being done to increase road safety, we still are not clear how this new set of proposals fits in with BANES avowed aim of speeding up traffic as it travels through the town. When the idea of a new road was first introduced to us, we did the calculations and know that in order to achieve the time savings modelled by BANES Highways, through traffic would actually have to break the 30mph speed limit, so what's the idea behind the 20mph limit?
Are these proposals enforceable and legally binding?
- Second point that needs clarifying is how is this speed limit going to be enforced, if indeed it is legally binding? Enforced it must be, with pedestrians and other users believing and expecting that speeds will be slower, it would be irresponsible not to ensure that it is enforced.
How do you decongest a town? By slowing traffic down?
- Third, we have repeatedly been told that the reason we need a new road is to reduce congestion which clogs up Radstock - how will it be possible to reduce congestion by reducing the speed limits? According to BANES traffic is too slow and congested already. But we don't think this congestion is as described. Like everywhere else, Radstock experiences some queues at peak times but otherwise traffic runs well.
Can A roads be subject to enforceable 20mph limits?
- Finally, we understand that 20mph speed limits are not enforceable on A roads and would like to know how the A362 and A367 fit into the new proposals.
Could it be that the core issue is that BANES hasn't got the interests of Radstock people at the centre of its plans? A new plan is required and it is not too late. We will be asking BANES to give answers to the questions above and to tell us what their priorities are: the needs of Radstock people or something else?
If you are lucky, you can see the proposals at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/streets-and-highway-maintenance/roadworks/permanent-traffic-order-notices/pev9591tj-various or on a lamp post near you.
[17th October 2013]: New image gallery: Pictures of the relocated Jubilee Oak - cause for concern?
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:25:00 +0100
Images of the relocated Jubilee Oak taken in July and September 2013. Click here to view.
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