BANES News

National campaign launched to encourage pupils to #StaySafeGetActive

National campaign launched to encourage pupils to #StaySafeGetActive

As pupils prepare to return to education in September, a national initiative StaySafeGetActive has been launched to encourage parents and children to improve safety and air quality around schools, as well as activity levels. Modeshift STARS, which recognises excellence in supporting sustainable travel, is inviting schools across the country to create a ‘walking bubble’ for… Read More…

Ten new schemes proposed for better walking and cycling in B&NES

Ten new schemes proposed for better walking and cycling in B&NES

Getting around Bath and North East Somerset on foot or by bike will be made easier under proposals put forward by the council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) for additional funding. Ten new ambitious schemes to provide better walking and cycling routes and ease the pressure on public transport as well as… Read More…

Update on school transport for the start of new academic year

Update on school transport for the start of new academic year

With less than two weeks until the start of the new academic year, Bath & North East Somerset Council is reassuring parents it’s doing everything it can to make sure there’s enough capacity on bus services for children to get to and from school safely. Due to social distancing the number of people that can… Read More…

Support for students receiving their GCSEs

Support for students receiving their GCSEs

Pupils from across Bath and North East Somerset receiving their GCSE results today are being reassured support is available if they don’t get the grades they expected. This year’s exams were cancelled due to COVID-19 with teachers instead predicting pupil’s grades based on mock exams and overall performance. Councillor Kevin Guy, cabinet member for Children’s… Read More…

Midsomer Norton set for £2m pound boost to improve historic high street

Midsomer Norton set for £2m pound boost to improve historic high street

A £2 million cash injection to maintain the unique character of Midsomer Norton high street has taken another step forward. A report before Bath & North East Somerset Council leader, Councillor Dine Romero, and councillors Paul Crossley, Tim Ball, Joanna Wright and Neil Butters, recommend formally accepting a slice of the £95m High Street Heritage… Read More…

Extended timescale for temporary coronavirus mobile testing unit in Paulton

Extended timescale for temporary coronavirus mobile testing unit in Paulton

The temporary COVID-19 mobile testing unit at Paulton Rovers Football Club will be available until August 27 to give people in Bath and North East Somerset better access to local testing. The mobile testing unit (MTU) was originally scheduled to run until August 14 but is now continuing to operate daily for residents booking a… Read More…

Don’t turn your unwanted facemasks into litter plea

Don’t turn your unwanted facemasks into litter plea

A plea has gone out urging people not to dump their used facemasks or gloves as litter in parks, open spaces and streets in Bath and North East Somerset. As part of the council’s anti-littering campaign ‘Don’t be a tosser’ a reminder is going out about properly disposing of unwanted face coverings, gloves or personal… Read More…

Somerset marks 75th VJ Day anniversary

Somerset marks 75th VJ Day anniversary

A momentous day in history will be marked on Saturday with the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day that brought the Second World War to an end. Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, and Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, Councillor Rod Williams, will be joining a small ceremony… Read More…

Reopening schools in Bath and North East Somerset

Reopening schools in Bath and North East Somerset

Schools in Bath and North East Somerset are planning to open to all pupils this September. Parents and pupils are being contacted by their schools about the measures they have put in place to reopen safely. If you have any questions about your school reopening you should in the first instance contact, your school directly.… Read More…

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