Community news is key
When newspapers stop reporting
community news, they make it harder to
get ideas from what communities around
the city have been doing.
Witness the Larkhall fun day where
a range of clubs were invited to give
demonstrations of their activities (page
10). It's a great way to organise a fun
day because it gives people a taste of
hobbies that they might like to take up.
Also commendable is the work of
Whiteway residents in making ordinary
grass verges more attractive by planting
them with owers (page 8). This is
surely a project that could be repeated on
lots of other housing estates.
Reporting on community news has the
eect of sharing ideas, so that projects
which worked well in one part of Bath
might be tried elsewhere.
5G in Bath?
A lot of time has passed since I visited
Berkeley Castle as a boy. A tour guide
showed visitors the castle's historic
kitchen and I remember looking with
curiosity at the dark grey kitchen sinks.
The guide explained that the kitchen
sinks where the castle folk once prepared
their food, were made of lead.
Our ancestors didn't know the risks to
health posed by lead, just as modern
people didn't always understand the risks
posed by asbestos. Now in 2019 are we
about to make similar mistakes with 5G
The children in our society rely on adults
to make wise decisions over their health,
and one thing is certain: the growing
number of scientists urging caution
over 5G are highly qualied men and
women, some of them doing research in
related elds. Against that backdrop, the
untested roll out of 5G
in our city would seem
to me a foolhardy
thing to do.
THE TRANSFORMATION of buildings in
Swallow Street, into a Learning Centre for the
Roman Baths and a World Heritage Centre for
the city, has begun.
The project is designed to greatly improve
learning and engagement at the Roman Baths. A
project team will work with community groups
and schools from across the region on events and
activities for school groups. Workshop leaders
will provide learning opportunities to investigate
the Romans and the science of archaeology, in
an exciting Investigation Zone set among the
Roman remains of the site.
At the same time, the World Heritage
Centre will contain displays to show why
Bath is a World Heritage Site and inspire
people to explore the city. The centre
will be free to visit.
The project, which is supported by
£3.4m from The National Lottery
Heritage Fund, will also open new areas
of the Roman Baths to visitors, including
a Roman laconicum (similar to a sauna)
and a possible Roman exercise yard. The
new facilities are due to open in 2020.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for
Community Services, said: "The new spaces will
be accompanied by exciting community events,
activities and learning opportunities – from
wellbeing courses for community groups, to a
digging pit where school children can unearth
replica Roman objects. In addition, we hope to
attract visitors from around the world to see parts
of the Roman Baths revealed to the public for the
very rst time."
The work will be undertaken by Beard
Construction who have a long history of carrying
out projects involving historic sites.
WORK STARTS TO CREATE ROMAN
BATH'S LEARNING CENTRE AND
WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE
WITH NEWS stories of plastics
polluting the environment, more
and more of us are trying to
reduce our plastic waste. The
problem is that most plastic bags
and wrappers are unrecyclable,
so they usually end up going in
with the general waste.
One option is to turn those
plastics into ecobricks, to be
used for building projects in the
UK and developing countries.
Eco-bricks are easy to make and
there are drop-o points where
you can donate them. Their water
resistance and longevity make
them a handy building material.
An example of an ecobrick is
shown opposite. To make one,
you get a large empty plastic
bottle and stu it with dry,
non-biodegradable plastics. Your
ecobrick can be lled with
plastics such as bags, crisp
packets and straws, as well as
fruit and vegetable packaging.
It's important for these to be
clean so as not to encourage
bacterial growth, so making
one can entail washing plastics
and hanging them up to dry.
Plastics are crammed tightly
into the bottle by pressing
down hard with a stick (a short
garden cane does the job well).
If a bottle isn't tightly packed,
it won't be strong and rm
enough for use as a building
Find out more about ecobricks
and their uses on the website:
www.ecobricks.org . A map of
drop-o points is available at:
STRUGGLING TO RECYCLE YOUR
PLASTICS? TRY ECOBRICKS