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e-connect 5 May

Date published: 2022-05-05

Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council

Let's look after each other. Covid hasn't gone away.

Coronavirus update 5 May 2022


A message from Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council

I was pleased that that on Wednesday we held the first meeting of our new Journey to Net Zero Transport Forum. This will listen to and work with local organisations and communities across our area, to make the area a healthier place with less congestion, cleaner air and more opportunities for walking, cycling and public transport.

I hope that those who attended it felt they had their say and I look forward to all these discussions continuing. Transport is one of the most challenging issues facing us, it impacts on everyone’s daily lives, and I recognise that people hold strong views. However, we can make real progress if we work together and listen carefully to people’s experiences and needs.

As well as our new Panel, our Journey to Net Zero transport plan is also coming before cabinet this evening, which you can watch on our Youtube channel. It sets out the wider framework for what we need to do to change how we move around our area so we can meet our net zero targets. We’ve attracted significant amounts of transport funding into Bath and North East Somerset through the West Of England Combined Authority (WECA), and we are currently working with local communities on our Liveable Neighbourhoods schemes, so we are starting to see tangible benefits from our work.

We were also successful in securing WECA funding to support our ambitious plans to revitalise the north of Bath city centre around Milsom Street and yesterday we launched our Milsom Quarter Masterplan consultation. Please get involved and share your views on our proposals to provide 180 new homes, relocate our Fashion Museum and attract creative industries. The aim is to establish a nationally-renowned fashion destination centred around a new Fashion Museum, high-end retailers and creative industries to this part of the city.

Through the council’s Race Panel we have committed to increasing awareness of race issues and building a fairer community and I’m pleased that we are supporting a new exhibition called My City, My Shirt being launched by Bath City FC. It features more than 30 portraits of Bath City FC fans wearing their team shirts at iconic locations in Bath to celebrate the diversity and local identity among supporters. It goes on show at the club’s final home game of the 2021/22 season this Saturday before touring other venues in the city before going back on permanent show at Twerton Park.

Have a good weekend.


Covid-19 update

We are no longer be publishing the Covid-19 update as the government moves to the next phase of managing the pandemic. However, you can find the latest Government data on coronavirus here.

Coronavirus guidance

Covid-19 is still with us, so it's important we all consider how we can continue stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Free testing for Covid-19 has now ended for most people. However, you may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests if you work for the NHS or in social care, if you are going into hospital, or you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19.

If you symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19, here is what you should do.

Boosters and vaccinations

Not sure what vaccinations you and your family members should have received? To find out the latest information on which doses are available for each age group, visit the BSW CCG website and click on the question 'Am I eligible for a booster vaccine?'.

Those aged 75 or over, or those aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, should not wait for a NHS letter, instead they should go ahead and arrange their spring booster, if there has been 182 days (6 months) since their last booster.

Covid 19 vaccinations can also be booked for children aged 5-11 through the National Booking System. There are more clinics being added to the NBS each day with availability currently up until May half term.

Upcoming clinics

There's still time to grab your first, second or booster doses at the following upcoming clinics:
  • Saturday 21 May, Keynsham Scout Hut, Ashton Way (10-6pm)
  • Thursday 26 May, Bath City FC, Twerton Park (11-6pm)
These clinics will offer
  • First and second doses for 12-years-old in Year 8 and above
  • Boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged over 12 years old
  • Spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged over 12 years old with a weakened immune system
  • Additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged over 12 years old
If you’ve had a positive Covid-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. You need to wait: 
  • 4 weeks, or 28 days if you're aged 18+ and or if you're an at risk 12-17 year old
  • 12 weeks, or 84 days if you're aged 12-17
This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.

If you or your child have had symptoms of COVID-19, but have not had a test, you should wait until your symptoms are better to get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can talk to a healthcare professional at the site about this.

Don't forget, you can still 'grab a cab' to your planned vaccination appointment. The vaccination must be pre-booked and evidence of the appointment must be shown to the taxi driver. Evidence can include a screen shot on a mobile phone or a tablet, or print out.

You can book your vaccination appointment online; you need to be registered with a GP (or call 119) to book online. Or you can visit a vaccination walk-in clinic; no need to book or be registered with a GP. To find one near you, go to the NHS website.

If you are planning to attend a walk-in clinic, please check the 'grab a jab' website to make sure the site is open that day.

If you need a translator, have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service

Latest council news


Residents’ Parking Zones consultation launched

Proposals for seven new residents’ parking zones in Bath – to help create healthier and safer streets linked to Liveable Neighbourhoods plans – are being consulted on.

Bath City FC’s portraits project to celebrate diversity

An exhibition of more than 30 portraits of fans sporting Bath City FC shirts at iconic locations in Bath is set to celebrate the diversity at the heart of the club’s supporters.

Have your say on Somer Valley Enterprise Zone

The first step in community engagement on proposals for a new commercial development in the Somer Valley will launch with a public webinar on May 19.

Give views on transforming Bath city centre

Ambitious plans to transform the north of Bath city centre by attracting creative industries, providing 180 new homes and relocating Bath’s Fashion Museum have been revealed in a public consultation launched today (May 4).

New B&NES transport forum launches

A new forum has been set up for residents and organisations to share their views on ways to improve transport and tackle the climate emergency across Bath and North East Somerset.

Bath World Heritage Centre to open on 9 May

The new Bath World Heritage Centre will open to the public on Monday 9 May, celebrating Bath’s unique cultural offering as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and giving an insight into what makes the city so special.

Make the most of the Bath Festival

Having entertained audiences for more than 70 years, this year’s festival – Friday 13 to Saturday 21 May – builds on its reputation for excellence in music and literature. Tickets are on sale now (with a discount for under 26s, students, pension credit receivers and deaf and disabled people) for a range of events which take in classical music, jazz and folk music, comedy and literature.

Highlights include the Concert for the People of Bath with the Band of the Royal Marines School of Music and Bath Philharmonia, including a performance by a choir made up of young people from 11 local secondary schools, a series of free pop-up jazz performances from Empirical, staged in a city centre shop, and a concert by Public Service Broadcasting at The Forum.

There will also be appearances from comedians Marcus Brigstocke, Phil Wang and Rachel Parris and authors Ali Smith, Julia Samuel, Harriet Evans, Elizabeth Day and Monica Ali.

The Bath Festival, which is supported by the council, among other local organisations, opens on Friday 13 May with Party in the City, an evening of free music of all genres taking place in city centre venues.

For the full programme visit the website, or pick up a festival programme from The Forum. To book call Bath Box Office, 01225 463362.

New upcoming dates for family courses

New, upcoming courses dates for COOK IT, HENRY and LEAP are starting in the next few weeks.

COOK IT is a free five-week cookery course for parents and children. You can discover how to make easy, healthy budget friendly recipes.

HENRY is a free programme for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 5 years old. It covers: feeling more confident as a parent; physical activities for little ones; what children and the whole family eats; family lifestyle habits; and enjoying life as a family. The programme provides everything you need to help your little one get off to a great start.

LEAP is a free programme for families of children and young people who are above a healthy weight, and offers face-to-face, group support for 5-10 year olds and a combination of face to face & virtual, 1:1 support for 10-17 year olds.

To find out more or book a place on any of these courses, call 0300 2470050 or email

Helping to ease the cost-of-living crisis

With many people facing pressure on their household budgets as the cost of living rises, the council is reminding residents about the support that’s available.

Recycling & rubbish collections

Please help our crews by sorting your recycling to help speed up collections. Keep missed boxes out and we’ll get to them as soon as we can. Please be patient – our crews will get to you. Updates can be found here.

Council meeting calendar

Do you want to know about decisions being taken by the council and have your say? Please follow this link to the council’s calendar of meetings.

Latest Government guidance


Using NHS COVID Pass to show COVID-19 status

How to use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad or at venues or events in the UK that request it as a condition of entry.

Kickstart Scheme update

How employers will get the Kickstart Scheme funding and changes you need to tell us about.

Information about how the Kickstart Scheme closure will affect employers and Kickstart gateways.

Follow us online

You can follow us on twitterfacebook and instagram; subscribe to us on YouTube, read the latest releases on our newsroom and if you sign up on nextdoor we are there too.

For updates on our services visit our website.

The Library at Home service

If you, or someone you know is unable to visit the library, why not try the Library at Home service. This is a great way to connect with new friends and volunteers through a love of reading. You can access books, audiobooks and DVDs, regardless of your situation.

To find out more visit the website, or email

Employment and Skills Drop In at Bath Library

If you need help looking for work, training or even starting your own business, why not pop along to the employment and skills drop in sessions at Bath Central Library, from 11am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Employment and Skills Pod

Are you returning to work after a short or long break? Perhaps you are already in work and planning to change the direction of your career? The Employment & Skills Pod can help you find the right opportunities.

Call us now on 0300 247 0050 or email us on You can also find out more on the website.

Live Well B&NES: information for all

A web-based resource providing information, signposting and support to residents in Bath & North East Somerset has launched. 
Live Well B&NES provides a wealth of useful information, signposting and resources for families, including Ofsted registered childcare, children and young people with additional needs (our SEND Local Offer) and adults needing care or support to live independently.
Information, services and groups are regularly added to Live Well B&NES. If you work with, support, provide services or run groups for children and young people or for adults needing care or support (such as older people, adults with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairments, people living with mental ill health), and haven’t already registered - make sure you’re included! It’s free and takes less than five minutes to register.
Find out more:

Future Bright

Do you know someone who is in work and wants to take the next step in their career? Future Bright offers FREE careers coaching, support and access to training. Future Bright Careers Coaches work with local residents to develop the skills and confidence needed to improve their work and pay.
For more information go to or give us a call 01225 395555.

Specialised dementia groups in B&NES

Age UK Bath & North East Somerset are starting two new specialised Dementia Groups, which are now running weekly in Midsomer Norton & Bath.

These groups are a safe, fun environment for people to come for activities and friendship. Staff are trained in Maintenance Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which helps concentration, confidence, memory and wellbeing.

You can find out more here or call 01225 466135.

Do you look after someone else?

If you support someone who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction or who needs extra help as they grow older, Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre is here for you.

Their friendly team will listen to any concerns you have, offer practical advice and access to free wellbeing activities to ensure you’re happy and healthy in your caring role. Contact our freephone support line: 0800 038 8885 or email us. We’re available 9am-1pm, every weekday.

Support available from the Community Wellbeing Hub

Anybody who is a resident of Bath and North East Somerset can benefit from support from the Community Wellbeing Hub, including those people who are isolating due to testing positive for Covid-19 or being in contact with someone who has Covid-19.

A collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council; HCRG Care Group; the 3SG; Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group; and other third sector organisation representatives. The team can offer a range of support services such as mental health, returning home from hospital, income, housing and benefits advice, emergency food, as well as lifestyle services for help with stopping smoking, getting active or losing weight.

To contact the Hub:
Phone: 0300 247 0050.
Text: 07870 868368
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am until 5pm

If you need to contact the council about its services please ring Council Connect on 01225 394041 or email

Domestic abuse

Southside provides help to people who live in Bath & North East Somerset who are at risk of domestic violence and abuse. The working hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-4pm Fridays. Local support services can be found here.

Sight loss support

Sight Support West of England provides emotional and practical support to help people adjust to living with sight loss. Since lockdown this has been either online or over the phone. Now following careful planning, some Covid-secure face-to-face support sessions are resuming on an appointment only basis.

Your Community Sight Loss Adviser will be available at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath on the first Wednesday each month and at Midsomer Norton Town Hall on the fourth Thursday each month. 
To find out more, or make an appointment please call  0117 3224885 or email For more information on the full range of services visit

For more useful information visit the RNIB website:

Local agencies and useful links

We have been working closely with local agencies and if you would like to find out more about their work please look on their website: RUHAvon and Somerset PoliceCuro, and Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG.
  • Public Health England updates a daily dashboard:  It includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive Covid-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. 
  • Latest information on coronavirus:
NHS information on coronavirus:
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B&NES Council Website

Date published: 2022-05-05

Cllr Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council

Date published: 2022-05-05