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Request for a Sign Post: Give Way Narrow Hump Bridge near Inn at Freshford

This request is to affirm that the existing behaviour of traffic by the Inn at Freshford is to give way on one side of the narrow hump bridge. Unfortunately, the behaviour of traffic is not usually followed by vehicles that are unfamiliar with the road.

Inconsiderate parking is being used either to go walking by the River Frome and Avon or to be excess traffic using the local public house the Inn, known as the Inn at Freshford.

The road (which is unclassified) runs from Freshford towards Staples Hill and Westwood Road to Trowbridge Road. The road also crosses the Frome Road to Bradford on Avon. The area of the local roads which on one side includes the A36 is subject to a six foot six width restriction except for access.

On a busy day there will be many vehicles parked mainly on a “layby” on the Staples Hill side of the bridge. Others also park on both sides of the road by the pub. The traffic which is parked on the “layby” side turns the road into a single track road. This means that traffic going towards the bridge will either have to force a vehicle on the bridge to reverse or hope that an oncoming vehicle will reverse back, but may involve other vehicles in a queue to where the road becomes wider. If there are more than one vehicle trying to cross the bridge traffic may grind to a halt.

Parking is not restricted and it would be difficult to police if it were. What would help would be to erect a Give Way sign. Suggest a triangular warning sign with a hump bridge and an attached plate narrow. The proposed Give Way sign would encourage drivers to give way. Therefore reducing confusion.


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City of Bath Clean Air Zone (CAZ)

The decision to impose a clean air zone on residents and visitors to the city of Bath a World Heritage Site might seem like a good idea. Drivers who enter the zone will be have to pay £9 or more if their vehicles do not meet current regulations.  

Such a scheme will reduce emissions as it will cut the number of vehicles entering the zone drastically. My car a land rover 1999 model was constructed according to the EU requirements in place at that time. But to impose further reductions on older vehicles is unfair.  

The sensible fair way to manage vehicle emissions is to allow vehicles to be naturally replaced when they are scrapped by the new cleaner vehicles that are being made now. And planning to reduce vehicle journeys through and to Bath.  Bath is still hell bent on building new housing. Do the planners think that the new residents will all be driving new cars?

My response if the clean air zone is introduced is not to travel to Bath except when I could use the Park and Ride.  I note that there is very little room at the Odd Down Park and Ride.  As for buying at Screwfix. I'll need to make sure my order is for over £50 to get Home Delivery. Or I have to drive to the Frome branch.  A round trip of 24 miles as opposed to a round trip of 12 miles.

As for the science.  The unwanted emissions from vehicle engines becomes dangerous when they exceed a certain amount.  If vehicles were able to enter Bath or go through Bath to some other destination without being held up by traffic works there would not be a problem.  Bath's roads are in an appalling state of repair. The Kenet and Avon canal tow path is actually in a better condition than Bath's roads!

Do the planners realize that through traffic will be displaced?  Displaced to 100 per cent residential areas. 
Just to remind people this zone CAZ  is the stupid result of failing to meet an unachievable Directive of the EU.  And the UK government cannot alter that yet.
There are over one and half million small businesses in the UK.   Link Federation of Small Businesses:  https://www.fsb.org.uk/docs/default-source/fsb.../clearing-the-air-report-final.pdf

UPDATE private cars no charge: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/latestnews/cabinet-updated-bath%E2%80%99s-clean-air-zone

 Geoff Edwards

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Excel Healthy Weekly Diet v35 Update

Healthy Weekly Diet v35 Choline Update

I have added an extra nutrient item to the Excel spreadsheet.  The new item is Choline.http://www.freshfordsomerset.co.uk/healthy_diet.php#1659032896.

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A small part of a magnificent stone wall Freshford Somerset

A Freshford wall -a masterpiece



Excel Chutney Calculator

I have produced an Excel based chutney calculator. Chutneys often have several ingredients and it is time consuming to work out the quantities required for a larger quantity than the recipe. I have allowed for the cook's pan size and for very large quanitites I have allowed for the calculation of batches.calculator

Excel Healthy Diet Calculator

I have been using my Healthy Diet Calculator since 2008. The calculator has been published under forums Local Food and Healthy Diet: Calculator

The calculator which is a Microsoft Excel workbook will calculate your weight and whether you are eating enough food that has enough protein and fat content. The calculator will also work out how many Portions of your Five a Day a day you are getting. It is very easy to use and could be used for meal planning.

The calculator also calculates alcohol consumption in units. A pie chart provides an easy assessment of the variety of food consumed.

HGV banned new EURO sign

HGV curbs mean peace returns to Freshford

THE battle to ban HGVs from tiny lanes in Freshford is paying off at last.
Ashes Lane and even steeper Rosemary Lane have been almost free of lorries since new Euro-signs went up in April and Navteq deleted the roads as satnav "routes of choice" through the village.
The return to peace was welcomed by Alan Cunningham, of Ashes Lane, who had campaigned for years against the HGVs.
But he said the satnav makers would still need to "refine" their devices to keep lorries out of all small lanes � and HGV owners needed to ensure that satnavs in their cabs were regularly updated. (published 2010)

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Never mind global warming - after oil is the critical factor

Unless you're well off you will agree that the basics of life: fuel for home heating and travel, materials, food etc. are getting more expensive. Maybe when there is a recession there is less demand and prices drop, but not for long. Is there a solution for the fact that modern civilisation depends on digging up materials that took millions and millions of years to create? Perhaps Read more

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Freshford Somerset: an Introduction

Freshford is in 2011 a village dating back a thousand years or more.  Some of the property in the village is located in Wiltshire and some in Bath and North-East Somerset (known as BANES). This affects the choice of secondary school for parents, and splits up children who have grown up together in their primary school.

 The children should be able to continue their education together when they leave the primary school where they have grown up together.  Unfortunately, this division of Freshford between Wiltshire and Somerset (B&NES) is not the result of some recent skulduggery, yet its affects extend into the 21st Century. The ghosts continue to extend their influence into the time when people are free to use their intelligence, rather than witchcraft or be bound by land divisions created by the church, or the Normans. And guess what; it is the ghosts that rule. Why can't parents choose the nearest school to where they live? Parental Choice of School  Apart from the educational issues which are important to Freshford, the village is arguably the finest village in this part of the west country. This website includes many photographs that record the attractive nature not only of the village but also its beautiful setting. The parish website is: Freshford Village The new village shop and post office has its own website: Galleries Shop

B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone. Appraisal

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Nuisance phone calls beware new scam

Anyone calling from a "withheld" number offering to stop nuisance calls is a nuisance caller! If they had half a brain they would realise that "withheld" numbers are the ones that people don't answer. The people offering a "service" to stop calls for a fee, usually can do no more than TPS, which is free. They cannot stop International calls, Withheld calls, or Unavailable numbers, which are the bulk of callS these days. Those offering a unit which you can used to stop calls, again for a fee, are slightly better, but you have to watch out for hidden annual fees. There is also now a 'phone on the market, the BT6500 which, at about the same price as a call blocker, does an extremely good job of stopping the above mentioned calls, plus 10 individual numbers. With the blocked calls, the 'phone doesn't ring and they can't leave a message. source of article


Bradford on Avon town bridge video survey of traffic

The essential problem for the beautiful mediaeval market town of Bradford on Avon is the amount of traffic that goes through the town. I have filmed two minutes of traffic on a Thursday night at 9:30pm.  and also by day.  view video

A36 to A46 link road is not necessary

Once again we read mention of the A36 to A46 link road as being a solution to through traffic in the World Heritage City of Bath.  Traffic from the south coast ports will be comsiderably reduced when The Port of Bristol's  Deep Sea Container terminal (DSCT) is completed. The reason being is that it will be far cheaper to ship the containers to Bristol than transport them by road from the south coast. The full argument can be read at: complete article: A36 Link road to A46 is unnecessary  

Is it sustainable to buy non-stick pans?

Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause, scientists say.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1369366/Gender-bending-chemicals-saucepans-linked-early-menopause.html#ixzz1HWEQqAgH

I think that it is not a good idea to buy non-stick pans as they don't last very long. Once the pan is failing people usually buy another one. The existing pan is either shoved to the back of a cupboard or hopefully recycled. I decided to stick to, excuse the pun, cast iron enamelled cookware. My pride of joy is a cast iron wok from Lecreuset that has a flat bottom and so can be used on any cooker, including induction hobs. Unless I drop it, it will last for hundreds of years :)  It is expensive, costing over £100, but is a pleasure to use and will pay for itself in time.  The article in the Daily Mail is another very good reason to avoid non-stick pans. Sustainable is safe!  Geoff Edwards


Are car drivers mugs?

Looking at sustainable transport and the use of the car vs the train I have not found any reference to the fact that all public tranport is subsidised by the taxpayer. Read more

Road safety? Cyclists and the car 30 mph limit but 21 deaths in London!

London had 21 deaths in 2008 and over 350 cyclists were seriously injured. London is subject to a 30 mph limit and either that limit is ignored or more likely it does not make any difference a three quarter ton car will kill at less than 30 mph there is also a problem with HGVs seeing cyclists who are stopped at traffic lights or turning .  So what can we do? spend millions on road signs and painting the road, in London's case blue?  Read more?

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nature's response to a death

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Diesel UK £1.47 a litre diesel USA $4.12 a gallon, USA $1.09 a litre: Rip-off UK!

Using the current exchange for the GB pound and the US dollar ($1.60 =£1) we are paying £6.27 a gallon. In US dollars this would be equivalent to $10.03! (Except that one UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.) So the USD price equivalent to what we are paying for our diesel is $8.36 a gallon. We are paying twice what US drivers pay for their fuel.  Published date 6h July 2011 Headline updated  17th march 2012 The price differential is almost constant so no updates needed

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Find that book! Search Biblio.com

I have found that I can find out of print, and other books by using biblio.com. Biblio is a Worldwide service for bookselllers and book buyers Biblio enables a user to find a book that is for sale from several thousand  second hand booksellers and private sellers Worldwide.  If  I need to buy  a book then I will use Biblio to find that book.

Also, there are many books that can be bought second hand that are still in print. Save trees buy secondhand first if you can. You can also sell your own books on Biblio.com.

This may or may not be a cheap service! I paid over £45 for one book but also bought a classic technical book (dated 1949) for almost less than it cost to post from the USA -which was not expensive anyway! But if you would like to buy a book that is out of print then go for this service.

And this is for real, don't waste time! As others may be looking for the same book.




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 Freshford Roads: Photos & Videos

Photographs and video films of the roads and road junctions in and linking Freshford village to the A36 trunk road to Bristol and Bath and east to Warminster for the A350 linking the M4 to Poole and the channel ferries have been created by Geoff Edwards a local resident.. The A36 also provides a route to Southampton via Salisbury and the  A303 London to the West country. The road junctions which can be accessed via an interactive map of the village can be viewed here: Photographic Survey of Every Road Junction in Freshford to the A36

The video films of the roads can also be viewed here: Video Survey of Road Systems in Freshford

Horse Traffic in Rosemary Lane Freshford Somerset


www.freshfordvillage.co.uk  The official website containing Parish Council Minutes and regularly updated news
www.freshford.com A website that provides historical information about Freshford and surrounding villages and towns
www.freshfordmill.co.uk A campaign website to deter building dwellings on the Freshford Mill land

Freshford Aerial Map (courtesy of Google)


Freshford Village Forum

Traditionally, democratic decisions are made after consultation with residents by means of meetings and questionnaires. The Internet now provides a means for residents and others to discuss ideas and comment on proposals in the comfort of their own homes and at a time that suites them. Freshfordvillage website provides a forum for residents to contribute news and comments.

Introduction to Internet Forums

An Internet forum is a web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. Internet forums are also commonly referred to as web forums, message boards, discussion boards, (electronic) discussion groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, fora (the Latin plural) or simply forums. The terms "forum" and "board" may refer to the entire community or to a specific sub-forum dealing with a distinct topic. Messages within these sub-forums are then displayed either in chronological order or as threaded discussions.

Such forums perform a function similar to that of Usenet newsgroups and the dial-up bulletin board systems that were numerous in the 1980s and 1990s. [1] Early web-based forums such as UBB.classic date back as far as 1996. A sense of virtual community often develops around forums that have regular users. Technology, computer games and/or video games, fashion, religion, and politics are popular areas for forum themes, but there are forums for a huge number of different topics. Internet slang and image macros popular across the internet are abundant and most widely used in internet forums.

Note. The first two paragraphs above are copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum

The Freshford Forum allows residents to contribute news and ideas as well as comment on that news, ideas, and comments.

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