City has lost charm and its fa­cil­i­ties

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

I have just pur­chased the lo­cal pa­per merely to air my views on what I hoped would be a mem­o­rable re­visit to Bath hav­ing spent many reg­u­lar hol­i­days in the once beau­ti­ful city. I found the city still to be beau­ti­ful in parts but lack­ing the fundamentals of ne­ces­si­ties... toi­lets. An unimag­in­able night­mare sit­u­a­tion with our small chil­dren. I was very grate­ful to sev­eral restau­rants who al­lowed us to make des­per­ate use of their fa­cil­i­ties. One won­ders, do the coun­cil help to pay for busi­nesses who grant this kind and gen­er­ous ges­ture? A po­lice sta­tion, hav­ing wit­nessed a bla­tant shoplifter we sought a po­lice­man, but al­beit we ex­pe­ri­enced two park­ing tick­ets by ea­ger and plen­ti­ful traf­fic war­dens, an of­fi­cer of the law was in­vis­i­ble. Also the clo­sure of so many of our favourite shops - how sad. That to­gether with the con­fus­ing traf­fic lay­out, that re­sulted in a fine on our re­turn home and dra­matic rise (no pun in­tended) of the gi­gan­tic, bland univer­sity blocks, oh dear, Bath is sadly not one of our favourite des­ti­na­tions any­more. Gail Hodges Mil­ton Way West Dray­ton

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