With many university students returning to the city as the new term starts this week, we are supporting a new campaign aimed at getting an important message out about food intolerance.

Young people across Bath and North East Somerset with food intolerance are being reminded to always ask serving staff for allergen information when eating out.

It follows new research conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), in partnership with Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign. They say 41per cent of 16-24-year-olds with food allergies and intolerances don’t feel very confident in asking staff for allergen information.

The FSA has launched the ‘easy to ASK’ campaign which if you see it around Bath, reminds food establishments to ask customers about their dietary needs, and help put people with food allergies, especially those who are young, at ease. I hope food businesses will get behind the campaign.

This week has seen the closure of public toilets in Avon Street – they were in a poor condition and subject to numerous complaints from residents and visitors. They were kept open to provide facilities for the coach park as an interim measure prior to the redevelopment of the Bath Quays area.

People are being advised about plenty of public toilets within five minutes’ walking distance of Riverside Coach Park and the council is in discussion with the Christmas Market organisers to ensure sufficient temporary toilets are in place for the event.

Looking ahead the new coach part at Odd Down will soon be fully operational. It follows funding agreed last year by the West of England Combined Authority to invest £1.8m to relocate a coach park in Bath from Bath Quays North to Odd Down Park and Ride.  

This weekend Northampton Saints pay a visit to the Rec and I hope the result leaves us with a 2 1 1 scoreboard going into next week.