Residents and businesses in two Bath high streets are being asked for their views on a range of improvements to attract footfall and revitalise these local high streets.
Twerton High Street and Mount Road are among four high streets in the city to have been awarded a £488,000 funding boost announced in June by Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Concept designs including street furniture, cycle storage, art installations, planting and pop-up uses in vacant shops have been drawn up and the council is now consulting on the suggested improvements.
The consultation will run online from September 5 to September 30 here: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-local-centres-high-street-improvement-…. There will also be in-person drop-in events as follows:
Twerton High Street concept design
- Monday 5th September 2022, 6pm to 9pm at Bath City Football Club (Twerton Park), High Street, Twerton BA2 1DB.
- Wednesday 7th September 2022, 10am to 1pm at Rose Cottage, High Street, Twerton BA2 1DB
Mount Road concept design
- Tuesday 13th September 2022, 6.30pm-9pm at Main Hall, Southdown Methodist Church Centre, The Hollow, BA2 1NJ
- Friday 16th September 2022, 12.30pm – 3.30pm at Front Hall, Southdown Methodist Church Centre, The Hollow, BA2 1NJ
The other two local centres receiving funding as part of the Bath Local Centres High Street Improvement Scheme are Moorland Road and Weston High Street. The concept designs for these locations will be consulted on next summer.
Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said: “Our high streets are the lifeblood of our communities and it’s vital that we protect and enhance them. We are keen to hear from residents and businesses on the Twerton High Street and Mount Road concept designs. Let us know which parts you like or any suggestions you may have to improve them, so a detailed design can be drawn up to create more vibrant and welcoming local centres that are fit for the future.”
The council secured £295,000 from the West of England Combined Authority’s ‘Love our High Streets’ grant programme for the project. A further £193,000 will be contributed from other funding sources, including £145,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy and an additional £35,000 linked funding from the West of England Combined Authority Vacant Unit Action Project.
The improvements to the four high streets will be tailored to the needs of each area. An initial round of community engagement took place in autumn and winter 2021. The summary of findings from this engagement and the broader project business case can be found here: https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Bath-Local-Centres-Love-Our-High-Streets-FBC.pdf
The project supports the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’ principle detailed in the council’s One Shared Vision which aims for most of people’s daily needs to be met within a short walk or cycle.