Kingsmead Square is an important gathering space and arrival route to the west of the City Centre, its potential as a vibrant city space is yet to be realised.With a view to rebalancing the city centre in favour of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, Bath & North East Somerset Council is considering a vehicle access restriction in Kingsmead Square.
The Council’s Highways and Design specialists consider that a vehicle restriction could be introduced every day, between the hours of 11am and midnight. The road would be closed through use of locked bollards (emergency services would have access). Outside of these hours vehicles would be allowed as usual, enabling access to the flats, shops and cafes for essential loading, servicing and refuse collection.
This proposal would increase opportunities for café culture and outdoor tables and chairs, removing all vehicles during the core hours of the day and evening. It would reclaim 1,500 square metres of road space and improve the atmosphere and environment, giving priority back to pedestrians.
Subject to community support, funding is available to implement a vehicle access restriction trial (known as an ‘experimental traffic regulation order’), during 2019-20. The trial would last 6 to 12 months, and would allow this proposal to be tested and adjusted before a final decision is made on whether to make it permanent. Once permanent further improvements to the Square will be possible.
More information about the history of Kingsmead Square and further explanation of the proposal can be found here.
We’d like to hear your views and there is an informal consultation running from 27th September – 9th November 2018.
This is not yet a formal consultation on an ‘experimental traffic regulation order’, but is an earlier stage - an informal consultation. We are gathering views, ahead of refining the proposals, and making a decision whether to proceed.
How to comment:
The Team will be on Kingsmead Square as part of the ‘Forest of Imagination’ event on Saturday 29th September and 30th September 2018 (10am – 12.30). You can speak to our team at this event and you can post comments on our ‘consultation tree’.
We are also running a consultation with local businesses and traders on and around Kingsmead Square during October 2018, with support from Bath BID.
Please email any comments (by 5pm on 9th November 2018) to email@example.com
Please send in comments by post to: Environment & Design Projects Team, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.