Bath city centre security

To view the city centre security documents including a short film click here: Respond online 

Feedback can be provided online until 31 January 2021.

Bath & North East Somerset Council and Avon & Somerset Police, have been working together to ensure Bath city centre is a safe, secure and welcoming for the people who live, work and visit here.

Since 2016, the Council has put in place various temporary security measures to provide a higher quality of protection from terrorism around Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and Pump Room, as well as the retail core of the city centre. This has successfully helped maintain the city’s safety.

In June 2020 temporary access restriction measures were put in place to enable social distancing, as the government eased covid-19 restrictions. This is helping to protect public health and safety and the Council thanks local residents and businesses for adapting and supporting these measures at such short notice.

Prior to the pandemic, in conjunction with the Police, proposals were already underway to permanently strengthen and improve city centre security and public safety in parts of Bath’s historic city centre by 2021. The plans would see purpose-designed controlled vehicle access points and enhanced street furniture begin to replace existing temporary concrete barriers and gates.

The Council is committed to enabling the on-going recovery of Bath, and the need for security remains a significant factor in re-building Bath’s vitality. The Council is therefore resuming work on security improvements. 

Public consultation commenced on 16 November 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Council has adapted its consultation to online methods, so you can see proposals and provide feedback on proposals safely here.

Your feedback will be used to inform potential refinements to the draft proposals, before the Council formally advertises the traffic regulation orders, which would enable the access restrictions to be enforced.

Information about this consultation is available on request in other languages, audio, Braille, large print or other formats. To request another format please contact us by email at

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