Ensuring Bath City Centre remains a welcoming, safe and secure place for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy. We’d like your views on proposals to permanently strengthen on-street security within Bath City Centre’s busiest streets and spaces.
A key part of the Council’s role is keeping the city’s streets and spaces safe and secure from the threat of terrorism. Since 2016, the Council and Avon & Somerset Police have coordinated protection work designed to improve overall public safety and strengthen protection in areas of high footfall.
As the threat to the United Kingdom from terrorism remains, it is important that Bath & North East Somerset Council, with the help of its partners, continues to work hard to support the economy and community of Bath city centre. The Council has been working closely with the Police on plans to further strengthen city centre access restrictions and install new purpose-designed street furniture which will provide permanent enhanced safety for people in areas of high footfall.
What are we consulting on?
The Council & Police have developed a proposal that seeks to provide appropriately improved security whilst continuing to allow the city’s businesses and service providers a viable, level of vehicle access. The proposed scheme combines;
- Vehicle access restrictions within the city centre’s most crowded streets.
- Strengthened secure vehicle access points controlled/operated by the Council’s CCTV control room
- New purpose designed reinforced static and sliding protective bollards and furniture
These have been summarised in a consultation brochure to help you identify the key points.
To help shape the best possible city centre security scheme, the Council really wants to hear the views of;
- People who live and work within, or visit the city centre.
- Business, cultural and service organisations which support the economy and wellbeing of the city.
- Organisations that help protect our heritage and ensure the city is inclusive and welcoming.
We’d like your views before finalising the proposals and advertising the traffic regulation orders that will enforce the access restrictions.
How to take part
Please read the consultation summary brochure, plans, Q & A’s before completing an online survey by Sunday 31 January 2021.
Consultation summary brochure (16 pages)
- Video presentation
- Questions and answers
- Equalities impact and mitigation statement
Those without access to the internet can call council connect on 01225 39 40 41 to request printed copies of the summary and survey.
Public Consultation Events
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no public events to support this consultation. We have however, extended the consultation period and online content to allow for this.
Your feedback and suggestions will inform any changes and refinements to the final proposals. Traffic Regulation Orders, that will be necessary to enforce proposed access controls, will be formally advertised for further public comment in Spring 2021.
Updates will be available on the project webpage at www.bathnes.gov.uk/citycentresecurity
If you have questions and concerns that cannot be expressed in the survey, please email us: CityCentreSecurity@bathnes.gov.uk
Printed surveys and letters can be addressed to:
City Centre Security Consultation,
Environmental Services - Design & Projects Team,
Public Consultation, November 2020 – January 2021
Closes Sunday Sunday 31 January 2021