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Bath River Line: river parks and towpath improvements

What are we proposing to do?

The Bath River Line is an exciting green infrastructure project to rejuvenate the river corridor through Bath, from Newbridge to Batheaston. We are currently developing the project with support from the West of England Combined Authority. The project is looking at ways to improve the towpath, parks and green spaces, and public realm directly adjacent to the river, to benefit biodiversity, communities, and our sustainable transport infrastructure.

We’d like your views on developing the parks and path on the western section of the Bath River Line, from Newbridge to Bath Quays. You can view our map to see the exact route. Do you use any of the parks along the route – Brassmill Lane, Kelson’s Fields, Norfolk Crescent, or Green Park? Do you use the towpath for recreation or commuting? What would improve these spaces and encourage greater use?

Why are we consulting?

We are consulting to get people’s early thoughts and views that can be used to inform the design process, and identify a range of improvements that users would like to see. There have already been some concept designs done as part of the WaterSpace Study that we would like your opinion on, but don’t be restrained by these designs. We are looking for any new ideas that will improve the spaces and help make them accessible for all.

What are we consulting on?

We are consulting on the designs produced as part of the WaterSpace Study. The four designs are:

Brassmill Lane Park

Kelson's Field

Norfolk Crescent

Green Park

For each space we would like you to tell us:

  • What you like about the space
  • What you dislike about the space
  • What improvements you would like to see
  • Any comments you have on the proposed design

We are looking to improve the riverside towpath for all users, through improved vegetation management, widening where possible, and improved street furniture. We want to know what:

  • You like about the towpath
  • You dislike about the towpath
  • Improvements you would like to see

How are we consulting?

This first phase consultation will run until Friday 18 December 2020, and you can respond to the consultation online.

Respond to the consultation online

What happens next?

Draft designs will be produced that reflect the feedback from this consultation, and ideas to improve the spaces. There will then be a further consultation for input into the final design in March 2021.

How can I find out more?

You can sign up for occasional updates about the improvement project when you complete the consultation survey, or you can email riveravon@bathnes.gov.uk.