Bus stop markings and derelict sites.

Rubbish scattered across the pavement at the start of Broad Street.
Rubbish scattered across the pavement at the start of Broad Street.

Sunshine and showers and a gusty day to scatter the rubbish outside the shops at the corner of Broad Street.

On the High Street the new TK Maxx store now bears the company sign above the door that opens to shoppers next month.IMG_3224

Good to see bus markings going down on the new tarmac outside the Abbey and opposite the Guildhall.

Bus stop markings on the High Street.
Bus stop markings on the High Street.

However, will parts of the new and pristine pedestrian paving have to be broken up and lifted to make way for bus stop signs and – hopefully – bus shelters?

Plenty of evidence of new signage for cyclists – though the way in and out of Cheap Street is still blocked. More new signage at the other end  of Westgate Street – but it is not clear yet how cycle flow will be directed.

Had to laugh at one cycle sign near Queen Square. It has a cycle symbol and someone has taken it at its word and chained their bike to it!IMG_3235

Meanwhile – come on City planners – when are we going to sort out some of the long-empty buildings in Bath. Some are of architectural note too.

The old King Edward's School building.
The old King Edward’s School building.

The old King Edward’s School in Broad Street is by Thomas Jelly, 1752. It has been empty for years.   While the rear end of the Corn Market has long borne scaffolding which must be Grade 1 listed by now!

Grade 1 listed scaffolding?
Grade 1 listed scaffolding?

Cycling back along the canal towpath towards Kensington Meadows l am saddened every time l pass the end of a terrace of houses covered in graffiti and corrugated iron.

When will something happen here?
When will something happen here?

While on the London Road end of the Gloucester Road a boarded up but modern-styled pub complex has lain empty for years. Graffiti and gravity fight for the ailing fabric’s attention.

Derelict end of a terrace.
Derelict end of a terrace as seen from canal towpath.

With all the debates about greenbelt development shouldn’t we be doing all we can to exploit  these city sites?