New home for recycling centre?

The last gasometer and Destructor Bridge - across the Avon on the right.
The last gasometer and Destructor Bridge – across the Avon on the right.

Looks like work to replace Bath’s old Destructor Bridge across the River Avon will start in the autumn and take up to a year – as part of the massive redevelopment of what is now called Bath Riverside.

The refurbishment of the existing Victoria Bridge is due to be completed this December.

A meeting of B&NES Housing and Major Projects Panel next week (May 27th 2014) will hear Phase 1 of the regeneration project to build up to 813 dwellings is well underway with 300 homes already constructed – 101 of them affordable 1,2 and 3 bed flats and houses.

Demand is so strong the scheme is due to be completed in 2018/19 instead of the planned 2022.

Meanwhile work will start soon on taking down the last gasometer frame on the old gas works site which – it is proposed – will become part of the remaining phases of developing the site – which could see building continue – on these former industrial lands – through to 2026.

B&NES is also developing plans to relocate the waste transfer and recycling site and may relocate its waste management operation to Pixash Lane at Keynsham.

A new Bath-based site will be found for the Household Recycling Centre and a number of options are already being evaluated.