Does Bath’s river hold water with you?

A group of experts will be gathering in Bath today (Thursday, January 16th) to ask – in a public debate –  whether the River Avon is an asset or a liability to the city through which it runs.

The poster publicising the river debate. Click on image to enlarge.

For centuries Bath has turned its back on one of its most defining features and, with a long history of disastrous floods, maybe that’s not been surprising.

However the riverbank is seeing a major change of use from industrial to residential and – in a city beset with choking traffic problems – maybe a green-edged river with its attendant wildlife and leisure activities is suddenly a more attractive environmental prospect.

The event is being held at Bath’s Royal Literary and Scientific Institute in Queen Square  at 7 for 7.30pm.

On the panel for what’s billed as ‘an evening of exploration and debate on the past,present and future of the River Avon and its environs’ is Dr Cathryn Spence who is an independent historian; Alan Travers from Buro Haploid; Georg Rich from Feilden, Clegg, Bradley Studios and Andrew Grant from Grant Associates. The panel will be chaired by Simon Kale from Nicholas Pearson Associates.

Tickets are available via