Next time you take a walk through historic Sydney Gardens in Bath look out for the signposted information.
It’s giving some idea of how B&NES is hoping to spend some money improving things in this – the last remnant of a Georgian pleasure garden remaining in England.
There’s talk of opening up views of the Kennet and Avon Canal, replacing bins and seats and encouraging the use of ‘informal social space.’
I am with the Council in terms of reducing the amount of tarmac and using a more suitable material – and with keeping and improving the views along the ‘central ride’ but there is no mention of lighting.
Maybe the budget won’t stretch this far. B&NES was hoping for Heritage Lottery Fund support on a grander scheme – but solar-powered, sunken lighting would have given the public an extended use of this green jewel in its Bath stone crown.
Meanwhile it seems Network Rail is going to be using the park-keeper’s compost compound for storage during its electrification work on the section of railway that runs through the park.
Part of the agreement is a contribution from Network Rail towards the eventual restoration of the space to being an active public part of Sydney Gardens’ with improved connections to the Holburne Museum.’
Something to look forward to?
On the reverse side l wonder where the ‘cuttings’ are going to go. I heard this is already the official ‘compost corner’ for other parks in Bath also?