Followers of the Virtual Museum will know l hate so-called pavement stencils. Messy graffiti that disfigures our historic city. It just looks bad and – as the rain falls and people smudge the outlines – it just gets worse and worse.
The latest examples l found on the main path leading up to the Holburne Museum and the pavement surrounding the outside of the Victoria Art Gallery.
Apparently its all part of ‘Rome around Bath’ – a marketing campaign organised by the Bath Museum Partnership – with funding from Arts Council England!
It includes leaflets and posters, digital campaigns and – it would seem – stencils. It’s the successor to the ‘Hot Bath, Cool Museums’ marketing campaign last year.
All the museums are included in the promotion – including the Council ones. The campaign is listed on the Visit Bath website: http://visitbath.co.uk/things-to-do/rome-around-bath
While l applaud any effort to ‘market’ our fine collection of specialist museums I have to say how can young people be told not to write on walls when the grown-ups are busy spraying all over the floor??
This is a World Heritage city. We should be proud of it. Every bit of it is precious. There is enough rubbish blowing about without this.
Ironically just been watching Reese Witherspoon in the 2004 film version of Vanity Fair – shot at locations in Bath including the Holburne and Great Pulteney Street.
These are backdrops we value for tourist income – don’t spoil them.
It’s not enough to say it’s temporary. It’s the mindset that you think it’s OK to do this in the first place.
Meanwhile interested in knowing how people feel about the cutting back of laurel in Sydney Gardens where views of the canal are certainly being opened up. I like it.
The laurel will recover at a more respectable height. It’s all to do with park management. At least for as long as the local council feels it can afford to pay.
Elsewhere in the park the barriers around the railway line that also cuts through this former Georgian pleasure garden are starting to come down at the end of Network Rail’s six-week programme of works ahead of electrification.
Can’t wait to see the designs being considered for the brackets to hold the power cable through this heritage site.
Maybe the whole of Bath might be allowed to vote on them rather than individual organisations.
The other path leading into the park is the towpath along the Kennet and Avon Canal. Ironically B&NES has a grant – aimed at encouraging cycling – to spend for the benefit of all users of the towpath. Not everyone likes the cyclists but then not every cyclist likes the dogs that wander freely across their path.
Went to the consultation in Larkhall yesterday where l was told very few people had complained about the proposals.
A steady flow but not exactly the sort of queues Banky’s Dismaland has been getting down at Weston super Mare.
This – of course -is all about consideration for others and a decent path so ALL can enjoy a mud and water free walk or cycle into town.
If you don’t like the bikes then campaign for B&NES to make proper provision for them along the streets of this city. The car is not sacred anymore.
The towpath has an un-enforceable code of conduct which asks cyclists to go slow and dog walkers to use a lead but there is no one to police this or hand out an on-the-spot-fine.
To all speeding cyclists and those without bell or helmet – l say slow down and safety-up. To all dog walkers not using leads l say get your pet under control. While those out with the family must put their mobiles away for long enough to keep an eye on their toddlers.
To all of those who do have consideration for others – thanks and now spread the word.