Scaffold city?

Three things standing out within the urban environment of the streets of Bath yesterday (Tuesday, September 12th).

The first. We must be close to earning the title of being scaffold city.


It is everywhere – from the old Empire Hotel to several shop fronts in West Gate Street.




The second feature is – sadly – the number of empty shop units.



The third – and most visually active – are the council workmen employed on re-setting or replacing pennant flagstones – over which millions of tourists and local people tread every year.


Bath stone is much too soft to use as paving. l had always believed the harder, longer lasting pennant stone came from quarries in the Bristol area but one of the workmen told me a lot comes from Wales.


It’s going to make it feel more and more like home for all our welcome Welsh visitors who come over to visit the annual Christmas Market.