As far as ‘photo opportunities’ go, Grand Parade is THE spot for tourists to stop and take a ‘selfie’ with the iconic – Robert Adam designed – Pulteney Bridge behind them.
While some may linger to admire the waters of the River Avon rushing over the weir beneath them, l can’t imagine many taking in what is lurking on the other side of the stone balustrade they may be leaning upon.
Here’s the view through the window – from inside the Bridge Coffee Shop – and it’s sad to see the weed-infested stonework that makes up part of what is a Council-owned listed structure.
Meanwhile Pulteney Bridge – completed in 1774 to connect the city with the new development taking place on the Bathwick Estate – has also grabbed my attention.
A Grade 1 listed structure, it’s been repaired and renovated several times with the last work – including bolstering its foundations – taking place around the time the current weir was constructed – in the early 70’s – as part of a flood prevention scheme.
Looking over the balustrade – from time to time – l have noticed an horizontal crack in its masonry that seems to have grown wider of late.
Not that l am saying – in anyway – that the structure is in danger – but would be keen to know whether the Council’s engineers have carried out an inspection.
While we are in that historic location, B&NES recently appealed for a private developer to come in and help the Council breath new life into the Colonnades – a column-fronted space supporting Grand Parade above.
Bath Rugby have now started the process of changing the look of one side of the riverbank at this point – and we await – with interest – to see what may or may not happen on the other side.
So what you’re saying is that we should close the bridge to all traffic and pedestrianise it or face having it structurally fail over the coming years?
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