Followers of Bath Newseum will know l am a little shocked at the state of the stone balustrade facing Pulteney Bridge which is – itself – exhibiting a widening crack in its stonework.
Bearing in mind how historically important this part of Bath is – and how it contributes to its World Heritage status and tourist trade – l asked the Cabinet member who l was informed was responsible for the upkeep of such ‘fabric’ – Cllr Charles Gerrish – if l could have an interview.
I have had a response of sorts. Must say, l thought it a little abrupt.
Judge for yourselves. First my email:
Dear Cllr Gerrish,
I would dearly love to do a video interview with you regarding the state of the balustrade adjoining Pulteney Bridge and the crack that has appeared in the bridge itself.
Since raising this via www.bathnewseum.com l am reliably informed the matter has been looked at by B&NES. This is one of the city’s most treasured architectural gems.
Then his reply:
That’s a ‘no’ to an interview then? Not even a full stop at the end! I will await the ‘press statement’ with interest.
Freelance Journalist, broadcaster, columnist and local historian. Director of Bath Newseum. Married and lives in Bath.
Interested in local history, architecture and visual display in museums and urban spaces.
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