Fewer cars for Kingsmead Square?

People are being asked about a pedestrian-friendly plan to introduce restricted hours for vehicles to drive in Bath’s popular Kingsmead Square.

Officers from Bath & North East Somerset Council will be in the square on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 from 9.30am-12.30pm as part of the Forest of Imagination event.

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They will be asking people what they think about the idea prior to a formal consultation taking place, the council is also accepting comments via email and letter – see details for how to respond at www.bathnes.gov.uk/kingsmeadsq

The council is considering limiting  vehicle  access, except  for  attending  emergency  services, while  still  allowing  access  to  the  flats,  shops  and  cafés  for  essential  loading  and  refuse  collection  each  morning.

It could mean a  timed  restriction could be introduced  every  day, between  the  hours  of  11am  and  midnight in order to meet the needs of both residents, businesses and pedestrians.

The  proposal aims to  increase  opportunities  for a growing café  culture to and create an inviting space for people by  removing  all  vehicles  during  the  core  hours  of  the  day  and  evening.

Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said: “Kingsmead Square is one of the council’s priority areas for improvement and we are asking people for their views about this plan. A restriction on traffic would enhance the quality of the environment for everyone and further support the café culture which has grown there.”

If the scheme were to go ahead it would require an experimental  traffic regulation  order lasting for six to 12  months to allow  the  proposal  to  be  tested  and  adjusted  before  a  final  decision  is  made  on  whether  to  make  it  permanent.