What’s your view?

I am not going to get into an argument about whether or not Bath’s Christmas Market is a good idea but – can l just point out – lessons over bad sitings in Milsom Street appear not to have been learned.

The picture above was taken last year – by the way.

Half of Jolly’s – one of Britain’s oldest department stores and currently still under commercial threat following the House of Fraser takeover – is again masked by market stalls.

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Jolly’s under siege? Picture taken this week.

This was done last year and created dead pavement space outside the store.

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Picture taken last year. Most people walk up and down through the middle of the road.

The same thing is happening on the other side of the road. This is the view – out into Milsom Street – if you are standing in the entrance to Paperworks.

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The view from the doorway at Paperchase. Picture taken this week.

Why aren’t they back to back in the middle of the road? There would still be space for the emergency services to get through and people could see established stores on one side of the pathway and the temporary market stalls on the other.

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Picture taken last year.