One of our followers is keeping a keen eye on the road works underway on the west side of Queen Square. Contractors are widening pavements and installing Clean Air Zone measures.
Tony James writes: ‘Unfortunately they are replacing and reusing concrete slabs as opposed to laying traditional flagstones.
It’s disappointing that this is happening where John Wood the Elder launched his
Georgian vision for Bath. He would have hated it.
A simple run of flagstones would have lasted longer and looked in keeping.
It’s in the detail…’
Tony says he knows the contractors are only doing what they have been asked to do.
‘They are courteous and doing a good job. It’s just a shame that the square now has old
flagstones on one side of the road and concrete on the other.‘
Joining in this debate now is Paul Jackson who sends me a photo of the same pavement – just a few days before the new paving was laid.
“I too cannot understand why Bath fails to protect its historic pennant paving.
With one or two exceptions, the city has also turned its back on setts (the stones used for roads, that were kinder on horses hooves than the smaller cobbles).
On the Continent, many towns and cities still preserve this more traditional road surface – we’ve just returned from Faro in Portugal.”
” Unlike Bath, the old city of Faro is not a World Heritage Site: looking at its streets, you have to wonder why Bath goes for patched asphalt instead.”