We need more time to think

Proposals to strengthen city centre security – due to go before Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet next month – will now be considered at a meeting later in the year.     

The proposals, in addition to an accessibility study and a consultation feedback report, were due to be debated at the June 23 cabinet meeting.

The accessibility study and consultation feedback report documents are available online and people can still respond to them until June 1 https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-city-centre-security-consultation-update

Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said: “Our priority is to keep the public safe and we know there is also a balance to ensure accessibility.  We now have the benefit of a detailed independent accessibility study, we have listened to consultation feedback and to the police.

‘Taking all this into account we need more time to consider this balance so we can better meet the needs of the public. For this reason a report on City Centre Security will be coming to a later cabinet and not June 23 as we had anticipated.  

“We have asked for comments on the accessibility report and consultation by June 1 and we still want to receive these.  Thank you to all those who have had their say and provided their feedback.”   

The proposed city centre scheme would see measures introduced to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks in the city, including vehicle access restrictions on streets with the highest footfall and purpose-designed street furniture and bollards to enhance public safety.

For further details visit the project webpage