More reactions coming in regarding my recent story concerning the colonnades lining historic Bath Street – an 18th-century creation that now links the Roman Baths with the Cross Bath and Thermae Spa.
One side of it has been freshly painted – a real contrast to the bare Bath stone columns on the opposite side of the road. I suggested that adds complications to the street being used in future for filming period dramas.
I also wondered why the renovations at the Stall Street end of York Street were taking so long.
I have heard now from Robert Campbell who is the new Head of Heritage Services for B&NES.
He told me:
‘On the matter of the columns, we are still investigating. Whilst council-owned, the buildings have a number of leasehold tenants. Our colleagues in ‘property’ are exploring the renovation programme with them now.
In terms of York Street, the works are running to schedule at the moment and we expect them to conclude in the first week of May.
As with all building projects in heritage settings you never know what to expect when you start so we still might experience some slippage.’
Here’s a view of the work in progress from a Pump Room offices window – supplied by Tony Crouch who is the City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager.
‘We are nearly there with York Street, and the work is looking superb in the April rain. A significant upgrade worth waiting for.’