Mount Road consultation

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A technical error in recording responses has prompted B&NES to re-launch a consultation on a range of improvements to revitalise Mount Road in Bath on January 9.

Mount Road is among four high streets in the city to have been awarded a share of a £488,000 funding boost announced last June by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Concept designs including street furniture, art installations and planting have been drawn up and the council is now consulting on the suggested improvements.

Residents and businesses were originally asked for their views on both the Mount Road and Twerton High Street improvement schemes in a consultation launched in September 2022, but responses for Mount Road were not recorded due to a technical error with the online form. All Twerton responses were recorded.

The consultation will now restart to make sure people’s views on the proposed improvements for Mount Road can be gathered.

The consultation runs from January 9 until February 3. From January 9 the consultation can be accessed here

The council is also encouraging people to find out more at a drop-in in-person event in the Main Hall at Southdown Methodist Church Centre on Wednesday, January 11 where there will also be a chance to speak to the council’s Liveable Neighbourhoods team about residents’ proposals for Mount Road . The event will run from 2pm to 6.30pm and all are welcome.

Councillor Mark Roper, cabinet member for Economic Development, Regeneration and Growth, said: “The proposed improvements for Mount Road are tailored to the needs of the area and are based on initial views we gathered from the community in autumn and winter 2021. Now, we would like to invite feedback on the draft design so we can draw up final plans to make Mount Road a vibrant and welcome local centre that’s fit for the future.

“Although there was a website error when we originally began this consultation in September last year, I’d like to underline that no responses have been lost because unfortunately none could be entered. We apologise for this technical issue and thank you to the people who submitted their views to us about the Twerton scheme, which have all been safely recorded.

“If you visit, live in or work in the Mount Road area then please respond to this new consultation so that we can get the final design right. You can also come to the event to find out more about the project, as well as about our Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.”

More details about the council’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, which is funded separately from the Mount Road improvement scheme, can be found here: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/liveable-neighbourhoods

The other two local centres receiving funding as part of the Bath Local Centres High Street Improvement Scheme are Moorland Road and Weston High Street. The concept designs for these locations will be consulted on this summer.

The council secured £295,000 from the West of England Combined Authority’s ‘Love our High Streets’ grant programme for the project. A further £193,000 will be contributed from other funding sources, including £145,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy and an additional £35,000 linked funding from the West of England Combined Authority Vacant Unit Action Project.

The improvements to the four high streets will be tailored to the needs of each area. An initial round of community engagement took place in autumn and winter 2021. The summary of findings from this engagement and the broader project business case can be found here: https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Bath-Local-Centres-Love-Our-High-Streets-FBC.pdf

The project supports the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’ principle detailed in the council’s One Shared Vision which aims for most of people’s daily needs to be met within a short walk or cycle.