The people of Keynsham are being offered a chance to hear and comment upon plans for the regeneration of the River Avon in their area. Keynsham Town Council has invited The River Regeneration Trust to […]
Well this was a new one for me. On one edge of the village green at Wick in South Gloucestershire. The remains of the first open-air skittle alley l have ever seen! I would not […]
Millions being spent clearing away the last visual reminder of Bath’s industrial past. A familiar landmark being erased from the city skyline.
Of course, it frees up more land – once cleansed of any chemical pollution – on which to build high density housing. I have no argument with brown-field development.
If only economics were more tilted in its favour and away from the grass-covered tracks of open countryside that are so much cheaper to desecrate in the name of industrial rejuvenation and vote-catching politics.
I am one of those silly aesthetics who saw the old gas tower – the last of a clutch of three down at Midland Road – as a means of creating just one special piece amongst all the ‘regeneration’ in this Bath Enterprise Area. Something to show that we really can ‘add’ to our city’s heritage.
A Bath ‘Albert Hall‘ – which used its shape and structure to create a concert venue for the city – was my wistful dream.
We do not – however – live in an age where anyone is going to be generous enough with their money to ‘waste’ it on such fanciful architecture. Functional and cheap is how we see modern construction. Homes and jobs and boosting our sluggish economy is our only vision for the future.
Little bits of Bath’s industrial do still remain. Empty factories – but generally unloved and begrudgingly set aside for inclusion in whatever commercial scheme is finally agreed for their incorporation as a nod to the past.
I cannot see there will be much for a tourist guide of the future to point out to visitors keen to see what architecture – beside even more ancient classical Georgian or ‘buried’ Roman – is still standing proud in space and time to be photographed and appreciated.
We have been as thorough as those 18th century developers we now so admire in wiping out all traces of a previous land use which had a culture and social history all its own. The odd Pitmans or Pitt Street may leave an echo of the past – but that is all.
Architectural relics are but blots on this new economic landscape. Blockages that must be removed or neutralised.
What is regarded by many as Bath‘s finest interior looks like getting a bit of a major overhaul. Bath and North East Somerset Council is putting in a planning application to itself to replace the […]
Seems this year’s Heritage Open Days at Bath’s Cleveland Pools was a great success with 500 visitors visiting Britain’s only remaining Georgian-built open-air swimming facility over the three days. The following report has been sent […]
A rare opportunity to handle 2,000-year-old artefacts is on offer at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Roman Baths. The exclusive “day school”, on Saturday 9 November from 10am to 4pm, gives unique access to […]
A public consultation on the possibility of reopening Saltford train station is due to begin in October, Bath and North East Somerset Council has confirmed. The announcement comes following pressure from Conservative councillors for the […]
It’s Jane Austen Festival time and amongst events today – the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade with several hundred fans walking through Bath from the Royal Crescent lawn to the Parade Gardens Lots of people around […]
Back in July work began on Bath Abbey‘s North aisle floor trial. This work is necessary to stabilize the subsiding floor, and to test the new geo-thermal heating system which, it is hoped, will use energy […]
Councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have voted to call a halt to plans to close public toilets throughout the area. At a Full Council meeting , councillors unanimously backed a Conservative proposal which […]