Aims to bring new life to popular Chelsea Road in Bath
Work is under way to make a popular Bath shopping area more attractive to pedestrians.
People living and working in Chelsea Road were asked for their views on what should be done to enhance the area.
Environmental group Transition Bath wants to encourage shoppers to walk or use public transport to reach the area.
It sent a survey to all residents living within a ten- minute walk of Chelsea Road to find out about their use of the street and how they felt it could be improved. Local traders were also asked for their views.
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Transition Bath spokeswoman Isobel Mack said: "Nearly a quarter of households within walking distance have no car. Transition Bath believes that local high streets are an important heart for the local community and it is important to encourage them to thrive."
The survey was followed up with a number of public meetings.
Issues raised at these included the speed of traffic, size of pavements, lack of safe crossings, cycle racks and greenery, and access difficulties for people with low mobility.
From the meetings a report was compiled listing concrete ways of improving the area.
Suggestions included a reduction in the speed limit, wider pavements, improved walking and cycling links, more pedestrian crossings, and help to encourage new businesses to the area.
A design group is now being set up so that local residents and traders can work with Bath and North East Somerset Council. In the next few years the group would like to see new bus stops and timetables at either end of the street, a butcher, fishmonger and pharmacy for the street, and dedicated disabled parking spaces.
Miss Mack said: "We hope that this project can be used as a test case and the findings applied to other local centres, both within Bath and elsewhere."
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