New project to make over Bath 'gateway'
People living in the London Road area of Bath could soon see their street transformed as plans for a regeneration project make progress.
The London Road Gateway Group, which is made up of local councillors and residents, has secured £750,000 from Bath and North East Somerset Council to fund a clean-up and makeover scheme for the area which has been labelled "an embarrassment".
Councillor Cherry Beath, the cabinet member responsible for sustainable development, spoke at a meeting last week about the importance of getting the work done.
She said: "This is an exciting time for the residents of London Road.
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"We are releasing the money which was approved by council in February so we can get projects off the ground as soon as possible.
"I'm really glad we have been able to get on with this so quickly. We have achieved a lot in a short time and this regeneration will help reverse years of neglect of this area by the previous administration."
The support from the council has been welcomed by members of the Gateway Group, who said they were keen to get started, including improving the look of some of the rundown buildings at the city centre end of the road.
Councillor Lisa Brett (Lib Dem, Walcot) said: "The London Road desperately needs this regeneration project.
"I hope that the improvements to the street scene and buildings lining London Road will help attract inward investment to the area, bringing new jobs and opportunities to our residents. The project will also enhance the eastern gateway to the city, helping to improve Bath's reputation."
Councillor Paul Fox (Lib Dem, Walcot), added: "The state of London Road has been an embarrassment to the city for far too long. This investment will help create a neighbourhood where people will be proud to live."