New safety fencing set to go ahead
Politicians look set to approve new safety fencing along the River Avon.
Members of Bath and North East Somerset Council's cabinet will next Wednesday decide on installing fencing on an 850-metre stretch of the river to the east of Windsor Bridge, on the northern side public footpath.
A report by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), commissioned by Avon and Somerset Police and the council, recommended that a structure should be put along the river to prevent people falling in.
The report followed a rise in concern about public safety along the footpath after the deaths of University of Bath student Kharunigan Jayanatham, graphic designer Casper Flagg and Bath Spa University student James Bubear, who all drowned.
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Since the RoSPA report last year the council has implemented a number of other initiatives recommended in the document. The fencing will cost the council £140,000 but the authority will only have to pay £95,000 with Bath Spa University contributing £5,000 towards the project and the remaining £40,000 coming from the Bath Western Riverside developers Crest. If given the go ahead by the council's cabinet, the fencing will be installed by April next year.