Pavements should be made safe for all
In recent weeks we have seen several articles and letters in the Chronicle discussing proposed transport and infrastructure improvements in Bath.
Whilst they all have their different agendas and merits these schemes are in the main medium to long term aspirations involving considerable amounts of planning, consultation, expertise and of course money to make them happen.
These schemes are admirable and in most cases should be promoted and funded.
However, there are issues throughout Bath that merit more urgent consideration, don't need planning, consultation or much expertise. What do I mean?
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Our pavements and paths throughout the city are in many areas a disgrace and present a real danger for the elderly, toddlers and, in this year of the Paralympics, those of us not as mobile as others and those who are partially sighted who rely on the feel of the pavements on which they walk.
We discuss new hotels, facilities and events to encourage visitors to this great city and we can't even provide visitors and residents with a safe pavement surface to walk around and take in all that Bath has to offer without the real threat of injury caused by tripping over proud or loose paving slabs.
Of course using Tarmacadam to pave the streets would be easier and safer but who wants to see that everywhere in Bath?
Come on B&NES – or its consultants responsible for the improvements around the Guildhall – let's get some inspectors out there, identify these problem areas and replace the defective slabs on a rolling programme throughout the winter.
It's a short term fix, not particularly expensive with a lot to gain in terms of goodwill from visitors and residents alike.
Although it's not for me there are those who will and I'm sure do take B&NES to court following incidents who aren't so tolerant and don't see why they should put up with the current state of Bath's pavements.
Think of the money saved in handling complaints, legal costs and compensation. It could even be at least partly self-financing.
PETER FOX Resident & Highway Consultant