'Stop HGVs through city' Bath Preservation Trust chief executive
Bath Preservation Trust chief executive Caroline Kay answers the questions in the Chronicle's My Bath feature:
What's your favourite part of Bath?
Well, the Royal Crescent on a sunny day is hard to beat. We are perhaps all so used to its image that we forget to look with new eyes and wonder at it, though Lansdown Crescent is perhaps more delicately beautiful. I also enjoy all the alleys and pedestrian short cuts which dip between various parts of the town and give you a glimpse of its pre-Georgian heritage.
Where's the best place to eat?
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The Circus Restaurant in Brock Street is a favourite, but my guilty secret is Yen Sushi in Bartlett Street, where I sometimes take myself for lunch with a good book.
What's the best view in the city?
I love looking across the city from North Road or Bathwick Hill, in low winter sunlight, when the stone is at its most honeyed. I think it is also really informative to view the city from the top of Beckford's Tower on Lansdown and realise that nearly all that you can see of the city was not there in the early 19th century when it was built.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
A day in which the council decided to invest the profits from the Roman Baths back into heritage and cultural provision in the city! But leaving fantasy aside, it would probably be a walk around some of Bath's countryside (perhaps the site of the Battle of Lansdown in the company of Civil War expert Dr John Wroughton); back into town for lunch near the canal; a mooch round some of the many art galleries; and a first-class cricket match on the Rec. I would hope however that everyone else's perfect day would encompass a visit to the museums at No 1 Royal Crescent or the Building of Bath Collection....
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
In reality, it's most likely to be round a kitchen table at book club or down at the cricket club watching our sons play cricket. But on the rare occasions we meet in town we might go to Hall and Woodhouse.
What's your favourite shop?
I'm not a big fan of shopping for shopping's sake! But I have fallen in love with the shoe shop Duo on Milsom Street for their quality and their fitted boots. And of course we are blessed with marvellous independent bookshops like Mr B's, Toppings and Bayntuns.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
HGVs going though the city, which is bad for both people and buildings.
â The BPT is raising money for work to provide a new learning centre and interpretation room at its No 1 Royal Crescent museum. See www.bath-preservation -trust.org.uk.
Next week: City of Bath College principal Matt Atkinson.