Summit to consider future of the River Avon through Bath
A wide-ranging set of ideas for breathing new life into the River Avon through the city will be put under the spotlight at an all-day meeting in Bath.
A group of expert volunteers have produced a 120-page blueprint for the future of the Avon, with proposals from a park and sail scheme to hydro-electric generation.
The River Corridor Report was drawn up for Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is now encouraging people to come forward with their own views on how economic regeneration might be achieved along the waterway.
The authority’s economic and community development scrutiny panel is holding an inquiry day at the Guildhall at 10am on Wednesday, October 31 to discuss the recommendations of the report.
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One of the ideas which emerged was the possibility of introducing a park and sail scheme where shoppers, tourists and commuters could park at Weston Island and get a boat into the city centre.
Other ideas included using the river to transport waste, introducing river taxis and floating restaurants, as well as improving the condition of the towpath and access to it.
The day will focus on identifying the best ways of addressing the suggested options and ideas, and ensuring that a future strategy involves all the relevant bodies.
There will be guest speakers talking about projects elsewhere in the country.
Panel chair Councillor Robin Moss (Lab, Westfield) said: “The purpose of the day will be to review the recommendations contained within the River Corridor Report, which focus on unlocking the economic potential of the river by examining its cultural and the social and environmental value.
“It is also an opportunity to ensure that key stakeholders are at the heart of reshaping the future of the river corridor, together with the council.
“As well as interesting guest speakers, there will be an opportunity to share what work has already been achieved both within the local community and around the country.
“We will also be holding workshops where people can share their views on what are the best options for developing the River Avon. We hope as many people as possible come along and participate.”
For more information about the agenda and day itself, people can ring 01225 394456 or email email@example.com. uk.
The report is at www.river corridorgroupbath.co.uk.