We aim to enable everyone to enjoy a safe, active, shared crossing over our beautiful canal.
Our proposal is located in Bathampton between King Edward’s School playing fields and Tyning Road, connecting walkers and cyclists with the canal, city and beyond. It would offer a much safer alternative to the existing, dangerous horseshoe bridge.
Proposed design seen from the towpath
In 2018 we set up an Association to bring forward a Planning Application for the new crossing. Our Application was registered on 2nd October 2018 with Reference 18/04394/FUL. We were delighted to be granted Permission on 25th February 2019.
B&NES Highways have now taken on responsibility for the detailed design and procurement phase of the project with funds set aside to do this in both the current and next budget years. This funding has been safeguarded despite sweeping budget cuts in 2020. In October 2020 the team completed ground conditions testing on site. We are working with B&NES to ultimately adopt the bridge into their network. This with the support of Cllrs Wright & Butters whose support as Cabinet members for Transport we are very grateful for.
To have got us this far we have many to thank including local organisations and businesses – our Parish Council, Ward Councillors, local schools (Bathampton Primary and King Edwards School), The George Inn, Mac McKillop of Bathampton Farm, as well as wider Bath-based donors such as The Medlock Trust, St John’s Foundation and Orseis Trust. Individuals have also been very generous, contributing £7,171 in total in personal donations and through fundraising events. Organisations have contributed £4,754.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a community with professionals willing to give their time and skills to bring forward our design and planning application supporting materials for reduced rates or pro-bono. This has allowed us to bring forward a fully-professional scheme for much less than the market rate. For their involvement we thank Format Engineers as our designers, as well as the network of businesses supporting the application including LPC Trull, Nicholas Person Associates, Hillside Trees and Planning Heritage Ltd. accessed through the network and financial support of Alastair Gibson at Charlcombe Homes.
On Monday 25th February 2019 we held an AGM at the George Inn. Here are the reports presented at that meeting, along with the minutes taken.
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