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Many people support measures to promote road safety and improve air quality, but the inadequate consultations around the introduction of LTNs, RPZs, and 20mph zones were not widely supported. Residents weren’t convinced that the schemes are a suitable solution to the city’s problems. Bath already has plenty of amenities for cycling and walking.
These new schemes will create more congestion on main routes resulting in reduced road safety while increasing pollution levels for those living and working in areas on the boundaries of LTNs. Close-knit communities are now being divided by barriers and planters which will also hinder and delay emergency and other essential services. Elderly residents and people with disabilities will struggle to engage in daily life and the restrictions on travel will cause social isolation.
Under the schemes, businesses will be burdened with stress and face losing livelihoods as customer parking and delivery of goods becomes impossible. Some residents will no longer be able to receive visitors or care workers into their own homes without careful planning, which will surely impact mental health and create isolation and depression.
Many Bath residents feel that Bath can promote a more ecological approach to living without introducing such Draconian measures that won’t deliver but will prohibit the people of Bath from moving freely without risk of fines and punishment.
(1) the immediate halt to the rollout of all LTNs in Bath
(2) an immediate review of the quality of the previous consultations; followed by
(3) a well-publicised, lengthy, and transparent public consultation involving ALL Bath residents and not just those within the immediate vicinity of the proposed measures or access to the Internet.
SaveBath are a group of local residents and business owners concerned about BANES introducing so-called ‘Livable Neighbourhood’ policies by stealth, rather than conducting open, fair and transparent public consultations.
Campaigning in association with Together’s UK-wide Free Our Streets campaign.
Cabinet Member for Transport, Local Councillor MANDA RIGBY.
Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, Local Councillor SARAH WARREN.