Letter: Bristol highway scheme needs proper assessment

Congratulations on such a great picture and key facts re Bristol City Council's crass consultation on three highway schemes for the so called Western Harbour.

This is the Cumberland Basin, Hotwells. The local community, of which I am a member, are up in arms at the consultation with only three of some ten options released, one of which we understand would be a much cheaper repair scheme than the one out for consultation. There has been no proper master-planning which would test the options and their viability.

Today water has topped the harbour office island, has flooded the land at the entrance to the harbour, and that’s with all the lock gates open. This happens several times a year when high tides and significant rainfall coincide.

How can the city council consider bringing forward a road scheme without the full range of issues properly presented? These should include environmental impact assessment, strategic and local traffic modelling including a significant modal shift, air quality and noise assessments, impact on this historic place, community resource planning and assessment of impact of loss of local business. This project has really got off on the wrong foot.

With care, with proper master-planning and with community consensus building I believe we could help shape long overdue investment and improvements in this much loved part of Bristol.

We need to cherish the old maritime infrastructure, treasure the historic buildings and create a new urbanism around the CREATE Centre and the old tobacco bonds and space created when the surplus roads are removed and then more people can come here and enjoy this great place either living, working or visiting, all of which are equally important.

Sandra Fryer
Director Sustainable Works
Hotwells
Bristol


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