Should Cotham Hill traffic ban stay? Have your say

November 19 2021

Should Cotham Hill traffic  ban stay? Have your say

Plans to make increased pedestrian access and business space available on Cotham Hill permanent are being put before Bristol’s residents and traders for their views over the next month.
Local people and businesses are invited to offer their opinions on the proposals as part of the Cotham Hill Permanent Scheme Consultation, which would see changes that were brought in on a temporary basis in April remain in place. The consultation runs between October 25 and Tuesday 30 November.
Expansion onto the pavements has benefited many traders but some businesses and residents are less keen on the traffic free measures.
Initial engagement with citizens and businesses on Cotham Hill by Bristol City Council last November revealed that providing more space for pedestrians and outdoor traders was a high priority for those living and working in the area.
As a result, a temporary road closure to through traffic between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Lane, and between Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road on Cotham Hill was introduced in April. This is just one of a number of roads in the city under review in a bid to create more liveable neighbourhoods free from traffic and congestion, minimise rat running and maximise community enjoyment of busy high streets.
As well as improved pedestrian access, Cotham Hill has also benefited from increased space for businesses and residents for loading and deliveries, as well as giving hospitality businesses the opportunity to provide outdoor seating and preventing the road from being used as a through route.
The consultation asks for views on different options, including some that will make the road closures permanent, keep shared space for people walking and cycling in the middle, and provide space for businesses to continue trading outdoors on both sides of the road.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Since last summer we have delivered a package of transport upgrades to make it easier for the people of Bristol to get around and created more space for pedestrians and cyclists. I am pleased that we have done the same for Cotham Hill.
“When we engaged with residents and local traders earlier this year, they made it clear that they saw the temporary road closure as a priority. Since the road closure in April residents have had more access to walking and cycling, and local hospitality businesses have benefited from outdoor trading.
“We now want to engage with the community on plans for making this scheme permanent.  Our aim is to deliver more liveable neighbourhoods right across the city that are free from traffic congestion and pollution.”
Local trader Dan Williams, owner of Coffee and Beer, said: “This road closure has allowed us to open and trade since April using outdoor space.
" The scheme is helping to cement Cotham Hill as an independent, destination high street where people now have access to more space for a stroll, or to browse and support the variety of great businesses in a cleaner environment.’’
Bravas owners Kieran and Imogen Waite said: “The road closure helps address local concerns about safety and speeding traffic.
"As this has been a successful trial, we encourage local traders and residents to take part in the survey to help turn this scheme into a more permanent solution for local businesses, residents and the road.”
For more information on this scheme and to take part in the survey visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/cothamhill