Traders welcome Cotham Hill closure
Cotham Hill closed to through traffic on April 12, allowing hospitality venues to reopen using outdoor seating areas.
It’s a move that’s been welcomed by traders, finally able to open to customers once more. Many of the hospitality businesses on Cotham Hill have small indoor premises, so need to use the pavement and road to provide outdoor seating for customers, and keep their businesses going.
Two parts of the road have closed to through traffic - the section between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Lane and between Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road. Access is still permitted for cyclists and pedestrians.
“If this didn’t happen we might not be here,” says Louis Lewis-Smith, owner of Crying Wolf cocktail bar, which is constructing a terrace for customers to sit at outside the premises. Louis was expecting to open by late April and has worked with neighbouring Pasta Loco to deliver an aesthetically designed terrace that works well for both businesses.
Louis says: “We want to make Cotham Hill look beautiful so that it feels like a lovely place to be. The scheme is a really wonderful thing for the area. I love the feeling of the street and all the little shops and bars and am really proud to be part of this scheme.”
The staff of long-time Cotham Hill establishment, Jon Hurst Hairdressing, have noticed a difference to the atmosphere on the road since the scheme began. Claire Hurst says: “There was always lots of double-parking and noise from traffic roaring by.
“We are very supportive of the scheme and really enjoying it. It’s created a real buzz in the area and we hope it will attract more businesses to the street. We hope that it becomes permanent.”