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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Could a tourist tax fix Bath's dire public realm?


The Public Realm and Movement Strategy was created at considerable expense to improve the quality of environmental design and management, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, on city centre streets.
This strategy was generally well received and made a promising start but seems to have run out of money and political support.
In consequence, our city centre still fails to meet standards which are commonplace among European peer cities and well short of what one would expect from one of the few cities in the world to have been awarded World Heritage Status.
Why has this been allowed to happen?
What is the Council proposing to do to stop further deterioration? Is the plan to simply hope that developers and the BID's piecemeal efforts will fill the gap. 

We are calling on BANES to develop a proper strategy and fund it by the sort of tourist tax which is becoming standard in most of the major destination cities of Europe.

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