National Trust welcomes withdrawal of Park and Ride

View over Bath from Solsbury Hill, Bath Skyline. (c) NTI- Dawn Biggs

The announcement that the Park and Ride scheme to the east of Bath will not proceed has been welcomed by the National Trust which cares for land overlooking the proposed sites.

Previously the Trust had said the proposal for a large Park and Ride scheme would cause significant harm to Bathampton Meadows and the landscape, including to the views from nearby Solsbury Hill.

Tom Boden, Bath General Manager for the National Trust said: ‘The National Trust welcomes the announcement that the Park and Ride scheme on Bathampton Meadows will not proceed. The scale of development set out in the proposals would have had a significant impact on the landscape setting of the city, and would have forever changed the wonderful views from Solsbury Hill, part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

‘Any solutions to the city’s traffic and environment problems should recognise the sensitive environment at the edge of the World Heritage Site and we hope the council will now take steps secure the long-term protection of Bathampton Meadows.’

The National Trust cares for Solsbury Hill – made famous in Pater Gabriel’s hit song in 1980 – as well as land on the Bath Skyline and Prior Park close to the city centre.

The green spaces on the east of the city include the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Bristol and Bath green belt and the City of Bath world heritage site.

 

 

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