Cotham Hill Engagement Survey

Closed 17 Jan 2021

Opened 7 Dec 2020

Feedback updated 22 Apr 2021

We asked

The engagement on Cotham Hill was open for six weeks from Monday 9 November 2020 to Sunday 17 January 2021. People were asked about their street environment, what they liked about the street, what they would improve and what would they prioritise. The survey captured views from residents, businesses and anyone who uses the street to help build a picture of what people would like to see improved in the street environment and provide feedback on their own experiences.

Individual responses were received via the online survey and, to ensure the survey reached as wide an audience as possible in a multi-cultural ward, paper copies with a language template covering 12 languages were posted along with a free post envelope to 3348 local properties. 25 posters were put up in the local area to raise awareness of the survey. Local stakeholders and community groups were also asked to help raise awareness of the survey and it was promoted via social media platforms. Due to Covid19 restrictions preventing face to face engagement, the team offered virtual chats and phone appointments to anyone who didn’t want to submit a written response but wanted to ask questions and provide feedback.

You said

From this survey we received 2632 responses to the engagement, which were made up of 2075 online and 557 paper copies. Of the responses received 60% are residents who live within one mile and over 80% walk to the road with over 65% visiting the street over 3 to 4 times a week.

Around 90% of respondents like Cotham Hill due to the “local high street economy” and “personality and character of the street”. Over 60% felt it was a “place for meeting friends and family” and over 70% like “supporting local jobs”. Over 85% of respondents think “pavements are too narrow” is a serious and moderate problem. Over 80% of respondents “have wider pavements” as an essential and high priority for the street.

The main themes that came through the free text boxes were support for pedestrianisation, outdoor seating space and wider pavements.

We did

The feedback from this survey along with the engagement with local businesses, community groups and local stakeholders has been used to help produce a road layout design for two temporary road closures on Cotham Hill. This will be implemented on Sunday 11 April 2021 to allow several hospitality businesses to trade outside with COVID-19 restrictions changing to permit outdoor hospitality service the following day. It will also improve journeys for pedestrians and cyclists. Whilst this is an urgent measure to support business we are working on a more permanent scheme which will be subject to further engagement with the community. This will take a look at a more holistic approach at the area and could incorporate changes to the wider area.
More information about what we engaged on and the results are available in either the summary report or the full report.


We are asking businesses, residents and anyone who enjoys Cotham Hill to make suggestions on how to make walking and cycling easier and how to improve the general street environment.

You can take part by following the link at the bottom of this page. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the team are currently unable to carry out face to face engagement. However we are offering phone appointments and virtual chats to anyone who wishes to discuss anything in more detail. If you wish to organise either of these please contact us using the details below and a team member will organise a mutually convenient time to have a chat.

The following survey works with word reader software. However if you have a comment, question or you would like this information in another format such as a different language, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom or plain text please contact us:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0117 903 6449 and leave a message on the answerphone.
  • Write to: Cotham Hill, Transport Engagement Team, PO BOX 3399, 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 9NE


  • Cotham


  • All residents
  • Business
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Traffic and transportation