Cotham Hill Permanent Scheme Consultation

Closed 30 Nov 2021

Opened 25 Oct 2021

Feedback updated 16 Feb 2022

We asked

Between 25 October and 30 November 2021 Bristol City Council asked residents, businesses, and anyone else who enjoys Cotham Hill to comment on three possible permanent schemes. The council developed three designs for a permanent scheme, using feedback received from previous surveys: 

Option A - continues with the closure on Cotham Hill for vehicles between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Park and Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road and retains private access at number 38. A series of one-ways have been proposed that retain access for residents, businesses and visitors whilst reducing traffic speeds, through traffic and vehicles meeting head on. A ‘school street’ has also been proposed adjacent to St Peters and Paul Primary School. The cycle lane on Cotham Hill between West Park and Hampton Road will be upgraded by installing bollards to separate people cycling from traffic.

Option B – continues with the closure on Cotham Hill for vehicles between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton park and Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road and retains private access at number 38. A series of one-ways have been proposed that retain access for residents, businesses and visitors whilst reducing traffic speeds, through traffic and vehicles meeting head on but this does not include West Park.  A ‘school street’ has also been proposed adjacent to St Peters and Paul Primary School. The cycle lane on Cotham Hill between West Park and Hampton Road will be upgraded by installing bollards to separate people cycling from traffic.

 

Option C – removes the current scheme and changes Cotham hill into a one way street for motorised vehicles, allowing traffic to travel from Whiteladies Road to Cotham Road. By taking out a traffic lane and by removing the existing parking between Whiteladies Gate and Abbotsford Road the footways can be widened and enable space for cycling in both directions. In this design there is no pedestrianised area and space on the high street to carry out trading for businesses is reduced. Reallocation of further road space to create additional space for pedestrians is not possible due to the constraints.  A ‘school street’ has also been proposed adjacent to St Peters and Paul Primary School. The cycle lane on Cotham Hill between West Park and Hampton Road will be upgraded by installing bollards to separate people cycling from traffic.

How we engaged

To ensure the survey reached as wide an audience as possible the team did the following:

  • Paper copies of the survey with a language template covering 12 languages were created along with a free post envelope
  • Posters were put up in the local area to raise awareness of the survey
  • Online survey was compatible with word reader software
  • Local stakeholders and community groups were asked to help raise awareness of the survey
  • Promoted the survey via online social media platforms which appeal to different age ranges
  • Officers conducted two ‘town hall’ virtual meetings with local businesses, stakeholders, and residents to present the three possible schemes and hear feedback

You said

A total of 1527 completed responses to the survey have been captured using the online Smart Survey platform over the consultation period. Of the responses the headline findings are:

  • Over 60% were from residents
  • Over 14% live on Cotham Hill or within 100 yards and nearly 65% live within one mile
  • 80% walk and 40% cycle on Cotham Hill
  • 63% selected Option A, 27% selected Option B and 5% selected Option C and 5% supported no option or didn’t know
  • 37% wanted a bike hangar on their street and put forward 240 road names. Hampton Park, Cotham Hill, Aberdeen Road and Hampton Road were the top 4

59% would like to see street artwork on the carriageway included in the preferred option

We did

We have reviewed the feedback to the survey along with views from local stakeholders, ward members and community groups.

As the results show overwhelming support for Option A, we will progress this scheme to the detailed design stage, with some additions and changes in response to the consultation feedback.

We are now seeking formal approval to deliver the scheme, which is subject to the detailed design work and whether funding is available, and will publish an officer executive decision in the coming months.

Further statutory consultations on aspects of the scheme will take place towards the end of 2022 as part of the legal process for traffic regulation orders.

The full consultation report is available here. 

Overview

We are asking residents, businesses and anyone who enjoys Cotham Hill to comment on three possible permanent schemes.

Over the summer, the council provided more space for walking and cycling on our streets to support social distancing during COVID-19. This included installing two temporary road closures on Cotham Hill. Two parts of the road have been closed to motorised traffic – between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Lane; and between Hampton Park and part of the street towards Abbotsford Road.

We have been flexible with our approach and we have been listening to suggestions from local people for improvements to support high streets and help people get around safely both during the pandemic and in the long-term.

Building on feedback from the current temporary scheme we now have three possible permanent schemes that we would like your views on.

Areas

  • Cotham

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Business

Interests

  • Traffic and transportation