Tag Archives: River Avon

St Anne’s Footbridge to be Closed

The footbridge from Crews Hole to St Anne’s over the River Avon is to be closed for 12 weeks for deck replacement works.


2015_0523_180311Update 26th May

The closure of the bridge will start on Tuesday 2nd June.
The river path to Netham on the Crews Hole side of the river has now been reopened following repairs the collapsing wall which closed the path for 17 months.


20150416_125047The extent of the work required was confirmed following investigations of the deck construction – the holes made as part of the investigation are currently covered by the yellow plates shown in this photo.

20150416_125127As described by the plaque on the bridge (click photo to enlarge) it was constructed in 1957 to replace St Anne’s ferry. The steel work was manufactured by Lysaght’s who had a large works nearby between Feeder Road and Netham Weir, shown here on the Barton Hill History Group website.

Bridge construction 1957 (George Elliott collection)

Bridge construction 1957 (George Elliott collection)

The bridge was floated up the river from the works and supported on barges as it was installed. As well as pedestrians the bridge originally carried pipes taking oil from storage tanks located where Riversway Nursing Home now stands.

While the bridge is closed anyone wishing to cross the river will be able to walk along the riverside path to Netham Lock to cross the lock and the river before returning on the opposite bank. Alternatively you can follow the roads round.

River Avon Path – Work Begins

20150413_123606Part of the River Avon Path through Crews Hole has been closed to pedestrians and cyclists since the end of 2013 due to a collapsing wall.

Work has started today (13th April 2015) on repairs to the wall and if the works go to plan the path should be open by the end of June (and possibly earlier).


Update 27 May
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The path is now open. Work to repair the wall is complete and the path has been cleared of bramble.

St Anne’s footbridge needs to be closed for 12 weeks for deck repairs, this will start on Tuesday 2nd June.



The collapsing wall is owned by the owner of the industrial estate not Bowland Stone or the Council and it is the landowner who is organising the work having agreed the method of construction and design with Council engineers.

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.

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Previous Updates:
Original Posting – January 2014
Update 1 – February 2014
Update 2 – March 2014
Update 3 – June/August 2014
Update 4 – December 2014 / March 2015

River Avon Path Update 4

2014_0601_111409It is now almost 12 months since the River Avon Path through Crews Hole was closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

Unfortunately we still have no date for its reopening.


Update 25 March 2015:

Following the initial clearance work last month, we have now been told that the contractor will start work rebuilding the wall before the end of April. If the works go to plan the path should be open by the end of June at the latest.

Work started 13th April


The latest we have heard from the Council is that:

‘The land owner has agreed to carry out repair work to the wall but has yet to provide timescales. His latest correspondence indicated that the potential contractor has yet to be appointed’.

The wall is owned by the owner of the industrial estate not Bowland Stone or the Council.

This issue was raised in the second part of a statement by Councillor Fabian Breckels to today’s Council meeting (16th December).

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.

PathClosedMap

Previous Updates:
Original Posting – January 2014
Update 1 – February 2014
Update 2 – March 2014
Update 3 – June/August 2014

Avon Promenade

The Avon Promenade will be “an attractive, continuous walking and cycling route that extends from Keynsham to Hotwells which is free from traffic and follows some of the popular waterways of Bristol”.

This route will include the River Avon path through Crews Hole and the increased cycle use that is expected was one of the reasons for the recent proposals to make Conham Road one-way. As reported here the Council are now reviewing the options for this section of road.

The different sections of the route have different sources of funding with Bristol City Council; Bath & North East Somerset Council; South Gloucestershire Council; the Local Enterprise Partnership; Temple Meads Enterprize Zone and Travel West all being involved. Below is a summary and links to information about the progress in providing the route.

Bristol City Centre

Clarence Rd picFunding for much of the route from Temple Meads to Hotwells is from the government’s Cycle City Ambition Grant. Details of Bristol’s successful bid can be seen here.

Work on the section of the route along Clarence Road starts on Monday 10th March and details can be seen in this press release.

Temple Meads to Conham

This section of the route is being funded as part of the improved transport links to the Temple Quarter Enterprize Zone.

Approval to spend £20.85 million for transport infrastructure around the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is being sought at Bristol City Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 4th March. There is a press release about the proposals here and more details can be seen in the Cabinet Report (pdf).

This report gives the forecast spending as £850,000 for Feeder Road; £200,000 for Conham Road and £280,000 for Conham Towpath out of the total budget of £20,850,000. The aims of the project are stated to be:
• Facilitate the creation of new jobs within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
• Encourage mode shift from the private car to walking, cycling and public transport.


Update: This funding was approved by Cabinet on 4th March. Note the design for implementing the route along Conham Road is not yet finalised, the Council is currently considering all options. Cllr Steve Pearce submitted a statement to the Cabinet meeting which can be seen here.


Conham to Hanham Mills

The work to this section of the route is being managed by South Gloucestershire Council. Work has started at the Hanham Mills end and planning applications are being progressed for parts of the work. This section is refered to as the Keynsham Greenways Project.

Keynsham

SomerdaleThe final link in the route is a new bridge over the River Avon which will be provided as part of the redevelopment of the Somerdale Chocolate Factory site in Keynsham which was granted planning permission last year. The bridge will be funded as part of the financial contributions to Bath & North East Somerset Council by the developer (known as a S106). The location of the proposed bridge can be seen on this plan which was submitted as part of the planning application. The final legal agreements for this development have now been signed off as reported in ‘The Week In’.

River Avon Path

2014-01-05PathBarrierA section of the River Avon path in Crews Hole from the footbridge to Netham Lock (behind Bowland Stone) has been closed due to the risk of falling masonry from a wall above the path.


Latest Update – December 2014


Bristol City council were alerted to the condition of the wall on Christmas Eve and immediately put barriers in place to close the path. More substantial fencing and improved signs will be installed on Tuesday 11th January.

A meeting has been arranged between the Council, the land owners and a structural engineer to examine the wall and agree a plan of action to make the wall safe and reopen the path. Following that meeting we will have a better idea as to how long the closure will need to be in place and will update this website.

In the meantime please do not try to use this section of path. Alternative routes are available either via the road around the front of Bowland Stone or via the path on the St Anne’s side of the river by crossing the footbridge (see map below).

If you are driving through Crews Hole please be aware that there are likely to be extra cyclists using the road past Bowland Stone while the closure is in place.

The remainder of the path from the footbridge towards Conham is unaffected and remains open, though over the Christmas period parts of this have been impassable from time to time due to flooding from the river. Please do not use this path if it is flooded.

The Harbour Office have asked us to pass on their apologies for any inconvenience caused by the closure and have assured us that they are working to get the path open as soon as possible.
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Extra Meeting

St George Neighbourhood Partnership

Public Meeting

To discuss the Crews Hole Road / Beaufort Rd traffic schemes

Date: Wednesday November 6th 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: Woodwise Academy, Crews Hole Rd BS5 8BB

A chance to view the proposed changes, listen to the reasons behind the proposals and give your views and suggestions.

For more information contact:
Abdulrazak Dahir, Area Co-Ordinator – Tel: 903 6409 e-mail: abdulrazak.dahir@bristol.gov.uk

If you are unable to come to this meeting, you can come to view and discuss this scheme at the Traffic and Transport sub-group meeting on Tuesday 26th November 7pm at the Beehive Centre, 19a Stretford Rd, St George BS5 7AW

River Avon Trail flooded (section by river in Crews Hole) – Sunday 25/11/2012 & Monday 26/11/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take care using the River Avon Trail.  This is the cycle/footpath that runs along the river from Conham Rd, through Crews Hole to Netham Lock.  Sections of it were flooded and IMPASSABLE this afternoon.

Investing in Green Spaces in St George

The Environment Sub-Group is making recommendations to the meeting of the Neighbourhood Partnership next week for the allocation of Section 106 money to improve parks in St George. We are asking for money to be allocated to St George Park and the River Avon Trail. This follows requests to the last meeting for money for Rodney Road Playing Field and at Meg Thatchers which were approved.

You can see the proposals via the links below:
–   Report to 11th September 2012 meeting
–   Report to 26th June 2012 meeting

The allocation of money is based on the St George Green Space Investment Plan as adopted by the Partnership at its meeting on 6th December 2011.

More information on how the plan evolved can be seen here.

Section 106 is money that developers pay to off-set the impact of their development on local people. There is around £200,000 available to invest in St George.

It is important that decisions on investment are made by people who live near and use the green spaces in St George. If you would like to get involved and help decide how money should be invested in your green space please come to one of the sub-group meetings, the dates are listed at www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings