15 Nov 2016

Housing and Planning

Vision for transforming historic Bristol city centre street unveiled

Views are being sought on a vision to transform one of Bristol's historic city centre streets.

Bristol City Council has mapped out its strategy and opportunities for improving Trenchard Street, which links Park Street with the Colston Hall and the Christmas Steps.

The improvements outlined in the Trenchard Street Public Realm Strategy are aimed at creating a better connected city centre which is more welcoming and easier to understand and get around. Some of the proposals include upgrades to the crossing between Trenchard Street car park and the Colston Hall, closing the street to traffic at the junction of Denmark Avenue/Frogmore Street to reduce pedestrian and vehicle conflict.

The strategy also identifies opportunities to improve the traffic management around Trenchard Street and Frogmore Street to increase safety whilst enhancing the setting of historic buildings such as The Hatchet Inn.

Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place at Bristol City Council, said:

“We really want residents, businesses and visitors to help us think about improving Trenchard Street. The street and surrounding area are set in one of the most historic parts of the city but we just don't make the most if it, while it is difficult to navigate with busy traffic and the current layout. We are confident we can improve the overall experience for everyone - pedestrians, cyclists and traffic using the street and the car park. 
“Trenchard Street is surrounded by important venues, and connecting streets so we really want to enhance walking routes to and through the centre. We also have to think about the best options for traffic in order to keeping it flowing through the city in a safer way for everyone. The appearance of the whole area is vital too and I hope will help attract further investment in the area.
“We want to hear your views, so please take the opportunity to have a look and then feedback on these suggestions to help us improve this sometimes overlooked part of the city centre.”

The Trenchard Street Public Realm Strategy is designed to inform investment in the area. The document has been produced following workshops with members of the public.

The strategy is not a formal planning policy but puts forward some of the options which could be paid for in part by the planning contribution Bristol City Council received following the redevelopment of the ice rink in Trenchard Street. The new student accommodation has now been completed.

To read more about the strategy, go to the council’s consultation website https://bristol.citizenspace.com/place/trenchard-street-public-realm-strategy/ and submit your comments by 2 December 2016.