River­side given new lease of life with work­boat cash

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Work to re­gen­er­ate Bath’s river­side has been given a £28,000 boost to help fund a com­mu­nity work­boat. The Canal and River Trust has been granted the money from Bath City Fo­rum for the boat which has been put to good use by vol­un­teers. Vol­un­teer teams have been out in it mend­ing grab-lines and river safety equip­ment, col­lect­ing 30 bags of rub­bish dur­ing a vol­un­teer lit­ter pick and by turn­ing the boat into a ‘float­ing for­est’ for the For­est of Imag­i­na­tion Fes­ti­val. The money granted from the fo­rum was al­lo­cated to the project from the neigh­bour­hood por­tion of the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Levy. Coun­cil­lor Bob Good­man, cab­i­net mem­ber for de­vel­op­ment and neigh­bour­hoods, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of peo­ple work­ing to­gether to ben­e­fit their com­mu­ni­ties. “The Bath work­boat will act as a mo­bile base; its re­fur­bish­ment will en­sure it serves its pur­pose well into the fu­ture. “The re­gen­er­a­tion of the wa­ter­way through our World Her­itage city will even­tu­ally pro­vide new leisure and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­ple­ment new de­vel­op­ment. The main­te­nance car­ried out by the vol­un­teers along this stretch of the wa­ter­way means lo­cal peo­ple will be able to make the most of this won­der­ful nat­u­ral re­source and en­joy all it has to of­fer safely.” Coun­cil­lor Colin Black­burn, chair of Bath City Fo­rum, said: “Over the next 20 years the num­ber of new homes and of­fices planned along the river cor­ri­dor en­ter­prise zone will in­crease pres­sure on the wa­ter­way and its sur­rounds. “The Bath com­mu­nity work­boat will pro­vide in­valu­able sup­port in manag­ing the area which is un­der­go­ing ex­cit­ing and vi­tal en­vi­ron­men­tal re­gen­er­a­tion. “It will bring to­gether the work of many or­gan­i­sa­tions and vol­un­tary groups who have a com­mon aim of im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and safety of the wa­ter­way.” This project forms part of the Waterspace Bath project to re­vi­talise the city’s wa­ter­ways. Waterspace Bath re­cently re­ceived na­tional recog­ni­tion,with a run­nerup award in the 2018 Liv­ing Wa­ter­ways UK Awards.

Vol­un­teers at work aboard the com­mu­nity work­boat

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