Covid19 Social Distancing Scheme

Updates re: meetings regarding the trial Social Distancing Scheme in Bradford on Avon

This page outlines the meetings, decisions and actions that have taken place in relation to the COVID-19 Social Distancing Scheme that has been put in place in Bradford on Avon. 

The scheme was designed and implemented in August 2020, following requests from Councillors and the wider community, and announcements of changes in traffic regulations to support schemes to allow pedestrians to practice social distancing in town centres.   

The decision-making bodies in relation to this scheme have been: 

Wiltshire Council  

As the Highways Authority, Wiltshire Council have undertaken design and specification work, prepared relevant Road Traffic Orders, and advised Town and Wiltshire Councillors on technical aspects of the scheme.

Wiltshire Council officers also costed and planned the scheme with their contractor, Ringway, and are responsible for implementation of the scheme. 

Bradford on Avon Town Council

Town Councillors worked with members of the community to request measures to promote social distancing in the town.  Following notice that neither the Department for Transport funding, nor Wiltshire Council would fund a social distancing scheme for pedestrians in the town, the Town Council agreed to fund the scheme.

Town Councillors and Council Officers continue to meet regularly with Wiltshire Council to review the scheme and request full rollout of key aspects, including air quality and traffic volume/speed monitoring. 

If you would like to give feedback regarding the to Wiltshire Council, whether positive or negative, please email: integrated.transport@wiltshire.gov.uk

Details of updates and meetings re: Social Distancing Scheme can be viewed below:
Date
Meeting/Communication
Agreed actions for Highways
Actual
Follow up actions
Date

6th October

Meeting/Communication
Meeting between Cllr Sarah Gibson and Wiltshire Council Highways (Dave Thomas)
Agreed actions for Highways
Additional signage on Town Bridge, and white lines extended across carriageway to highlight the informal crossing point on the north end.  New Road discussed – Pedestrian crossing point rejected at this stage due to there being no budget for it. Air Quality monitoring equipment has now been ordered by Wiltshire Council, at cost of £7,000.
Actual
Awaiting date on white-lining on bridge and deployment of signage by Wiltshire Council.
Date

22nd September

Meeting/Communication

Deployment of further elements by Wiltshire Council following site visit with TC (Cllrs Gibson and McNeill-Ritchie representing)

Agreed actions for Highways

Bollards deployed to additional parts of Silver Street.

Road lining at top of Mill Lane to improve sight lines.

Actual

Works unable to be completed due to inclement weather and impact on resins and paint to be used by contractor.

Further information sought from Wiltshire Council on deployment of crossing and status or remaining barriers.

Date

21st September

Meeting/Communication

Town Council internal Communications meeting

Agreed actions for Highways

Agreed that Town Council deploy further Pedestrian social distancing and mask awareness signage on Town Bridge and other narrow footpaths across town

Actual

Signs  designed & ordered from supplier

Date

18th September

Meeting/Communication

Meeting with Michelle Donelan, MP.

Town Cllrs Newton, McNeill-Ritchie,  Garwood,  Kay,  Roberts and Gibson

No Wiltshire Cabinet Member or Officer attended

Agreed actions for Highways

Update from Cllr Weyman (who did not attend) confirm no change on status of AQ monitoring, partial deployment of barriers and crossing on North end of bridge.

Requests made by Councillors for;

enhanced protections for New Rd; Deployment of cameras and Air Quality monitoring equipment; Replacement of all barriers with stipulated black & white barriers
Actual
Date

14th September

Meeting/Communication

Email from Wiltshire Council Officer  to Cllr Sarah Gibson and Town Council officers

Agreed actions for Highways

Wiltshire Council confirms additional painted road lines to go in on week commencing 21st Sept, including uncontrolled/informal Crossing on north side of the  Town Bridge.

Actual

Road lines completed Sept 24th, following consultation with Cllrs Sarah Gibson and Simon McNeill-Ritchie.

Date

8th September

Meeting/Communication

Full Town Council Meeting

Agreed actions for Highways

Requests acknowledged from members/public and Councillors for;

enhanced protections for New Rd; Deployment of cameras and Air Quality monitoring equipment;

Replacement of all barriers with stipulated black & white barriers

Actual

No action taken to date on New Road or additional monitoring.

Barriers replaced as of 23rd September.

Date

7th September

Meeting/Communication

Wiltshire Council

Community Area Transport Group Meeting (Cllr Sarah Gibson as chair)

Wiltshire Council: Dave Thomas, Andy Cadwallader

Town Council: Cllrs Dom Newton and Sarah Gibson

Other groups and parish councils represented.

Agreed actions for Highways

Request for 20 mph speed-limit review across whole scheme;  

Request for enhanced protections for New Rd.

Actual

Not accepted by WC, as cannot be done under a Temporary Traffic Order. 

Dave Thomas reported visit to site by him with officer to review. No action taken to date. 

Date

4th September

Meeting/Communication

Meeting between 

BOA Town Cllrs Newton, McNeill-Ritchie, Kay, Lynch, Gibson, Brown and Roberts

Cllr Bridget Wayman (Wiltshire Council)

Michelle Donelan, MP.

Agreed actions for Highways

Agreed that Wiltshire Council  to provide options for pedestrian crossing on north end of Town Bridge and ‘pedestrian one-way system’; 

 

Requested that Wiltshire Council replace all remaining orange barriers throughout scheme with agreed black and white bollards to assist with aesthetic impact and business loading areas on Silver Street; 

Requested that Wiltshire Council deploy agreed air quality and additional traffic monitoring equipment; 

Agreed action required re: speeds and volume of traffic on New Road.

Actual

Initial ‘informal’ uncontrolled crossing proposed by Wiltshire Council.

 

 

 

Orange barriers largely replaced by Sept 23rd.

 

 

 

  

Not completed to date. 

 

 

No action taken to date 

Date

2nd September

Meeting/Communication

Wiltshire Council email notice to Cllr Dom Newton

Agreed actions for Highways

Draft press release for comment – of intent to remove lights on bridge, copied to TC Officers.

Actual

Cllr Dom Newton informed Cllrs McNeill-Ritchie and Gibson of email, comment drafted for Wiltshire Council press release.

Cllr Gibson discussed with Wiltshire Cllr Bridget Weyman.

Assurance sought by Town Council on measures for traffic calming now traffic speed and volumes likely to increase, including deployment of agreed monitoring equipment.. 

Date

27th August

Meeting/Communication

Meeting between:

Town Council: Cllrs Dom Newton, Sarah Gibson, Simon McNeill-Ritchie, TC Officer Ian Brown.

Wiltshire Council: Bridget Wayman

Agreed actions for Highways

Agreed for lights to remain in place as per advice from WC Highways; 

Cllr Wayman to chase funding for promised Air Quality monitoring; 

TC requests WC deploy promised barriers and monitoring as soon as possible.

Actual

Lights remain in place;  

No funding of Air Quality monitoring agreed; 

Partial replacement of of barriers with black and white bollards to commence Sept 1st. 

Date

26th August

Meeting/Communication

Meeting between:

Town Council: Cllrs Dom Newton, Sarah Gibson, Mike Roberts, TC Officer Ian Brown.

Wiltshire Council Highways team representative (DT on leave) 

Agreed actions for Highways

On advice by WC, lights on Town Bridge to remain; 

Further requests made by Town Council to:

provide options to improve timings with pedestrian lights improve deployment of barriers deploy Air Quality monitoring replace barriers with black and white bollards, as specified. 
Actual

No action by WC on synchronising timings on crossing due to the age of existing crossing and probable deployment costs.

Partial replacement of of barriers with black and white bollards to commence Sept 1st. 

Date

21st August

Meeting/Communication

Meeting between:

Town Council: Cllrs Dom Newton, Sarah Gibson, Mike Roberts, TC Officer Ian Brown.

Wiltshire Council: Dave Thomas

Agreed actions for Highways

On advice from WC Highways, unanimous agreement from Town Councillors to leave bridge lights in place for at least a week; 

Wiltshire Council to chase deployment of monitoring equipment necessary to accurately assess impact of the scheme.

Actual

Two cameras deployed to monitor traffic volumes and speed on New Road/ Springfield and the Town Bridge.

Date

19th August

Meeting/Communication

Email exchanges with Wiltshire Council Highways concerning issues with bollards, timeline for monitoring equipment.

Agreed actions for Highways

Town Council informed by Wiltshire Council that only orange barriers have been included in scheme not the agreed black and white bollards.  

Town Council requests cost details from WC to include more expensive previously stipulated bollards.  

Lights to go in with phased and partial deployment of black and white bollards. 

Actual

Wiltshire Council contractors deploy orange barriers.

Publication of formal notices on Town Council website (supplied by Wiltshire on 19th August) (News article).

Date

11th August

Meeting/Communication

Email from Wiltshire Council Highways

to Town Council Director of Operations, Ian Brown

Agreed actions for Highways

Deployment plan and timeline provided by Ringway, Wiltshire Council’s contractor, indicating full deployment over five days, commencing 17th August.

Actual

TC co-publishes information with Wiltshire Council on scheme.

(News article)

Deployment commences 17th August.

Date

5th August

Meeting/Communication

Email from Wiltshire Council Highways to Cllr Sarah Gibson 

Agreed actions for Highways

Town Council receives cycle route signage plan from Wiltshire Council  following requests from cycle groups and residents.

Actual

Partial implementation including contraflow cycle lane on Mill lane and signage.

Date

26th June

Meeting/Communication

Town Council 

Extraordinary Full Council meeting 

(All Town Councillors present except Cllr Jenny Parker who gave apologies due to illness)

(Minutes)

(News article)

Agreed actions for Highways

Unanimous decision from TC Members to adopt and fund Wiltshire Council –designed scheme up to £30,000, subject to: 

Monitoring (traffic volumes/speed and air quality);  Black and white bollards;  Ongoing review and  tweaks (based on monitoring stats) to address on-the-ground problems.
Actual

Scheme delayed due to planned Silver St Closure in mid-July – scheme cannot be deployed until mid-August. 

Date

22nd June

Meeting/Communication

Meeting between:

Town Council: Cllrs Dom Newton, Sarah Gibson, and Simon McNeill-Ritchie, TC Officer Ian Brown

Wiltshire Council: Dave Thomas and Allan Creedy 

Agreed actions for Highways

Confirmation of final proposed scheme, including air quality and traffic volume/speed monitoring,  and use of black and white bollards.  Scheme valued by Wiltshire Council at £30,000 including all aspects.

Actual

Referred to Extraordinary Town Council meeting, for urgent decision, to allow for deployment in early July (on a two-week lead for some items).

Date

21st May

Meeting/Communication

Meeting between:

Town Council: Cllrs Dom Newton, Sarah Gibson, and Simon McNeill-Ritchie, TC Officer Ian Brown

Wiltshire Council: Dave Thomas and Allan Creedy 

Agreed actions for Highways

Wiltshire Council Highways Team explained the initial proposal and confirmed that monitoring (cameras and air quality equipment included) plus the requirement for more aesthetically appropriate black and white bollards were included in the scheme. 

Actual

Scheme final design undertaken by Wiltshire Council, on the basis that proceeding would require a financial commitment from BoA Town Council as DfT and Wiltshire Council funds not available

Date

12th May

Meeting/Communication

BoA Town Council Highways and Transport Committee

(Minutes)

Agreed actions for Highways

Resolved to accept, in principle, the recommendations from Wiltshire Council Highways on the Town Bridge and Silver Street, noting additional concerns on Market Street, the importance of the aesthetic impact and need to avoid orange barriers, and the need to provide for air quality and traffic volume/speed monitoring.

Actual

Further development of the scheme and meeting with Wiltshire Council Highways Engineers D Thomas and A Creedy, to include protection for  roads such as Market St, Wine St, New Rd, Whitehill and Woolley St. 

Date

26th April

Meeting/Communication

Streets Ahead (BoA transport interest group) and Cllr Sarah Gibson (TC/WC) 

Agreed actions for Highways

Request from Cllr Sarah Gibson (TC/WC) to Cllrs Philip Whitehead (WC) and Bridget Wayman (WC) to consider partial closure of Silver Street, following announcement by UK Govt. of funding for schemes to promote social distancing. 

Actual

Request acknowledged and Highways Engineers (WC) engaged to provide technical commentary and advice.

Date

23rd March

Meeting/Communication

BOA Town Council internal meeting.

(Cllr Dom Newton, Cllr Simon McNiell-Ritchie, TC officers: Sandra Bartlett, Ian Brown)

Agreed actions for Highways

Request from Cllr Dom Newton (TC) to Parvis Kansari (WC) via Town Clerk to address social distancing across the Town Bridge and Silver Street 

Actual

Request acknowledged 3rd May.

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