‘Sound future’ for Clevedon after calls for car-free zone and cycle hub

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2018

Clevedon Triangle and Clock Tower.

Clevedon Triangle and Clock Tower.

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Clevedon has a ‘sound future’ after a brilliant community turnout to a meeting of the Business Improvement District (BID).

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A pontoon, cycle hub and greener transportation were just some of the ideas and issues raised at a meeting of Clevedon BID on November 27. Nearly 60 people packed into Clevedon Hall to hear what improvements can be made to the town centre.

A BID spokesman said they were ‘delighted’ with the response from the community groups.

They added: “Only with the collaboration between us all can we hope to ensure the future of our centres and high streets – based on this level of engagement, Clevedon has a sound future.”

Various proposals were suggested, including the installation of a pontoon which was raised by Clevedon Sailing Club.

It came after concerns about tidal range meant it was difficult to moor and launch boats into the sea. It was suggested a feasibility study be carried out to see if a pontoon could be installed.

Another consideration was to introduce more environmentally-friendly modes of transport in the centre.

The Clevedon to Weston Cycle Route project and the Strawberry Line group are looking at extending the two paths into Clevedon but there were strong feelings in the meeting for a car-free town.

One of the main focuses for the BID steering group is to improve its marketing campaign and create social medias – fitting in with the strategic themes of BID.

The spokesman added: “The BID is looking into setting up a strong social media presence to attract both locals and tourists to the town centre, Hill Road shopping area and seafront.

“As part of this and to directly serve two of our priorities, to create a calendar of events and working together, we will investigate an online forum which helps community groups work together.”

YMCA’s Ashlee Carter raised concerns about young people in the area and how the BID can reach out to disengaged young people and support outreach youth workers.

The meeting also discussed ways of maximising the Salthouse Fields space with a Clevedon App suggested and an activity hub.

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