Basin life rings

On 9 August divers found the body of a 17 year old who drowned in Bristol harbour. There was concern that life rings may not have been serviceable. It is good to note that Harbour Master staff visit Bathurst Basin weekly and check that life rings and ropes are visible, properly secured and in good order.

Do you know where they are located? Next time you walk about the Basin, do look for them in case one day you can help some one in distress.

Lower Guinea Street work

City & Country (C&C) have advised residents recently that they were unable to complete the steps leading down to Lower Guinea Street from the landscaped podium, as the section of Lower Guinea Street that the stairs discharge onto is a Bristol City Council adoptable footpath/highway.

As an adopted footpath/highway the details of the works required in this area were submitted to the City Council’s Highways Department for formal approval in December 2017. Read more “Lower Guinea Street work”

Railway cutting proposal

Friends of Bathurst Basin are very concerned about proposals to build a block of flats in the railway cutting alongside Guinea Street. It will destroy the view of an historical feature – the railway tunnel opening that linked Temple Meads station with Bristol harbourside. And the current proposal is simply too dominant. Barossa Place, Jubilee Place and parts of the General will be seriously affected.

More information on our Campaigns page.

Ebenhaezer move: update July

Link to press articleThe Bristol Cabinet Committee met on 2nd July and a report to the Cabinet  (available online, Agenda Item 22) states that:

‘The Council has been in negotiation with the [Ebenhaezer] boat owner for some years to reach an agreement on relocation but it has not been possible to achieve this until now. The owner has now offered to sell the vessel and relinquish the mooring licence. This is the quickest way to resolve the situation and enable the development to proceed. The Council would then proceed to sell the boat as expeditiously as possible in order to recover costs.’ 

FOBB intends to speak to Councillors Paul Smith and Kye Dudd  and others to obtain further clarification.

Rubbish in the Basin

We are in touch with the Harbour Master about the large amount of rubbish that often accumulates in Bathurst Basin. Our image (right) was taken on the evening of 3rd July. 

Cleaning up the large volume of rubbish in the harbour is a challenging task. Bathurst Basin seems to be more prone to the accumulation of rubbish and may need more regular attention by the Harbour authorities. 

New street signs installed

The Council has installed new street signs in Lower Guinea Street with commendable speed. Thanks to Joe Downes (from the Council’s Transport Asset Management department) for such a quick response.