The future of the Entry Hill Golf Course site - proposed Mountain Bike park

As you might have heard, after an open tender process, BANES have selected a Bristol-based business called Pedal Progression, as their preferred bidder to operate the Entry Hill Golf Course site as a Mountain Bike park.  Negotiation is underway between BANES and Pedal Progession on the details of a contract for the development and operation of the Bath Bike Park. 

We’ve spent many hours since the preferred bidder was announced, working to better understand the Mountain Bike project and asking many of the questions you might expect about this proposal. There is a link to a 'question and answer' section at the bottom of this page - this sets out some of the facts that we’ve gathered through discussions with BANES, with Pedal Progression Ltd and with others.   We’ll add to these as we find out more, so please check back from time to time for the latest information.  We are trying to create a resource of factual information here, reporting what we know as clearly as possible. 

The EHCA committee have always been open minded and prepared to work with any operator who could deliver a leisure facility with a good, sustainable business plan that can provide good value to the local community and deliver against the basic ‘red lines’ we know the community would expect any project to meet.

 

    Red lines for the Entry Hill site

 

  • Supporting Entry Hill Liveable Neighbourhood principles, making a positive contribution to the quality of life

  • No increase in traffic levels or parking on Entry Hill and adjacent roads

  • Safe, open access to the site for exercise and recreation and investment in a café as a community hub

  • Preservation of the existing wildlife populations on the site; and improving biodiversity.

  • Proper regard for safety issues arising from contamination on site; as well as adequate site security to ensure safety and comfort for neighbouring homes

  • Comprehensive engagement with the community and co-design of the site proposals

Building on our understanding of the project; and feedback from many local residents, we've expanded these 'red lines' into a more detailed set of principles, which we have sent to BANES officers and members, including the Planning Authority and to others, including Wera Hobhouse MP.  Click on the link below to see the full document. We are hoping that our residents will get behind these principles and join with us in putting pressure on BANES to make sure that the community value of the proposed Bike Park is maximised; and negative impacts are minimised.

 

NB If you have any problems opening this link, email us and we'll send a copy of the document to you directly by email.  Please pass information on to friends and neighbours who are not using digital communications. 

Entry Hill Community Association

Principles for Maximising the Local Community Value of the Bath Bike Park

If you have specific questions, please feel free to email us at and we’ll try to answer entryhill.ca@gmail.com

 

Alternatively, you can email the BANES officers, your local councillors or Pedal Progression directly.  Here are some useful contact details:

Local councillor for Entry Hill area:  Winston Duguid winston_duguid@bathnes.gov.uk

BANES officers working on the project:

Martin Pellow  Martin_Pellow@bathnes.gov.uk

Marc Higgins  Marc_Higgins@bathnes.gov.uk

BIke Park operator: Pedal Progression bathbikepark@pedalprogression.com