Uncovering the centre

I would like to see the fountains on the centre removed and the harbour extended into the heart of the city centre. This would bring the harbour feastival further into the centre benefitting business and allow for riverside cafes etc with cycle and pedestrian bridges across. It would reduce the cost of spend on maintaining the fountains and cleaning in the city

Why the contribution is important

It is important to raising the profile of business in the city centre and reduce spend as well as meeting our cultural aspirations.

by user624158 on November 19, 2013 at 01:07PM

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Based on: 10 votes


  • Posted by user162427 November 19, 2013 at 14:40

    What would you say would be the cost to make that happen?
  • Posted by user718520 November 19, 2013 at 16:29

    Don't forget this was rejected at the end of the 1990s, before the credit and debt crisis in this country, as being too expensive. Also, remember the council must save £90 million over the next 3 years and money from central government is increasingly difficult to obtain.

    It's a nice idea but sadly unrealistic in the current climate.
  • Posted by user463519 November 19, 2013 at 17:08

    The capital cost is unknown. It would be a fiendishly difficult project due to the uncertainty of what is actually under there. A nice, but impractical, idea.
  • Posted by user734334 November 24, 2013 at 11:38

    Love the idea but can't see that we can afford it at the moment....
  • Posted by user753042 December 08, 2013 at 06:04

    Love this idea - how can we make it happen?

    There must be an alternative way to being dependent on money from government?
  • Posted by user326577 December 20, 2013 at 10:21

    Go the other way; cover over the whole of the city centre with a high flat glass roof. In Antwerp where they have done this it gives a large open dry area that can be used for many things; markets, events, open-air cafes, etc. The cost would be much less than opening up the old harbour and would make the centre of Bristol a distinctive and attractive place.
  • Posted by user991228 January 08, 2014 at 16:54

    There is already plenty of harbour without much alongside - why not put all the things you want to see such as cafes etc there, rather than spend a lot of money digging a big hole and then even more money on building bridges over it?
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