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Information about the proposal

Bristol City Council has agreed terms with Fairfield High School to reduce the amount of land leased by the School. The lease reduction means that a strip of land will be available for use by Bristol City Council, in order to enable bus, walking and cycling improvements in the nearby area.

The land in question is close to Fairfield High School’s playing fields, so the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) require us to consult with any groups that use the school’s sports facilities.

No hardstanding playing fields space is being lost or removed. That means there will be exactly the same amount of space for the existing tennis courts and other pitches. The land which is being released is designated by the ESFA as ‘informal social space’.

The only change affecting the tennis courts is that they will be shifted about two metres further away from Muller Road to maintain vehicular access to the playing fields. Bristol City Council will also be resurfacing the tennis courts as part of the proposal, which will improve their condition.

However, it’s still important for us to understand your views.

The changes are being undertaken to enable a wide segregated walking and cycling facility from Dormer Road all the way to the railway bridge over Muller Road, which will provide a safe route to school for the children using this route, as well as an improved route for all other users of Muller Road.

There will also be a new bus lane opposite Fairfield High School through to near the Old Library, improving journeys for all bus users.

The changes will also benefit schoolchildren at the new Trinity Academy on Romney Avenue when it opens fully in September 2021 and benefit those using the new Ashley Down train station when it opens in 2022.

You can see more information about the wider Muller Road scheme at www.travelwest.info/mullerroad, but this consultation is dedicated to the land release at Fairfield High School.

This land release is a key part of the changes to Muller Road. Without the land release, routes to Fairfield High School, Trinity Academy, and the new Ashley Down station will be less safe and less attractive, resulting in more congestion and a less safe road environment.

If we receive permission from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to proceed, the scheme will begin construction at the start of 2021 and be completed in 2022.

You can see the proposed land release and the relevant area of the design for the Muller Road improvements in the Downloads section below.

You can provide your comments using the form on this page (in the ‘Provide your comments’) section, or you can email transport.projects@bristol.gov.uk with “Fairfield land release” in the subject line. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch on the email address above and we’ll do our best to answer them.

The consultation runs from the 20th of January 2020 to the 1st of March 2020.

Provide your comments

We need to understand the views of those using the playing fields. Please do fill out this form or email transport,projects@bristol.gov.uk whether your views are positive or negative.

  • We need to understand the views of the organisations benefiting from the playing fields, so please let us know here your organisation if you represent one.
  • We would like to understand the positives and negatives that you see as a result of this purchase. However, if you don't feel strongly either way, it's also useful for us to understand that it doesn't have a large impact on you, so please let us know.
  • If you'd like us to contact you in relation to your comments, please enter your contact details here. We will only use your details for this purpose.

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