The Bridgwater Way issues Hazard warning for Hamp

An internationally-renowned street artist and The Bridgwater Way will be helping Hamp celebrate new developments in their community next month.

Artist ‘Miss Hazard’ will be working with the Bridgwater Arts Centre and TBW to bring residents the first BACWalk, showcasing recent street re-design work.

Everyone is invited to come along to the Bridgwater Arts Centre on Saturday 14 March from 10.30am to 12.30pm to enjoy a 2.5 mile walk past the scenic area of Brownes Pond and around Hamp.

If you love a stroll and are interested in design or public art, then this is the perfect walk for you. It will give people the opportunity to learn all about The Bridgwater Way’s street re-design and community art project that the Hamp community have been working on.

Artist ‘Miss Hazard’, who was voted in the category of ‘top 25 female street artists in the world’ by the Guardian newspaper, will be interpreting designs by the community and creating pieces of art to add a visual boost to the area.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This project was very much design led by the Hamp community and by teaming up with Bridgwater Arts Centre, The Bridgwater Way has a great platform to showcase the community’s fantastic work.”

There will be a timely refreshment stop at the Sunny Side Up café in the centre of Hamp for tea and cakes.

The BACWalk has been named as a tribute to Bridgwater Arts Centres’ recent popular BACTalk events, which saw many inspiring people share inspiring stories.

Kate Goodale, Artistic Manager at the Bridgwater Arts Centre said: “Our BACTalk series have all been about celebrating the local, so we were delighted to team up with The Bridgwater Way’s DIY Streets team and take our audience on a walk to show them the amazing work that The Bridgwater Way project has achieved to promote healthier lifestyles and improve communities”.

Funded by the Department for Transport, The Bridgwater Way includes 6.5miles of new or improved cycle paths and walking routes and a host of activities to encourage sustainable transport and ease congestion. It is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.

Funding for The Bridgwater Way has come from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), successfully bid for by Somerset County Council and Sustrans.

Other aspects of the project include:

• Cycle Training – Anyone can also take part in cycle training and cycle maintenance training. These can be tailored to all abilities and ages and can be on a one-to-one basis, or to a small group or family. Visit our website for details. All courses are free.
• Businesses travel planning – Work with businesses in the town to improve the commute to work through new bike lock ups and facilities, cycle safety training for staff and preparing for major investment such as the Colley Lane Link.
• Bike It Plus (provided by Sustrans) – Work with schools to encourage pupils to be more active on their journey to school and to promote cycling, scooting and walking as an alternative to the car.
• Cycle services – Help and training for cycle repairs and maintenance is being given to school children across the area through the popular Dr Bike scheme. This sort of support is also available to businesses in the area through a ‘repair and ride’ scheme which can tackle up to 20 bikes at a time.