Call for ideas to promote Keynsham as 'destination'

Published on: 06 Feb 2014

The signs say “open for business” and that’s the message traders in Keynsham hope to get to people driving into the town.

Worried business owners say they experienced a drop in trade when gas mains work began in the High Street and called for action to make sure the public knew they could still access the town centre.

After a request from Bath and North East Somerset Council, five signs have been installed on routes into the town by Wales and West Utilities and Chamber of Commerce chairman Lynn Young said shops also needed the support of the community.

She said: “I’m genuinely afraid that some businesses will close down if these trading conditions continue. The feedback I’ve received is that many businesses up and down the High Street and Temple Street have been hit hard in the first few days of the utility work. Takings are down massively. This is simply down to long-standing customers thinking Keynsham has shut up shop.

“The message that we need to get out is that buses and cars can still get to Keynsham.

“There are spaces to park your cars and do your shopping, including at the Civic Centre car park where people are still not sure whether they can park or not. Your local shops need your support.”

The gas mains work is due to continue until March 14.

B&NES Council leader Paul Crossley said ideas on promoting Keynsham as a shopping destination were welcome.

Anyone with ideas can contact the council via regen_keynsham@bathnes.gov.uk or via Twitter @bathnes.

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