Council wants views on whether to invest in lighting at Keynsham skate park

Published on: 06 Mar 2015

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Young people in Keynsham are being asked for their views on lighting at the town’s skate park and whether a funding pot of thousands of pounds should go towards improving it.

The informal consultation follows a campaign three years ago by members of Timeout youth group calling for new lighting to enable them to use the site in the Memorial Park later into the evenings.

A petition with 300 signatures was handed to Keynsham Town Council backing the call in May 2012 and councillors agreed to look into costs of installing lights.

Speaking at the time, campaigner Callum Lee, then 13, said: “Everyone seems to think it’s a good idea, including people from school and older people.”

Funding, however, proved to be the issue and the request has been on the back burner ever since.

Now developer Taylor Wimpey has handed £36,655.31 to spend on youth services in the town to Bath and North East Somerset Council as part of the agreement struck when it was given permission to build on the K2 site – now The Meadows.

At their meeting on February 17, town councillors unanimously agreed to go ahead with getting quotes for lighting and draw up a planning application.

Councillors are now calling for views from the public – particularly young people who use the skate park – and have put the issue to the town’s youth council KeynshamNow for discussion.

Comments can be made to the council at, on 0117 986 8683 or delivered to the council’s offices at 15-17 Temple Street.
Keynsham’s skate park was opened in 2010 after a campaign by members of Timeout.

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