Councillors back free parking in Keynsham in vote

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

Councillors back free parking in Keynsham in vote

Free short-stay parking in Keynsham has once again won the backing of a majority of B&NES councillors.

A proposal put forward by Keynsham councillors at the authority’s budget-setting meeting on February 19 earmarked £100,000 to allow the scheme to be implemented at either the  Labbott or Ashton Way car parks during the town centre redevelopment.

The bid, tabled by the Conservatives, won the support of the majority of councillors but now must clear the hurdle of being agreed by the ruling LibDems.

Keynsham East councillor Marie Longstaff, who moved the amendment at the meeting, said: “High Street businesses in Keynsham have said they are suffering due the fact residents cannot find adequate parking in the town because of the town hall redevelopment.  Our proposal to create free short-stay parking at Ashton Way or the Labbott would go some way to helping support these businesses during this difficult period, while making shopping trips cheaper and easier for residents. We’re therefore delighted that a majority of councillors have given their backing to this plan.”

The council has also been urged to introduce a temporary extra deck of parking at Ashton Way and a shuttle bus to transport council office workers to and from the Riverside building.

Local councillors are also pressing for a full public consultation  on the future of the Riverside office complex. Calls have been made for residents to be presented with a range of ideas and options for the site and for their views to be gathered.

Keynsham South councillor Alan Hale  said: “It’s absolutely essential that the redevelopment of the Riverside site meets with the approval of Keynsham residents. We simply cannot have the same situation as we did with the design of the new Town Hall, which has split public opinion, caused major controversy and delayed the project.”

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