Views sought from community on Keynsham's future at drop-in event

Published on: 04 Sep 2015

With plans being drawn up to determine everything from Keynsham’s future road system to the location of the town’s leisure centre, residents are being invited to have their say at a drop-in event this month.

Bath & North East Somerset Council wants to hear the community’s views on a wide range of proposals that will shape the town over coming years.

The documents being drawn up will all form part of the council’s Placemaking Plan, which will detail where developments will take place and protect community assets.

The drop-in event on Tuesday, September 15, will include exhibitions and information on:

  • Key principles and recommendations within the draft Keynsham Transport Strategy.
  • Possible locations for a new leisure centre in Keynsham. GLL, the new organisation responsible for leisure facilities in the town, will be present to talk through proposals.
  • Site proposal for employment land to the east of the town, between Keynsham and Saltford.
  • Draft Keynsham Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.
  • Draft Keynsham and Saltford Air Quality Action Plan.

Proposals included in the Keynsham Transport Strategy include trialling a one-way system in the High Street, an overhaul of the busy Hick’s Gate roundabout and revamps of some of the town’s most well-used junctions.

Meanwhile, the Conservation Area Appraisal proposes that the conservation area – which covers parts of the town centre to protect features of historic interest – is extended.

Councillor Charles Gerrish (Conservative, Keynsham North), Cabinet member for finance and efficiency, said: “We’ve brought together consultations for a number of different initiatives, so that people can consider the overall plans for the future and we want as many people as possible to get their views heard.”

As well as the drop-in event, information will be available online from September 15 at www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/your-council-and-democracy/consultations.

Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip) leader of the council, said: “It’s important that local people are involved in shaping the future of their community. The council is committed to ensuring that happens and taking a holistic approach to ensure Keynsham’s future is sustainable.”

The event will mark the start of a six-week public consultation plan on the draft Keynsham Conservation Area Appraisal, Conservation Area boundary change map and Conservation Area Management Plan. It will also launch a 12-week consultation on the Draft Keynsham and Saltford Air Quality Action Plan.

Residents will be able to submit their comments on the other proposals at the event or until October 2.

It will be followed by an eight-week formal consultation period on the Placemaking Plan later in the year.

  • The drop-in event will take place on September 15 from 2-8pm at the Key Centre, Keynsham Methodist Church, in the High Street.

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