What should we call Keynsham's town centre, residents asked

Published on: 07 Apr 2014

Choosing a name for Keynsham’s new town centre has been thrown open to the public, who are being urged to “shape history” by coming up with the best idea.

The £34 million site is due to open this autumn and people have until April 22 to submit their suggestions to Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Councillor David Bellotti, cabinet member for community resources, said: “This is a chance for Keynsham residents to shape history and have their say on a major decision that Bath & North East Somerset Council must make. We want to get as many ideas as possible from the community and select the one from a shortlist which best represents what people want.

“I’d like to welcome the comments we’ve had so far about the possibilities for names and these will be included as part of this exercise. The selection process will create sense of excitement in the Keynsham community about the completion of this project and the fact we are just months away from opening.”

The appeal for suggestions from the public comes just weeks after Keynsham Town Council was asked to consider three possible names put forward by B&NES staff for the civic centre.

But the suggestions – The Aurum Centre, The Mosaic and The Decker Building – were branded “awful” by the councillors, who called for B&NES Council to consult the public on the issue.

Names were also put forward for the community rooms, which included the Libourne Room, after Keynsham’s twin town, the Keyne or Keyna Room after St Keyne, and the Bailey Room, after comedian Bill Bailey, who grew up in the town.

The latter was also met with disapproval by councillors, who pointed to the fact the comic had never attended any events in the town despite being asked.

B&NES Council says no decision has been taken on whether the site will have one name or whether there will be names for individual facilities, such as the library or one-stop shop, and is asking for residents’ views on this, too.

People can contribute suggestions online from Friday, April 4, at www.bathnes.gov.uk/keynshamregen; by email at regen_ keynsham@bathnes.gov.uk or by writing to Keynsham Civic building name, Floor 1 Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW.

Head teachers will also be invited to ask their pupils to put forward names.

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