Delay for unveiling of Keynsham's new clocktower

April 28 2015

Just weeks away from getting their first look at Keynsham’s new clocktower, residents have been told the unveiling has been put back by three months.

Just weeks away from getting their first look at Keynsham’s new clocktower, residents have been told the unveiling has been put back by three months.

The decision to delay the landmark’s installation was taken to avoid clashes with road and pavement works being carried out at the Market Walk development, said a spokesperson for the Arts Advisory Group, the team overseeing the project.

The date for the unveiling of the clock, designed by artist Sebastien Boyesen and consisting of a stained glass column on a plinth, was originally set for June 6. The launch has now been put back to 11am on Saturday, September 19, a date the group also hopes will enable more people to attend than during the summer.

A statement from Keynsham Town Council said: “This is later than previously announced as they [the Arts Advisory Group] realised that road and pavement works in the area contracted by B&NES Council could conflict with and compromise the installation.

“The group decided that delaying the unveiling until September would minimise further disruption to residents using this part of the town centre.

“The group was also mindful that many residents, particularly with school-age children could well be taking a holiday in August and, as they hope as many people as possible will attend the opening ceremony, they have settled on the revised date.”

Speaking about the planned work to roads and pavements, a Bath and North East Somerset Council spokesperson said: "Work is anticipated to be completed around the end of May. The installation of the clock tower has been scheduled for September to minimise disruption and allow for the manufacture of the clock tower components.

In recent weeks, work to repair the surface and tackle pot holes on Bath Hill, between Avon Mill Lane and the High Street,  was brought forward by B&NES Council following requests from residents.