How to improve Keynsham's Park Road to be put to residents

June 30 2017

Residents will be asked how they think traffic could be improved in Keynsham’s Park Road following years of complaints over speeding, potholes and disturbance.

Residents will be asked how they think traffic could be improved in Keynsham’s Park Road following years of complaints over speeding, potholes and disturbance.

Local councillors say Bath and North East Somerset Council has now committed to carrying out consultation with neighbours about how to make the route down to the new Meadows development safer.

With Park Road the only access to and from the site, construction traffic has been the source of much concern for residents since work began in 2012, with complaints including potholes and damage to kerbs by HGVs, the size of vehicles, as well as drivers reportedly not following the set routes or time limits on arriving and leaving the site.

Residents have also called for police to monitor speed along the road outside normal working hours, when they say a larger number of people flout the 20mph speed limit, something Keynsham South councillor Alan Hale says he has raised with the town’s policing team.

Now B&NES transport chief Councillor Anthony Clark, who branded the situation in Park Road “unspeakable” last year, says a consultation is on his priorities list, although no timetable has been set.

Cllr Hale said: “Clearly the underlying problem here is that the Planning Inspector should never have allowed there to be only one access road into and out of this development. However, we now have to look at how best to improve the situation we are faced with. 

“Resolving the problem through highway engineering is not straight forward.  We have considered ‘build outs’ to create a chicane, but that would result in the loss of some parking spaces. Speed tables are another traffic-calming measure but I am aware that where they have recently been installed on St Ladoc Road, residents have raised complaints over the noise as vehicles bounce over the table.

Therefore our aim is to give all local residents a formal chance to have their say and give their views to the council, and then out of that we can hopefully achieve a solution that the majority of residents can give their support to.”

Any work that is decided upon will be subject to funds being allocated in future council budgets.

A much-hoped-for relief road connecting the site with Charlton Road, supported by both Cllr Hale and fellow ward councillor Lisa O’Brien would not be viable, according to a scoping report from the council, which pointed to potential ecological harm from the removal of trees and hedgerows and the difficulty of negotiating with 14 different land owners along Parkhouse Lane.

Construction at The Meadows is due to be completed by summer 2018 and a spokesperson for developer Taylor Wimpey said: “We recognise that we have a responsibility to keep disturbance to our neighbours to a minimum during our construction operations, and this is a responsibility we take very seriously.

“We regret that people living near The Meadows have experienced inconvenience and disruption and we will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and try to put right any problems which are brought to our attention.”