It's looking good for park facelift progress
THE first phase of improvements at Kelston Road Park in Keynsham could be finished by the end of this year.
Bath & North East Somerset Council and Keynsham Town Council are working with the community on a plan for the site to make it a safer and more pleasant place for people of all ages to enjoy.
The scheme is also aimed at meeting future demands, taking into account issues such as climate change and the town’s growing population.
A phase of consultation has already been completed, which included a community survey and workshop.
The results showed park facilities were regarded as poor and that play facilities, while safe, were old and should be given top priority for improvement and replacement.
A park improvement project drawn up as a result of the consultation also includes tree planting, more seating and new signs.
It is planned to carry out the scheme in two phases, the first of which is expected to cost in the region of £40,000 and could be completed by the end of December, subject to feedback from local people. It will include improvements for wildlife, landscaping, tree planting, path repairs, better football facilities and measures to prevent unauthorised vehicles from getting into the park. Phase two will involve a complete overhaul of play facilities, with new play equipment to be provided for all ages and abilities.
The cost is set to be about £110,000 and will require extra planning, design, consultation and fundraising, with the end of July 2020 the target for completion.
Pete Sessions, parks project manager at BANES, said that, at this stage, feedback was requested on the phase one proposals, with a separate exercise on phase two to come later.
Details can be viewed online at www.bathnes.gov.uk/kelstonroadpark, where there is also a short survey to make comments, register support or raise any concerns.
Responses must be received by Monday, July 8.