Council response over Keynsham High Street ramps

August 06 2021
Council response over Keynsham High Street ramps

The use of pedestrian ramps during improvement work in Keynsham High Street is being kept under review following complaints from shoppers.

Wheelchair-users and others have spoken of struggling to negotiate some of the ramps.

And last month it was reported that, in some places, trench plates – that allow vehicles to cross over a gap – had been used instead of ramps for pedestrians. Some shoppers also said that ramps had not been placed over kerbs properly.

The Voice asked Bath & North East Somerset Council to confirm whether or not incorrect ramps had sometimes been used and if it was planning to take any action.

In response, Councillor Richard Samuel, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development & resources, said: “We have used industry-standard plastic ramps that are commonly used to provide access for wheelchair, pushchair, motorised wheelchair, bicycle and pedestrians up to 250kg.

“Where possible these have been upgraded to tarmac ones, but unfortunately this is not possible at every location.

“We are continuing to review the ramps as the work progresses. Thank you to the residents who have taken time to give us their feedback and people are welcome to contact us about any issues they might have at environment&design@bathnes.gov.uk.”

The High Street project will deliver footpath widening and resurfacing, better signs, and cycling and bus stop facilities on the High Street between Bath Hill and Charlton Road. There will also be new street furniture, streetlights, landscaping and trees.

B&NES Council is reassuring residents and visitors that businesses will open.

Keynsham Independent Businesses and Traders Association has said it welcomes the public realm improvements and is looking forward to the benefits of the scheme.