Have your say on plans for Keynsham's Temple Street 'renaissance'

October 29 2021
Have your say on plans for Keynsham's Temple Street 'renaissance'

THE “renaissance” of Keynsham’s Temple Street is coming and residents are being urged to have their say.

Concept drawings show some of the on-street parking that “dominates” the street removed to make way for pavement licences, planters and “parklets”.

The £1.1 million, four-year heritage action zone project aims to reunite the two sides of the street, make it greener with a community garden and “edible” bus stop and strengthen its identity as an independent part of the town centre.

Under the proposals drawn up by Bath and North East Somerset Council, Keynsham Town Council and Historic England, a new crossing will be installed and pavements will be widened to prioritise pedestrians, traffic speeds will be reduced and there will be new artwork and lighting.

Future opportunities for the wider area include a community garden, a flexible event space and a theatre courtyard.

B&NES Council deputy leader Richard Samuel, the cabinet member for resources and economic development, said: “The concept designs have been inspired by Keynsham’s past and aim to strengthen Temple Street’s identity as an independent part of Keynsham’s High Street while promoting sustainable economic and cultural growth and improving quality of life in the town centre.

“We want to celebrate Temple Street’s historic character while making it a more appealing and vibrant place to visit by improving the streetscape, particularly around the historic terrace of shops and the grade II-listed Trout Tavern.

“We also want to reduce the dominance of Riverside, revitalise underused spaces, green the street with planting and trees, improve accessibility and the street’s connection to key areas in the town such as Memorial Park.

“We think these initial concept proposals address these issues, but it’s important local people shape their own community, which is why I’m urging people to get involved in the consultation and help inform the detailed design proposals.”

Keynsham Town Council chair Andy Wait added: “Temple Street has a huge potential to become something very special in Keynsham.

“The first step in this renaissance is the upgrading of the public spaces on the street. Please take the time to look at the proposed upgrade and comment.

“This is your chance to give an opinion on the changes suggested. Your views count. It isn’t too late for these ideas to change.”

The consultation runs until November 22. Visit hikeynsham.co.uk for more information, and click on ‘Have Your Say’ to access an online feedback form. Drop-in sessions will be held at the Temple Street Canteen on November 4, 11 and 18, 1pm-4pm.

The improvements to Temple Street are part of a wider B&NES Council’s renewal programme that will see £3.6 million invested into the rejuvenation of Keynsham’s High Street.

A linked project is already under way focusing on the core High Street, including footpath decluttering, widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities and new seating, streetlights, landscaping and trees.

by Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporting Service