'Miserable Keynsham Civic Centre car park needs revamp now'
A Keynsham town centre car park has been branded a “disgrace” and “unwelcoming” to visitors.
Members of the local Liberal Democrat group are calling on Bath and North East Somerset Council to revamp the Civic Centre car park and improve signage for drivers and pedestrians.
They say there is no signage showing motorists where to go as they approach the building or to point people walking from the car park in the direction of the shops, leisure centre, library or other amenities.
A sign near the former fire station also refers to free parking in green bays that no longer exist – which B&NES says will be removed after a public consultation on parking is completed.
Andy Halliday, Keynsham Liberal Democrats vice chair, said “This is a miserable car park. Temple Street traders who pay significant business rates are crying out for support and the revamp of the leisure centre will bring many more visitors.
“The Conservative-run B&NES Council needs to do much more to make this car park attractive to shoppers and visitors and take the pressure off the Ashton Way car park. The Civic Centre car park is a disgrace to Keynsham.”
The group is now calling for funding generated from neighbouring developments to be spent on improvements to the Civic Centre site.
Andy Wait, a local campaigner, said: “I know residents of the town who say they don’t shop on the High Street because they can't find anywhere to park. Here is a chance for B&NES to make a difference and help support the retailers and businesses in a real way with new signage that encourages the use of the Civic Centre car park and allow more people to find parking close to the shops.”
Signs directing drivers to the Civic Centre car park are installed at the junctions of High Street and Charlton Road, Charlton Road and Ashton Way, Ashton Way and Rock Road, Rock Road and Temple Street and in front of the former fire station. A B&NES Council spokesperson said: “Signage directing motorists to the car parks has recently been improved, in response to feedback from the public.
“The reference to the green bays is expected to be removed when the signage is reviewed and updated in conjunction with the outcome from the parking charge proposals which are currently out to consultation.
“We continue to monitor the situation.”