More upheaval in Keynsham High Street
Shoppers and traders in Keynsham High Street face more disruption with the introduction of new restrictions from May 10.
The High Street has been closed to traffic during the day to support social distancing since last summer. Now, as well as traffic being banned, the pavement on one side is being closed, along with the cycle lane.
The measures are being brought in by Bath and North East Somerset Council to enable enhancement of the High Street.
The council states: “The first phase of public improvements to the public space between Bath Hill and Charlton Road will rejuvenate the town centre and attract locals and visitors back to the High Street.
“The enhancements will include footpath widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities, and new street furniture, streetlights, landscaping and trees.”
The new traffic order published by B&NES reveals that it plans “to temporarily introduce a road closure to vehicles in that length of High Street, Keynsham, from its junction with Charlton Road to its junction with Bath Hill, including the contraflow cycle lane.”
It said it would also temporarily introduce a footpath closure the length of High Street and Temple Street on the west side from the junction of Charlton Road to Rock Road.
The council says the order will allow “public realm works” to be carried out from May 10 for a maximum of eight months. The road will only be restricted when traffic signs are in position and this may not last the whole period. It is anticipated the work will be finish by November 30.
Some people have criticised the timing of the work.
Pam Garrie, of Scrumptious Sweets in the High Street, told the Voice: “This will cause more disruptions to the High Street and put people off stopping and shopping, just when we are trying to get back on our feet.”
She fears all businesses in the area will be affected and that customers will instead go to Bath, Bristol, or bigger stores elsewhere.
And one commenter on Facebook said: “This will help the shops on the High Street no end! Nice one Bath and North East Somerset Council - didn’t want to carry out these works when the shops have been closed during lockdown?”