Latest News (Updated 10 February 2020)
Keynsham Town Centre is set to benefit from significant new investment over the next four years which will go a long way to keeping its position as a successful and independent economic centre and the focus of Keynsham's public life.
Improvements to the Town Centre public realm were highlighted as a key priority by local people in the consultations that informed the Keynsham Town Plan, Keynsham Transport Strategy and B&NES Placemaking Plan. In 2018 the Town Council, NDP Working Group members, local businesses and the community helped Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) shape town centre improvement priorities and proposals to help the High Street successfully meet the challenges high streets are now facing.
In June 2019, B&NES successfully secured £1.5 million towards the cost of implementing the first phase of improvements which will focus on transforming the High Street between Charlton Road and Bath Hill. The money was secured from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Local Growth Fund (LGF), administered by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). This investment will be supplemented by £193,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 funding.
The improvements package includes: footpath decluttering, widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities and new seating, street lights and landscape and trees.
Since the funding was committed the Council has been developing the detailed design and specifications which has included on-site survey work as well as meeting with various stakeholder groups to develop the final layout of the scheme. Before the Council finalises the scheme it held public drop-in sessions on Friday 24 January and Saturday 25 January 2020 for people to view the proposals and meet with members of the project team. The exhibition was on display at the library between 24 January and 8 February as well as online.
Following the exhibition the feedback will be reviewed to inform final proposals with construction expected to start in the summer.
B&NES and Keynsham Town Council have partnered to support an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Historic England's High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme. The EOI applied for funding to support phase 2 of the High Street's public realm improvement scheme. The Town Council, along with B&NES also committed funding. In September 2019 Historic England announced that the EOI was successful and the scheme would progress to the Delivery Plan stage.
Phase 2 proposed further public realm works, improvements to shop fronts and development of a cultural programme supporting the animation of the High Street. The Delivery Plan was submitted in December, to be approved by Historic England and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Once approved further details of the scheme will be announced in Spring 2020.
View the Keynsham Town Plan
View the Keynsham Transport Strategy
View the Placemaking Plan