Local residents have the opportunity to give their view on all elements of the Bath & North East Somerset Council project to regenerate the Keynsham Town Hall site. The consultation will take place from Monday 26th September 2011 until Monday 10th October.
A vacant shop unit near the clock tower will be open at various times – further details will be announced nearer the time.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said, “The overwhelming majority of people that Bath & North East Somerset Council has received comments from are keen to see the regeneration of their town. Our proposals for Keynsham Town Hall site will make the town a more appealing place to attract private sector investment that will create new opportunities, jobs, and greater prosperity for residents.
“The September exhibition will ask for people’s views on a range of issues such as building design and materials, new streets and spaces, traffic and parking, so I hope people can make a date in their diaries to get involved with helping us to shape the future of their town centre.”
The overall proposals for the Town Hall site include significant new retail space, an innovative one stop shop and library for people to access local services, new and improved public space, and new, more sustainable Council offices.
Dr. Peter Roberts, Chairman of the Keynsham Heritage Trust and member of the Community Focus Group providing input to the scheme, said, “I hope as many people as possible can attend the exhibition to give their view at this stage. There is a great opportunity here to put the heart back into Keynsham and create a vibrant, modern town.”
Some of the investment will fund new efficient Council office space which will help the organisation greatly reduce the amount of office accommodation it currently occupies. It is also anticipated that this will be the catalyst for area wide regeneration benefits. For more information about the Council’s plans for Keynsham’s regeneration can be found at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/keynshamregen.