Letter: Keynsham High Street one-way trial

This letter, from Duncan Hounsell, was originally published in The Week In East Bristol and North East Somerset on 4 August 2016.

Duncan_Hounsell.jpgThe Week In is to be applauded for¬†allowing political comment. In September¬†2013, it gave prominence to a press¬†release by the local Conservatives about¬†their proposals while in opposition¬†concerning traffic in Keynsham High¬†Street. It included this declaration:¬†‚ÄúB&NES Council ought to consider trialling¬†both a one-way system and full¬†pedestrianisation for a limited period to¬†see if either would work. The idea of¬†making the High Street more¬†pedestrianised is clearly popular among¬†many residents so it would be wrong for¬†the Council to ignore this.‚Ä̬†

However, now in control of B&NES Council, that is exactly what the Conservatives are about to do - ignore this! B&NES Cabinet member for Transport has agreed a £200,000 provision in the 2016/17 budget for a temporary one-way trial for Keynsham High Street. A decision to make the trial permanent is projected by B&NES to cost a staggering £2m.

Why have the Conservatives given up on trialling pedestrianisation? Three-quarters of respondents in a survey carried out by The Week In said they would like to see pedestrianisation in the High Street. 

Duncan Hounsell,

Keynsham & Saltford Liberal Democrats

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