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