Council pressed for Keynsham free parking decision

The Liberal Democrat Cabinet on Bath and North East Somerset Council has been pressed for a decision on whether or not it will introduce free short-stay parking in Keynsham.

Conservative councillors representing the town have called for a decision to be made by the authority’s Cabinet Member for Transport, nearly three months after councillors voted to support the idea.

At a July Council Meeting councillors backed a Conservative motion which called on the authority to introduce some free two-hour parking at Keynsham’s Ashton Way car park.  However, despite the majority of councillors voting in favour of the proposals, the final decision rests with the ruling Liberal Democrat Cabinet.

Now, Conservative councillors have tabled a question, for answer at the next Cabinet meeting, asking when the outcome of their decision will be known, arguing that three months is a long enough period in which to take an informed decision.

Councillor Charles Gerrish, who has tabled the Cabinet question, said:

“Traders in Keynsham are pressing for an answer on whether or not B&NES will introduce free parking in our town.

“Calls for free short-stay parking to be introduced at Ashton Way car park have been backed by residents, local businesses, the Town Council, and now the majority of councillors on B&NES as well.

“It’s time for the Liberal Democrat Cabinet to take a decision on whether it will agree to Full Council’s request or not, three months is ample time in which to do so.”

Cllr Kate Simmons (Cons, Keynsham South), who seconded the proposal for free short-stay parking at the July Council Meeting, added:

“The Conservative proposal would create some charged long-stay parking at Ashton Way in order to help fund the free short-stay spaces.  Given that the Council voted to voice its approval for this plan I hope that the Liberal Democrats will now give it the go-ahead.  If they do, it will help boost our town’s local economy, support High Street traders, and make shopping trips easier and cheaper for local residents.”