Council pressed on free parking decision

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

At the Council’s annual budget meeting in February, Conservative councillors successfully tabled an amendment which called on the Council to introduce free short-stay parking in the town as a temporary measure during the town centre construction. The amendment earmarked up to £100,000 to cover the cost of the scheme.

However, the final decision on whether or not to implement the proposal rests with the Council’s ruling Liberal Democrats, who have resisted previous attempts to introduce free parking in Keynsham and have so far given no indication of whether they will agree to the request.

Conservative councillors have expressed anger at the lack of information from the Council. Keynsham councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) said:

“Along with the Keynsham Town Team, we have been pressing the Cabinet for an answer on whether and when free short-stay parking will be introduced. We had hoped they would put the free parking trial in place by the start of the new financial year in April, but a month on from the Council meeting we are still waiting for a decision.

“Traders and residents in the town are frankly becoming pretty fed up with the lack of action from the Council’s Lib Dem administration and deserve to have an answer. At the same time, there is currently a real problem with lack of parking in the town as the multi-storey car park is shut. Again, the Council should be looking at mitigating measures such as a shuttle-bus for Council staff from the football club, for which I know the club have offered to discuss with B&NES.”