Conservative Councillors in Keynsham have welcomed the news that the town is set to benefit from a £7 million investment to transform local leisure facilities.
Conservative-run Bath & North East Somerset Council this week unveiled details a major revamp of Keynsham Leisure Centre, including an improved sports hall for badminton and other sports, a refurbished swimming pool with viewing gallery, a new teaching pool, enhanced gym facilities and new soft play area.
Conservative Councillors have welcomed the fact the Council has honoured a commitment made last year to include a multi-purpose sports hall within the new centre, and has listened to the views of residents on the need to maintain a viewing gallery for the swimming pool and squash courts as part of the revamp.
Councillor Alan Hale (Cons, Keynsham South) said:
“This is great news for our town, and I’m really pleased that B&NES has listened to the concerns voiced about the initial concept designs released last year – which originally did not include plans for either badminton or squash courts.
“It was also clear from last year’s consultation that most people want the leisure centre remain in the centre of town where it is most accessible to the majority of residents, so a complete modernisation of the existing leisure centre seems by far the best option.
“Local people will now get the chance to give their feedback on the plans at a series of public events taking place throughout June.”
Fellow Conservative Councillor Lisa O’Brien (Keynsham South) added:
“From the very start of discussions about this project, we said that any new facility should be in a central location and meet the needs of our town’s growing population – both now and in the future. These revised plans meet both these objectives, and I’m delighted to see the Council deliver on our promise to ensure full and adequate sports facilities are included within the new leisure centre. I look forward to work starting on the new centre early next year.”
Residents can find out more about the plans and give their feedback on the proposals at a series of public events at which both potential options for the leisure centre will be on display:
- Thursday 9th June 6:30-8:30pm; Keynsham Community Space
- Tuesday 14th June 2-4pm; Keynsham Community Space
- Friday 24th June – 10am-2pm; Keynsham Leisure Centre
- Tuesday 28th June 4-8pm; Keynsham Leisure Centre.