‘Keynsham deserves better’ – councillors say Lib Dems have failed the town

The people of Keynsham have been badly let down by the B&NES Liberal Democrats, opposition councillors say.

The Conservative councillors who represent Keynsham on Bath and North East Somerset Council have spoken out against the recent poor performance of the Lib Dem administration, and have demanded better for residents and businesses in Keynsham.

The Keynsham High Street renovation works are still ongoing. Work began last June and was expected to take nine months, but locals have complained that the work doesn’t appear to be anywhere near finished.

Conservative councillors have also accused the administration of doing a poor job of keeping residents up to date with how the work is progressing.

Among the 2022/23 Budget proposals, the Lib Dems have planned to make big cuts to the library service in Keynsham.

A review of service delivery options for Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries, and the relocation of some information services into Bath Central Library, will save the administration £126,000.

The Conservatives have also questioned the administration’s financial priorities, with £1.6m of taxpayers money being used to make improvements to the Keynsham Civic Centre, a building that is less than 10 years old.

Also, the Lib Dems recently announced that they would be reopening the Ashton Way toilets, but failed to mention that it was they who closed them in the first place back in January 2015.

The Conservative councillors have welcomed the £750,000 to be spent on rebuilding the Keynsham Memorial Bridge as it’s a vital connection for people on foot.

Cllr Alan Hale, Conservative ward member for Keynsham South, said: “This is a catalogue of failure from the administration in relation to Keynsham. Our town has been badly let down by poor decision making and upside down priorities.

“Spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on closing roads to discourage driving while cutting the local library budget shows that this administration is completely out of touch. Keynsham deserves much better and we will continue to stand up for local people.”

Cllr Brian Simmons, Conservative ward member for Keynsham North, said: “The B&NES Lib Dems seem to have forgotten about residents and businesses in Keynsham. Locals have not been properly kept up to date with progress on the High Street and now the administration wants to raid Keynsham Library.

“We deserve better than this, so today we are calling on the administration to rethink its priorities by safeguarding the library service and ensuring the Civic Centre improvements and Memorial Bridge rebuild are both completed on time and within budget.”