Plans being developed to transform the 1960’s town centre of Keynsham will not only help to secure the town’s economic future, but also save large amounts of tax-payer money, according to figures obtained by local politicians.
The redevelopment of the Town Hall site has been backed by local Conservative Councillors in Keynsham, who have said that the retention of Council jobs in the town is vital to supporting the town’s High Street.
In answer to a question tabled at a recent B&NES Cabinet Meeting by Keynsham Councillor Bryan Organ, it has now been confirmed that, as part of a wider office rationalisation strategy by the Council, the plans will also save almost half a million pounds a year of tax-payer money by creating more modern, efficient offices.
The plans will initially save £405,235 year, rising to £946,146 a year from 2022, produced by a combination of more flexible working practices among staff and the creation of vastly more efficient buildings. It is also expected that the new buildings will allow for a 70% reduction in the Council’s carbon emissions.
Keynsham Councillor Bryan Organ (Cons, Keynsham east) commented:
“The redevelopment of Keynsham’s town centre is good news all round. Not only is it extremely important to supporting the town’s economy in the years to come, but by making the Council’s offices more efficient it will save millions of pounds of tax-payer money as well.
“The rebuilding of our Town Hall site has been a long time coming and local people I’ve spoken with are delighted that the decision has finally been taken to redevelop the site. Ideas for the site are only in their early stages at the moment, but I know that local residents will be keen to take part in consultation on the plans. I understand that initial public consultation is to take place in the coming weeks, with further details emerging as a development partner is chosen later in the year.”