Success as layby secured following four-year long campaign

A four-year long campaign by Bath & North East Somerset Councillor Alan Hale to have a layby installed for four homes on Charlton Road, Keynsham has finally been achieved.

The installation of the layby will allow local residents to be able to park their cars more safely and easily on the busy road, and has been installed thanks to the support of Barrett Homes who are building a new development on Charlton Road.

Currently the four families, one member of whom is disabled and another with young children, have to face the challenge of entering their cars in the face of moving traffic close to the side of their vehicles, with the situation compounded by a bus stop situated opposite.

Councillor Alan Hale (Cons, Keynsham South) said: 

“The situation for these families was brought to my attention some four years ago and since then I have been lobbying council officers to achieve a proper full-width layby to improve safety for the families parking their cars on what is a very busy road.

 “However other priorities for an ever-decreasing council budget meant it was difficult to allocate funding for this project.  However, an opportunity arose when plans to make other alterations to Charlton Road were proposed.  I raised significant concerns about safety with council officers and following a number of discussions with the Council about the best way forward, Barrett Homes managers were contacted and after consideration they have agreed to fund the cost of installing the new layby – thereby making life a little easier and safer for the families involved. I am extremely grateful to Barrett Homes for their support.”

David Millin of Barrett Homes added:

 “As a builder of new communities Barret Homes is always eager to be a good neighbour to the existing communities around their development. We were approached with what seemed a very sensible suggestion linked to the construction of a shared way for pedestrians and cyclists and we are pleased that we are going to be able to provide a safer environment for families just down the road from our new development.”

Currently Keynsham is undergoing major residential development on a number of sites with another site soon to come on-line. The new Conservative administration in B&NES has produced Transport Strategy for Keynsham which puts forward a number of measures aimed addressing the issues caused by the town’s growing population and to generally ‘Get B&NES Moving’.