£1.1m investment for Keynsham to improve high street

A £1.1m cash boost to help refresh Keynsham High Street, enhance its historic identity and retain its status as conservation area has been formally agreed by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The council’s cabinet members accepted a slice of the £95m High Streets Heritage Action Zones fund from Historic England in a joint member decision.

The council was successful in winning two funding bids from this Historic England fund, Midsomer Norton and Keynsham, with 68 projects receiving funding nationally, and only eight other successful projects being earmarked for funding in the South West.

The Keynsham High Street Heritage Action Zone is formed of the Upper High Street, the main High Street and Temple Street.

Keynsham Town Council has committed match funding for these improvements totalling of £40,000 over four years, as well as a range of non-financial support.

The Historic England funding will enable further public realm works, improvements to shop fronts and development of a cultural programme supporting the development of a cultural programme to help create a more vibrant high street environment. It is part of a group of projects, valued at £3.6milllion, that seek to rejuvenate Keynsham High Street which include the enhancements to the core High Street.

The core High Street scheme includes footpath decluttering, widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities and new seating, street lights, landscaping and trees.

Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for community services, said: “The heritage of Bath and North East Somerset spans far wider than Bath itself and important towns like Keynsham add to the richness of our communities. Thank you to our partners who have put a great deal of effort into putting together a comprehensive bid. I am delighted to have agreed the funding so that the scheme can get underway as soon as possible.”

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