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Social distancing measures planned for Keynsham

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Residents and businesses are being advised about a temporary closure of Keynsham High Street from July 13 to provide more space for social distancing.

The road will be closed to vehicles every day between 9am and 5pm except for Dial-a-Ride access.

Cyclists will be able to use the road in both directions at all times. The High Street bus stop will be relocated to Ashton Way.

This road closure, which is supported by Keynsham Town Council, will come into force on Monday July 13 and remain in place for as long as social distancing is necessary.

The town council voted last Tuesday (June 23), 12 to one in favour of the road closure with two abstentions, as part of the local decision-making process which enables people to decide what is best for their area of B&NES.

Any comments residents may have on the measures should be made to Keynsham town councillors.

The decision has been made under Part 4B Rule 16 of the Council’s Constitution as an urgent decision as the council needs to put social distancing schemes in place to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full details of the access restrictions can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathsocialdistancing

The council had put forward potential schemes to aid social distancing in other areas of North East Somerset by temporarily widening pavements in Peasedown St John, Radstock and Midsomer Norton, but it was noted by officers that pavements are not currently busy enough to require these measures. This could be reviewed should the situation change.

Councillor Joanna Wright, cabinet member for Transport Services, said “We’re introducing necessary measures across B&NES to make spaces safer and we will keep these under review. In some areas of North East Somerset the footfall is low, so we have decided footpath widening isn’t necessary at this time.

“While we know the new measures in Keynsham will cause some inconvenience, we will do all we can to help mitigate this. As a community we are all working together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and people need extra space to be able to safely socially distance.”

Councillor Andy Wait, chair of Keynsham Town Council, said: “After a full and lively debate at the virtual Town Council meeting in which members of the public, B&NES and Town Councillors spoke, the motion from Hal MacFie received support from all parties.  It was generally agreed that this temporary solution to the issues raised by social distancing was worth a try.  Since the meeting the general feeling in the town is similar to that of the Town Council”.

Residents in Bath & North East Somerset have also been asked to put forward locations for longer-term improvements designed to reduce the use of vehicles on our roads and encourage more walking and cycling. Views are still encouraged to be shared via the Liveable Neighbourhoods website can share their views on the new Liveable Neighbourhoods website https://bathnesliveablestreets.commonplace.is

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