As reported in last week’s issue, The Labbott Car Park behind Temple Street is now free for two hours. The move follows concerted efforts by traders, residents and politicians to make B&NES Council listen to local opinion, having steadfastly refused to consider such action since taking control of the Town Centre regeneration in May 2011. However, while this is seen a trial operation, motorists will have to find their way to The Labbott without the aid of any road signs indicating the Free Car Park and there is no immediate prospect of the words ‘Free Parking’ being added to the ‘Welcome to Keynsham’ signs on the A4, like they were in the 1990’s. When asked about any plans for directional road signage, a B&NES spokesman told us: ” Not initially, as we suspect that word will get around and the car park will fill-up quickly because well read newspapers which cover a wide local area like yours will report our news release. However, we will monitor the situation and review if necessary. As usual, our ear is always open to the traders if they have any concerns. on the issue.”
The Labbott Car Park now has around 30 spaces, including family bays and a disabled space, which are free for two hours upon taking a ticket from the machine. There is no return within 4 hours. In addition, there are a similar number of free 30 minute bays within the Ashton Way Car Park. The Civic Centre Car Park which closed in January as part of the redevelopment will partially re-open in September with two storeys available to the public.