new marinaPlans for a new 306-berth leisure marina in Keynsham were unveiled to people in the town today.

The “seven-figure” scheme for land at Broad Mead, just along the river from one of the region’s top tourism sites, Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, has been drawn up by NextPhase Development on behalf of the landowner.

The managing director of Staffordshire-based NextPhase, Chris Whitehouse, on the left, who was personally presenting the plans to the public in Keynsham High Street today, said that he had “not had a single negative comment” from the many people who had stopped to look at the information boards and talk about the scheme.


The plans, which include infrastructure and landscaping, will be lodged with Bath & North East Somerset Council in the autumn.

Mr Whitehouse says they will benefit the Keynsham economy by boosting spending locally and creating employment.

He said there would be signposts from the new marina to Keynsham town centre and to local tourism attractions including the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park.

Mr Whitehouse will be making a presentation to Keynsham Town Council on October 8.

Keynsham already has the Portavon Marina, pictured below, near the Lock  Keeper pub, which provides moorings for up to 100 narrow boats and cruisers.