‘Big improvements’ for Keynsham’s Temple Street

New artwork in Temple Street

Schemes aiming to make “big improvements” to Temple Street in Keynsham are taking another step forward, says Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Two large-scale artworks created by Bath Carnival have been installed in Temple Street and Riverside Square.

No 2 River Terrace, opposite the entrance to Keynsham Leisure Centre, is currently undergoing a full refurbishment and will be brought into use as a community arts and local business space from February 2023.

Over the next six months, new planters, cycle parking and seating will be installed on the Riverside development side of the street.

Riverside Square

In January, work will begin to install new high-quality paving on the opposite side of the street.

The works are part of Keynsham High Street Heritage Action Zone Programme (HS HAZ), a heritage-led renewal programme that aims to continue to make the area a more vibrant place. It is a partnership project led by B&NES Council’s Renewal Team, funded by Historic England with match funding from the council and Keynsham Town Council.

The council will also create a new online Keynsham Business Directory and launch a ‘shop local’ campaign in partnership with the town council to promote the local area and support local businesses.

Meanwhile Keynsham’s Local Cultural Programme is continuing with a High Street Discovery Trail that was launched over the half term holiday, an ongoing artist-led community quilting project about parenting in Keynsham, and a celebration of the town’s radio heritage in January.

Temple Street

Keynsham’s Local Cultural Programme is part of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme. It is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Fund, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This week Cllr Andy Wait, chair of Keynsham Town Council, said: “I would like to thank the project manager and everybody else who has contributed to this stage of the town centre improvements. I look forward to seeing the result of their work.”