Petition launched to get Keynsham footbridge repaired and reopened

With the pedestrian bridge over the weir in Keynsham Memorial Park still closed more than a year after it was declared unsafe, a petition has been started calling for it to be repaired.

B&NES Council closed it in October 2019, saying the beams had decayed and further investigations were needed.

Andy Wait, who represents Keynsham on the council, says that despite the best efforts of local councillors, no progress has been made so the petition has been started. So far it has been signed by more than 400 people.

Barriers were put up at both sides of the bridge last autumn and alternative routes for pedestrians were signposted.

At the time Dine Romero, the leader of the council, said: “The safety of residents is our priority, so we have made the decision to close the bridge until further notice while we fully investigate its condition and decide the next steps.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that people understand why we have taken this urgent action.”

The bridge, which is more than 25 years old, is known as a Glulam bridge due to its method of construction from glued laminated timber.

Cllr Wait said this week: “It has been over a year since B&NES closed the footbridge in Memorial Park. This is a much-loved and well-used bridge over the River Chew and spoils one of the nicest parts of our park.”

The petition calls on B&NES Council to repair the footbridge, saying it is of much inconvenience to a great many people who used it for commuting, exercise and for their mental and physical health.