Keynsham regeneration: Shops demolition starts

Demolition of shops
Image caption The shops, which were built in the 1970s, are being demolished to make way for the new development

Demolition work has begun on 1970s-built empty shops in Keynsham as part of a £33m regeneration project for the town centre.

The work is going ahead after revised plans were approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The scheme also includes the demolition of the library and town hall buildings.

Council leader Paul Crossley said with the work taking place there is "a sense that the regeneration of Keynsham is now happening for real".

The project, which will see new shops and restaurants and spaces for markets and events, is set to be completed in Autumn 2014.

The council also said about 50 local people would benefit from new jobs, training and education opportunities as part of the scheme.

Neal Stephens, from construction firm Willmott Dixon, said: "By sourcing all of our materials locally and using local contractors wherever possible, we are able to give as much back to the community as we can while recreating a vibrant town centre for Keynsham."

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