Keynsham fears over road works trading slump

An artists' impression of Keynsham after its regeneration Image copyright BANES
Image caption A major £34m redevelopment of Keynsham town centre began in 2012

There are fears that small businesses in a town near Bristol could go under if poor trading conditions continue during a major facelift.

Keynsham's Chamber of Commerce said businesses had been hit hard by a recent spell of utility works.

A lengthy £34m redevelopment of the town centre began in 2012 and is expected to be complete by October.

Lynn Young, chamber chairwoman, said she was afraid that some businesses would close.

'Shut up shop'

"The feedback I've received is that many businesses up and down the High Street and Temple Street have been hit hard in the first few days of the utility work" she said.

"Takings are down massively. This is simply down to long-standing customers thinking Keynsham has shut up shop."

Bath and North East Somerset Council has joined the chamber of commerce to let members of the public know the town is open for business.

This includes signs saying as much, free parking in certain car parks and ensuring construction deliveries are made at times that minimise disruption.

Leader of the council Paul Crossley said: "We are helping traders as much as we can to keep Keynsham alive and kicking during the Wales and West Utilities road works.

"Free parking is available for two hours at The Labbott North car park; free 30 minute spaces are available at Ashton Way and the Civic Centre car park behind the redevelopment if now open for business."

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