Money could be far better spent
SO Bath and North East Somerset council have dropped that dreadful sculpture from the redevelopment of Keynsham town centre. They are now going to concentrate on a sculptured clock representing the true history of the town. Some unanswered questions remain to which the public deserve answers. The first is how much money has been spent so far on this fiasco? To this end I have submitted a freedom of information request and will share the answer with the public via your paper.
The next question is why when a focus group was set up at the very beginning of the planning process for the development was it not allowed to complete that process. I believe that the reason was that it involved a different department within B&NES, and who in turn set up another group. No joined up thinking there then. They didn't even know that the focus group had requested a replacement clock.
The public deserve to know why this has happened and B&NES should immediately abandon the new group and refer the issue back to the original focus group who would be in a much better position to consider the issue and where the history of the project remains. I believe if this had happened it would have prevented the current mistakes. That group could always have and still could expand to include so called experts and more members of the public. I hold out little hope for this happening as B&NES do not tend to apply common sense on these issues.
I hope that when the cuts over the next two years are realised the public remember that the £160k put aside for this project could have been put to much better use by almost funding a year's costs for Keynsham's children's centre or kept some public conveniences open.
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Finally I would like to state these are my personal opinions and not those of the Town Council.
Councillor Tony Crouch
Keynsham Town Councillor