Despair for Keynsham by Iris Lerpiniere
By JoannaPazucha | Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 15:30
In the 1960s when Temple Street was being razed to the ground the residents of Dapps Hill expressed their concern that their community was at risk to Miss Mary Fairclough, founder member of Keynsham Civic Society. She approached HMGovernment and the area was designated as a Conservation Area.
Keynsham High Street
In the 1990s when an unsuitable business was proposed near to St John's Church the current chairman asked HM Government with B&NES support that the area around the church should be a Conservation Area. English Heritage, which had become the relevant authority, enthusiastically designated, part of Station Road, part of Bristol Road, High Street, Temple Street, Bath Hill, part of Wellsway and the entire Memorial and Chew Valley Park and so linking to the original area.
The guiding principle of Conservation Areas is that the area can be improved in keeping with their historic and aesthetic status.
Now in 2012 one sees Station Road with new plastic shop fronts, the High Street with graffiti at many levels, unpainted walls, peeling paint, weeds, litter and vomit in the last forecourt, filthy entrance (chemist), dirty windows sills, unnecessary windows filled with advertisements and empty shops that are testament to too high rents. And now the plan to destroy the front of 39, High Street. People who know and love living in Keynsham despair.
IRIS LERPINIERE Old Vicarage Green Keynsham