Who will miss Keynsham's clocktower?
By BeckyFeather | Friday, January 11, 2013, 17:42
It's gone! Keynsham's clock tower was finally pulled down today as part of the demolition of Keynsham town centre.
Coming down: Keynsham's clock tower Picture credit: Molly Scott on Twitter
People took to Twitter to post their thoughts on its demise.
Ruth Howell tweeted: "An icon falls. Just witnessed the final moments of the architectural splendour that was Keynsham Clock Tower."
And Sarah Crouch said: "Keynsham will never be the same again. Glad it's gone though!"
The clock tower gave its name to the cafe which has been demolished along with the shops, old library and town hall, paving the way for a £36m redevelopment which will be completed by autumn of next year.
It includes new space for shops and restaurants, a new library and One Stop Shop for local public sector services, new streets and spaces for markets and events, and low carbon sustainable council offices.
Meanwhile Keynsham Civic Centre Car Park will close on Monday (January 14) until September.
This temporary closure is to enable Bath & North East Somerset Council to refurbish and extend the car park as part of the redevelopment scheme. The council says that by closing the car park at this early stage of the project it will be able to reopen the middle and lower levels more quickly. The higher level will remain closed for the duration of the project.
The council says it has listened to concerns from local traders and is increasing the number of free green parking bays in Ashton Way Car Park from 17 to 30 for the full duration of the redevelopment works with the bays moving to the area of the car park closest to the existing library and shops in Temple Street to support traders during this period.
In addition the council is increasing the maximum amount of time that people can park from two hours to four hours.
See our timeline of the demolition of Keynsham town centre