Public art ‘re-think’ called for

Conservative councillors in Keynsham have called for a ‘complete re-think’ over a proposed public art project planned as part of the town centre redevelopment.

They think the Council needs to listen to public feedback and go back to the drawing board on the current proposals.

imagesThe calls come after the results of a public consultation undertaken in August revealed that only a tiny fraction of respondents were supportive of the sculpture’s current design.

Of the 107 responses to the consultation only 14 people said they either liked or really liked the design, with 50 saying they disliked the design and the remaining 43 either unsure or had no strong opinion either way.

In light of the public’s response, Conservative councillors have urged Lib Dem-run B&NES to call a temporary halt to the project and come up with new design options.  They have said the Council should instead concentrate on bringing forward design proposals for a new clock in the town centre.images-1

Keynsham councillor Brian Simmons (Cons, Keynsham North), said:

“It’s clear from the public’s reaction so far and the results of the consultation that the art project’s current design is not popular amongst most residents.

“B&NES needs to listen to this feedback and have a complete rethink of this art project.  They should go back to the drawing board and come back with options taking on board the comments made by the public.

“One of the main things people have said throughout the town centre redevelopment is that they would like to see a new Town Clock to replace the old clock tower.  Rather than spending more money on a controversial art project, the Council should consider putting this towards bringing forward designs for a new clock instead.  If there is money left over, they can then look at an additional art feature as well.”


Director’s Note:

Apparently, the consultation on the proposed design for the public art project was undertaken between the 5th and 16th August 2013, with the designs on display in Keynsham Library and Keynsham Town Council window.

Feedback slips were collected on 19th August 2013. The results of the consultation were as follows:

A total of 107 slips were received of which:

Really Like: 14, neither like nor dislike 13, unsure 30 and dislike 50.

One would suggest that very few of the people of Keynsham actually bothered to have any say over the matter at all.

images-2Why is nothing being done to properly reflect Keynsham’s illustrious past? Roman and mediaeval or why not just restore the word “SOMERDALE” before it disappears completely from the side of the railway embankment.