The Keynsham Millennium Mosaics have been relocated and renovated following an agreement between Bath & North East Somerset Council and Keynsham Town Council.
The mosaics were created by a community group at the turn of the century to celebrate important milestones over the past 100 years of the town. They were previously displayed in the Town Centre prior to the regeneration project starting. The mosaics are now relocated around Keynsham Memorial Park.
The Town Council has now agreed to adopt the Mosaics. The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Neil Butters, met with the Chairman of Keynsham Town Council, Councillor Gill Hellier to receive a peppercorn payment for the transfer of the Mosaics.
The mosaics have been cleaned and renovated by the original artist Roz Wates and moved by Willmott Dixon – the Council’s town centre regeneration contractors. They depict:
* Keynsham in Roman Times
* Legend of St Keyna
* The Hanging Tree
* Keynsham in Wartime 1939 – 1945
* The Great Storm of 1968
* Fry’s and Cadbury
* Freeman of the town (Marcus Trescothick)
Councillor Neil Butters, Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said, “We are very pleased to handover the mosaics to the Town Council which symbolise the new millennium. There are great changes taking place in Keynsham town centre and both councils will be really pleased to have found a place for these symbols of history.”
Councillor Gill Hellier, Chairman of Keynsham Town Council, said, “We are pleased that a number of the mosaics, which were created by the community for the Millennium, have been repaired and are on display in Keynsham Memorial park; these have been handed over to the Town Council for safe keeping. The Keynsham in Bloom committee will play an active role in maintaining them.
We hope that in future there may be opportunities to replace those that were permanently damaged.”