Welcome to Keynsham Town Council website

 

 Keynsham Town Council was formed in 1991 to replace Keynsham Urban District Council and aims to provide quality local services, amenities and representation at the best possible standard within a realistic budget. The services and activities that come under the responsibility of the Town Council are detailed on the pages of this website.

The Town Council has a membership of 15 Councillors, with 5 representing each of the 3 Wards Keynsham North Keynsham South and Keynsham East.

 Elections for the Town Council are held every four years and the last elections were in May 2019. Casual vacancies can arise during the four year term and these are either filled via co-option or, if requested by 10 residents, a by-election.


Town Councillors do not receive any payment for being elected Members and offer their time voluntarily for the benefit of the local community.

The Principle (or Unitary) Authority is Bath & North East Somerset Council. It deals with many services including waste collection, council tax, blue badge, parking. highways and environmental issues. B&NES can be contacted via Council Connect on 01225 394041 or by emailing councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk

                                                                       

ANNOUNCEMENT

Cheryl Scott (Town Clerk) has left Keynsham Town Council. We would like to wish her all the best as her career progresses, and thank her for the significant contribution she has made to the work of the Town Council. Whilst Cheryl’s leaving date is 8 July, she will be taking TOIL during her notice period, so yesterday, 30th June 2021, was her last day in the office. 

Dated 1st July 2021

                                          

                                                                                                            

     NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL

                             GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

                        ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

                     Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27

                            The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

 

NOTICE

 

1. Date of announcement Thursday 24th June 2021

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

 

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

 

The Town Clerk, Keynsham Town Council

15-17 Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HF

townclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk

 

commencing on Friday 25 June 2021

 

and ending on:   Thursday 5 August 2021

 

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

 

·         The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and

  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

 

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

 

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:

 

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus,

Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

 

5. This announcement is made by: Dr Cheryl Scott, Town Clerk and RFO

 

                       

                           Further details can be found on the News Page

 

TOWN COUNCIL PLAY AREAS UPDATE

During this current period of heavy usage and wet weather, the grass within the Town Council's Play Areas is becoming very wet and muddy and in some cases irrepairably damaged .

We're sure some parents may be happy for their children to get muddy, however the Town Council is concerned about the slip hazard for both adults and children - especially elderly relatives. 

Whilst the Town Council will do everything it can to keep the play areas open, which will include putting down sand or roping off areas of grass,  there may be some occasions where a play area will have to temporarily close until the weather improves, the grass has a chance to recover and it is safe to walk on for all visitors

The Play Areas are inspected on Monday and Friday mornings and an update will be published below on their status.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE THE PLAY AREAS RESPONSIBLY AND RESPECT ALL THE SAFETY SIGNAGE. 

 


PLAY AREAS LATEST UPDATE AS OF MONDAY 26TH JULY 2021

     

UPPER MEMORIAL PARK                                               OPEN

LOWER MEMORIAL PARK (TODDLERS ONLY)         OPEN

KELSTON PARK                                                               OPEN 

HOLMOAK                                                                        OPEN

DOWNFIELDS                                                                  OPEN

PARK ROAD                                                                     OPEN

MANOR ROAD                                                                 OPEN

TEVIOT ROAD                                                                  OPEN 

 

Latest News

CHANGE OF DATE OF JULY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Published: 8 Jul 21

Please note that the July Town Council Meeting will now be held on Wednesday 28th July 2021 at The Space, Market Walk, Keynsham at 7.30pm. Read More...

LATEST POSITION ON GWR LONG DISTANCE SERVICES

LATEST POSITION ON GWR LONG DISTANCE SERVICES

Published: 14 May 21

Hitachi Rail and Rail Industry agree service recovery plan to get trains back. Read More...

Schedule of Town Council Meetings 2021/2022

MESSAGE FROM B&NES PUBLIC HEALTH

 

We continue to see a high number of COVID-19 cases across Bath and North East Somerset.

The KEYNSHAM Area is particularly high.

Rates across the Keynsham Area have ranged between 580 and 700 new cases per 100,000 in the week up to 16th January

Please everyone - We need your help to get them down .

 

 

It’s very important that now, more than ever, you follow the rules.

· Stay at home and leave only for essential purposes such as:

1. Work – where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home

2. Absolutely necessary shopping

3. Exercise

4. Health care

· It is against the law to meet socially with family and friends, unless they are part of your household or support bubble

· Please exercise responsibly and maintain social distancing at all times – especially in play areas and green spaces

· You must self-isolate if you, or anyone in your household/bubble, has COVID-19, the symptoms of COVID-19, or is waiting for a test result.


Please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.