Tory call for more consultation on Riverside complex in Keynsham
Conservative councillors are calling for more details to be made public about the future of the Riverside complex in Keynsham.
The political group has said it wants Bath and North East Somerset Council to consult with members of the public on its plans for the office block and leisure centre before any final decisions are made.
According to the councillors residents and businesses feel they are being kept in the dark about the Liberal Democrat-run council's plans for the site.
Councillor Alan Hale (Con, Keynsham South) said it was essential the redevelopment of the Riverside was approved by the people of Keynsham.
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He said: "We simply cannot have the same situation as we did with the design of the new Town Hall, which has split public opinion, caused major controversy and delayed the project.
"Two issues which are immediately clear is that the current leisure centre should not be closed until a new one has been completed, and additional parking must be created before any is lost to redevelopment."
Fellow Keynsham councillor Marie Longstaff (Con, Keynsham East) said the different options for the future of the site should be put to local people to gather their views.
She said: "This has to be a genuine consultation, where local people are shown various ideas and options for the Riverside site and location of the leisure centre, and not simply presented with a fait accompli."
A B&NES spokesman said the authority was considering all of its options for the site and the relocation of the new leisure centre.
He said: "We anticipate confirming the location of a new leisure facility following a series of consultations with local people and submitting a planning application later in the year.
"Discussions with our partners about the future of the Riverside building and the fire service remain on-going."