Issue 5 Could 'Dis Be Cane Shum A Different View Of Keynsham www.caneshum.co.uk March 2004
SOFA, SO GOOD, SO NOW WHAT?

The 'Comfy Motorists' scheme in full effect (Click to enlarge)
The 'Comfy Motorists' scheme  
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Keynsham residents have called for the town's recent 'Comfy Motorists' experiment to be made permanent following a successful trial period held at the former Cannock's site throughout December 2003.

Archaeologists have been excavating the area on and off for the past four months in a search for the former listed building that once stood nearby, causing traffic chaos at peak times. Keynsham Town Council - plagued by complaints from angry motorists - introduced seating arrangements to lighten the mood at the jam hotspot, much to the delight of the bored drivers queued at the traffic lights.

Andy Couch, a spokesperson commenting on the furniture - a three-seater leather sofa and an armchair - told us: "Originally the plan was to build a mini-bypass over the Crown Fields, but it frequently floods so we opted for Plan B instead. We made a quick trip to the Sofa Project in the KTC van, shelled out twenty notes and the problem was solved."

Caution: Men At Rest
Traffic chaos
The total cost of the scheme was in excess of 300 after external advice was called in regarding the finer points of the project's positioning. Mr Couch continued: "We contacted a local Feng Shui expert and she recommended that we place the armchair facing the railway line in order to maximise its calming potential. She was a bit expensive, but that might have been because we got her to sort out the office too. We ended up moving the photocopier as a result."

The 'Comfy Motorists' trial ended just after Christmas, but contrary to previous reports, the Town Council were not responsible for curtailing the scheme. Mr Couch concluded: "We had planned to continue providing this luxury seating for agitated motorists, but the sofa was stolen in late December and the armchair fell apart when the rains came in January."

Furniture last hit the headlines when a kitchen dining table was discovered on Mars by NASA's successful Spirit mission. Albert Mills


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