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Central Kingswood residents will now benefit from their Labour councillors being out and about in the town centre as they begin to trial open air surgeries in the main shopping area. The councillors already hold surgeries at the local library and schools, as well as ‘street surgeries’ where they visit particular roads, and this is another way of meeting residents and discussing local issues with them.

Labour won't turn its back on Kingswood

Central Kingswood residents will now benefit from their Labour councillors being out and about in the town centre as they begin to trial open air surgeries in the main shopping... Read more

The councillor who chaired South Gloucestershire Council’s Health Committee until May’s election has criticised the local NHS’s initial plans for minor injury provision in Kingswood as “woefully inadequate”Councillor Ian Scott (Labour, Filton) made the comment after seeing the NHS’s plans for providing services across the GP surgeries in the district.

Former chair criticises minor injury plans

The councillor who chaired South Gloucestershire Council’s Health Committee until May’s election has criticised the local NHS’s initial plans for minor injury provision in Kingswood as “woefully inadequate”.  Councillor Ian... Read more

Labour’s councillors in South Gloucestershire have launched a petition to build community opposition to the Conservative council’s plans to close Kingswood Civic Centre, revealed last month. Labour says that the Tories view the building simply as an office block and fail to recognise the role it plays in providing local services, jobs and civic pride.

The plans were announced a fortnight ago, with a memo informing staff that the Conservative council was looking how to “accommodate more staff and facilities, including a council chamber, at Badminton Road”, the authority’s new but hard-to-access office block on the outskirts of Yate. This announcement has stunned staff and councillors, coming just 8 weeks after the Tories assumed control of the council, and following a £6 million refurbishment between 2010 and 2012.

The Labour councillors hope that the petition will enable local people to send a clear message to the Conservative leaders that the Civic Centre must be retained in Kingswood.

In a video announcement, the Leader of Labour’s councillors, Pat Rooney, says:

“Losing this building will be another sign that Kingswood is being downgraded under the Tories. We have already lost Soundwell College and the promise of a Minor Injury Unit at Cossham.

Together let’s send a message that Kingswood Civic Centre is too important to lose.”

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We launch petition to Save Kingswood Civic Centre

Labour’s councillors in South Gloucestershire have launched a petition to build community opposition to the Conservative council’s plans to close Kingswood Civic Centre, revealed last month. Labour says that the... Read more

More than three years after it was supposed to have been installed, councillors in Kingswood are still waiting for Tory-controlled South Gloucestershire Council to install a mini skate park for the young people in the area they represent.

Where's our skate park?

More than three years after it was supposed to have been installed, councillors in Kingswood are still waiting for Tory-controlled South Gloucestershire Council to install a mini skate park for... Read more

Kingswood’s Labour councillors have extended a warm welcome to the new chair of Connecting Kingswood and have pledged to support her in her role of co-ordinating work that is going on in the town. Pat Apps (pictured centre) has taken the reins from former MP Roger Berry, who has stood down after chairing the group for over two years. Roger is moving on to chair the Trustees of the Avon & Bristol Law Centre.

New chair welcomed to Kingswood role

Kingswood’s Labour councillors have extended a warm welcome to the new chair of Connecting Kingswood and have pledged to support her in her role of co-ordinating work that is going... Read more

The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors and the secretary of the Council’s largest trade union have joined forces to argue that the ruling Conservatives should abandon controversial plans to scrap the £36 annual charge for green bins as they would leave a £2 million gap in the Council’s coffers.

Labour & Unison say scrap green bin plan

The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors and the secretary of the Council’s largest trade union have joined forces to argue that the ruling Conservatives should abandon controversial plans to... Read more

Labour has responded to the news that South Gloucestershire’s ruling Conservatives are looking to close Kingswood Civic Centre by pointing to its warnings about the building’s future back in 2011.

Tories set to abandon Kingswood

Labour has responded to the news that South Gloucestershire’s ruling Conservatives are looking to close Kingswood Civic Centre by pointing to its warnings about the building’s future back in 2011.... Read more

Kingswood residents are being encouraged by their Labour councillors to have their say on proposed traffic calming in a number of local streets. South Gloucestershire Council has a policy that its schools should be covered by a 20mph speed limit. This approach is in line with guidance from the Government, which is encouraging local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits or zones in residential areas being used by people on foot or bicycle.

Comments sought on Kingswood speed review

Kingswood residents are being encouraged by their Labour councillors to have their say on proposed traffic calming in a number of local streets. South Gloucestershire Council has a policy that... Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have achieved the first step in a cross-boundary move to agree a positive vision for devolution for the West of England. At last night’s Council meeting, Labour received Conservative and Liberal Democrat backing for a motion proposed by Labour Leader Pat Rooney which called for the devolution of greater powers and resources to the sub-region and set out a positive ambition for the area.

Labour drives devolution debate

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have achieved the first step in a cross-boundary move to agree a positive vision for devolution for the West of England. At last night’s Council meeting, Labour... Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have expressed their disappointment that leading Conservative councillors seem “prepared to hide behind officers”.

Tories "prepared to hide behind officers"

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have expressed their disappointment that leading Conservative councillors seem “prepared to hide behind officers”. Read more

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