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The new Labour councillors for Kings Chase ward today met up with managers from Bristol Water to be briefed on the progress made and the work still needed following a major water main burst last September that affected residents at Fisher Road in Kingswood. Labour councillor Bill Bowrey, who has since retired, was quickly on the scene on the evening of the incident and helped distribute essential provisions and liaised with the council’s senior officials.

Councillors survey Fisher Road progress

The new Labour councillors for Kings Chase ward today met up with managers from Bristol Water to be briefed on the progress made and the work still needed following a... Read more

The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors has described the narrow defeat of Sam Scott in Patchway in Thursday’s local election as “a loss to the whole Council”.

Sam Scott defeat "a loss to the whole Council"

The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors has described the narrow defeat of Sam Scott in Patchway in Thursday’s local election as “a loss to the whole Council”. Read more

Labour’s education lead councillor in South Gloucestershire has expressed his shock and disappointment that the two Coalition parties failed to defend their education policies at a public meeting held last night.

The National Union of Teachers staged the education hustings event in Kingswood yesterday, but only Labour’s Jo McCarron and representatives from UKIP, the Greens and TUSC attended to answer questions from teachers, parents and the general public on their education policies. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates did not attend or send a replacement to spell out their policies for the future, or defend their record in government.

Shock at Coalition's education no show

Labour’s education lead councillor in South Gloucestershire has expressed his shock and disappointment that the two Coalition parties failed to defend their education policies at a public meeting held last... Read more

[Councillors Pat Apps and Bill Bowrey at the campsite with some of the local children] 

 

Councillors pay for children's holiday

[Councillors Pat Apps and Bill Bowrey at the campsite with some of the local children]    Read more

The leaders of the Labour councillors on three West of England councils have jointly announced the publication of their respective manifestos for the local elections on 7 May, demonstrating their close working relationship. One third of the council seats on Bristol City Council is up for election whereas every seat is up for grabs on its neighbouring councils.

Local Labour Leaders promise closer working

The leaders of the Labour councillors on three West of England councils have jointly announced the publication of their respective manifestos for the local elections on 7 May, demonstrating their... Read more

Local councillors have welcomed a decision to allow work to start on the first phase of road safety measures on a notorious Kingswood rat-run. Residents of Tenniscourt Road, which contains a secondary school with a primary school set to open this autumn, have long fought for measures to slow the traffic on their residential street. They have been supported by their local Labour councillors, who have argued for over two years to get the road prioritised in South Gloucestershire Council’s road safety programme. This has been a convoluted process, as funds have to be allocated and local people consulted before any work can commence.

Kingswood road safety work approved

Local councillors have welcomed a decision to allow work to start on the first phase of road safety measures on a notorious Kingswood rat-run. Residents of Tenniscourt Road, which contains... Read more

Terry Walker, former MP for Kingswood and a councillor for the town for the past 34 years, is to retire at the council election in May.

Labour’s Leader in South Gloucestershire, Councillor Pat Rooney, paid fulsome praise to Terry at his last Council meeting last night, describing his contribution as “tremendous”.  The full text of Cllr Rooney’s speech is overleaf.

Terry Walker won election to the House of Commons in both elections held in 1974, participating in the exciting parliamentary events when Labour governed without a majority. He very narrowly lost the seat in 1979, and his public service was since been performed in local bodies.

Terry was elected to Avon County Council in 1981 and remained a member until its demise. In the same year he took the helm as chair of Avon Fire Authority, a position he has held ever since. He has been a councillor for the Kings Chase ward on South Gloucestershire Council for the entirety of the authority’s existence.

Terry Walker to retire

Terry Walker, former MP for Kingswood and a councillor for the town for the past 34 years, is to retire at the council election in May. Labour’s Leader in South... Read more

Labour councillors in a part of Kingswood are today celebrating the award of a further £50,000 for a second phase of traffic calming on a notorious Kingswood hotspot, following a long-running campaign. Tenniscourt Road is a residential street that also houses a school and fire station. It is a rat-run for motorists wishing to by-pass the Ring Road, with heavy goods vehicles also routinely using it, and residents have been actively campaigning for safety measures to reduce and slow the traffic on the road.

Councillors celebrate road safety funding

Labour councillors in a part of Kingswood are today celebrating the award of a further £50,000 for a second phase of traffic calming on a notorious Kingswood hotspot, following a... Read more

Labour councillors in one part of Kingswood are today celebrating the success of their work to improve open space facilities in their ward. The councillors for Kings Chase ward attended the opening of a further phase of open space improvements at Kingsmeadow Green, which they have been pursuing for over two years. Work has taken place over that time to enhance the area for local residents, and the latest improvements include an ‘activity zone’ (outdoor gym), slide, supernova carousel (roundabout), basket swing, carved seating, along with bulbs and trees, a natural goal ‘kickabout’ area.

Kingswood councillors celebrate improvements

Labour councillors in one part of Kingswood are today celebrating the success of their work to improve open space facilities in their ward. The councillors for Kings Chase ward attended... Read more

Labour’s leader in South Gloucestershire today outlined the Labour Group’s priorities for the council’s budget in the next financial year. In the debate on the budget at the council’s Policy & Resources Committee this afternoon, she highlighted the huge financial pressure being faced by the council, and stated that desperate times require desperate measures.

Budget: “desperate times, desperate measures”

Labour’s leader in South Gloucestershire today outlined the Labour Group’s priorities for the council’s budget in the next financial year. In the debate on the budget at the council’s Policy... Read more

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