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Kingswood_CC_petition.jpgConservative councillors in South Gloucestershire have voted to confirm their preference to move the Council out of Kingswood Civic Centre despite a 1,675 name petition opposing the move.

Tories confirm preference to close Kingswood Civic Centre

Conservative councillors in South Gloucestershire have voted to confirm their preference to move the Council out of Kingswood Civic Centre despite a 1,675 name petition opposing the move. Read more

Woodstock_-_Pat_Rooney.jpgLabour councillors in South Gloucestershire will seek to protect a number of key service areas after budget papers show a small surplus of £1 million in the Council’s finances for the next two years. Explaining the move, Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney says:

Labour aims to protect key budgets

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire will seek to protect a number of key service areas after budget papers show a small surplus of £1 million in the Council’s finances for... Read more

Labour’s spokesperson on finance issues at South Gloucestershire Council has criticised the ruling Conservatives’ first budget, saying that its only ambition is to attack the poorest.

Labour finance chief slams Tory budget plans

Labour’s spokesperson on finance issues at South Gloucestershire Council has criticised the ruling Conservatives’ first budget, saying that its only ambition is to attack the poorest. Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are expressing disappointment that the district’s ruling Conservatives have tonight voted through cuts to Police Community Support Officers and public toilets. The Tories also voted for a programme that is likely to lead to the closure of at least two libraries in the district.

Loo, library and police support savings forced through

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are expressing disappointment that the district’s ruling Conservatives have tonight voted through cuts to Police Community Support Officers and public toilets. The Tories also voted... Read more

Staple Hill’s Labour councillors have joined other local activists in celebrating the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.6 million towards an ambitious scheme to regenerate Page Park. Councillor Shirley Potts was the founder of the Friends of Page Park and she joined her colleague Ian Boulton and other members of the Friends to welcome the news.

Staple Hill park awarded millions

Staple Hill’s Labour councillors have joined other local activists in celebrating the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.6 million towards an ambitious scheme to regenerate Page Park.... Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are criticising the ruling Conservatives for turning a serious proposal to support measures to reduce food waste in supermarkets into a party political attack on their opponents.

Tories slammed for petty food fight

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are criticising the ruling Conservatives for turning a serious proposal to support measures to reduce food waste in supermarkets into a party political attack on... Read more

Labour Group’s former Deputy Leader, Terry Walker, was appointed an Honorary Alderman of South Gloucestershire at a special council meeting last night. Terry retired from the Council in May of this year, having served the Kings Chase ward continuously for 34 years on Avon County and South Gloucestershire Councils. During this time he also chaired Avon Fire Authority with great distinction.

Council honours Terry Walker

Labour Group’s former Deputy Leader, Terry Walker, was appointed an Honorary Alderman of South Gloucestershire at a special council meeting last night. Terry retired from the Council in May of... Read more

A leading Labour member of South Gloucestershire Council has tabled an urgent question for this Wednesday's Council meeting following recent news that BAE Systems had sold Filton Airfield to Malaysian developers YTL. YTL's UK development chairman is Colin Skellett, who also chairs the Local Economic Partnership which has a leading role in supporting enterprise areas including Filton.

Filton Airfield sale - Labour asks urgent question

A leading Labour member of South Gloucestershire Council has tabled an urgent question for this Wednesday's Council meeting following recent news that BAE Systems had sold Filton Airfield to Malaysian... Read more

The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors is set to ask the Council’s Conservative leader how he is reconciling the government’s growing insistence on a Metro Mayor with the council’s stated policy of opposition to the creation of this post.

Tory Leader to be asked about Metro Mayor

The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors is set to ask the Council’s Conservative leader how he is reconciling the government’s growing insistence on a Metro Mayor with the council’s... Read more

Pat_Rooney_Kerry_McCarthy.jpgSouth Gloucestershire councillors will be asked to support actions to reduce the amount of food wasted in the supply chain when they meet next week. Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney has tabled a motion for the Council meeting on 9 December backing efforts by Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy to legislate to reduce the amount of food wasted, which a Parliamentary Select Committee has described as "unacceptably high". She will be asking the Council to promote food waste reduction campaigns and calling on local MPs to back Ms McCarthy's Bill.

PHOTOGRAPH - Cllr Pat Rooney with Kerry McCarthy MP

 

Speaking when moving the Bill in Parliament, Kerry McCarthy explained:

"This Bill is not primarily about household food waste, on which the public focus tends to be. More than half the food wasted is wasted by the food industry across the supply chain, and that is my focus today. In the UK we distribute only 2% of our fit-for-consumption surplus food. France redistributes 20 times more, so we could do an awful lot better.

Waste in the supermarket chain is generated because of things such as poor demand forecasting, over-ordering or cosmetic requirements -  the need for fruit and vegetables to be free from visual imperfections. An estimated 20% to 40% of perfectly edible UK fruit and veg is rejected by supermarkets before it even reaches the shops."

 

Councillor Pat Rooney (Woodstock ward) comments:

"I very much hope that all colleagues on the Council will support this motion, which has cross-party backing in Parliament. The data that Kerry has exposed about the level and causes of food waste should shock us all. Her Bill would require large supermarkets and manufacturers to publish and transparently report their food waste across the supply chain, and to meet targets for reducing their food waste.

I am calling on the Council to publicise the issue of food waste and raise awareness among our residents, and to ask the district's MPs to back the Bill when it returns to Parliament in January."

Council set to discuss waste of food

South Gloucestershire councillors will be asked to support actions to reduce the amount of food wasted in the supply chain when they meet next week. Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat...

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