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.
The first open air surgery will take place outside Boswells coffee shop in the Chase Shopping Centre from 12:30pm – 1:30pm on Tuesday 25th August.
Councillor Gareth Manson (Woodstock ward) explains:
“Labour councillors already hold fixed point and street surgeries but we want to do more. We have decided to buy some high visibility jackets and, taking a lead from Kingswood’s nonconformist past, hold an open air surgery. There is no election coming up and this is just part of our ongoing commitment to serve residents better.”
The councillors say that Kingswood has been let down in recent months with the closure of Soundwell College, the broken promise of a Minor Injury Unit at Cossham and the announcement that Conservative-controlled South Gloucestershire Council has plans to move out of Kingswood Civic Centre. They have launched a petition against the closure of the Civic Centre and will be encouraging local people to sign this and join them in opposing the plan.
Councillor Pat Rooney (Woodstock ward) says:
“The Conservatives appear to have turned their backs on Kingswood and bad news about fewer local services keeps piling in. At the election Labour promised to be accessible to local people. This new initiative will hopefully bring us into contact with a lot more residents on a regular basis and give them a further opportunity to tell us what they think about the things that are affecting them and their families.”