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.
Connecting Kingswood is a partnership between South Gloucestershire Council and lead community groups in Kingswood. It aims to bring together the different strands of work across health, education, employment and crime to strengthen and grow Kingswood’s local community. It involves the local councillors, police and health services, statutory bodies and voluntary groups all working together.
Pat Apps has a track record going back over a decade of being at the heart of Kingswood’s important community organisations. Pat worked on the Cossham Project Board which oversaw the refurbishment of the community hospital and is closely associated with the Kingswood Bus Project for young people and the Kingsmeadow Community Flat.
Roger Berry says:
“It has been a pleasure working with so many partners to get the best for Kingswood and its residents. The future will not be easy as local bodies are facing more austerity cuts, but Pat Apps is a seriously good choice to be chair because of her great experience and commitment, not least as a previous Kingswood councillor for many years.”
The Leader of Labour’s councillors in South Gloucestershire, Councillor Pat Rooney (Woodstock ward) says:
“I should like to thank Roger Berry for his enthusiasm, energy and encouragement as chair of Connecting Kingswood over the past two-and-a-half years. I wish him and the Avon & Bristol Law Centre well in his new role.
Kingswood faces some testing challenges over the coming months and years. Kingswood Civic Centre is now under threat and we have just lost the Soundwell Campus and the promise of a Minor Injury Unit at Cossham Hospital. Those of us who are committed to the town will need to support Pat and Connecting Kingswood in trying to retain services and civic pride in our area.”