October Column: Councillor Gill Hellier

Published on: 02 Oct 2012

October Column: Councillor Gill Hellier

Councillor Gill HellierSeptember has been a very busy month. The second Youth Fest took place in the town, which included a parade organised by Quest with the Olympic Battle for the Winds Bus.

The park was full of young people enjoying themselves, Bristol Rugby, Bath Rugby and Keynsham FC all gave coaching lessons and Keynsham Bowls Club organised taster sessions. I even tried the art of bell ringing.

The Bandstand was the venue for music and dance – all helped on by the glorious autumn sunshine. Much praise to Mark Willcox and his Youth Team for this festival.

At the end of September, we also heard that we had gained a silver award in South West in Bloom and we are hoping that more schools and communities will enter the Your Neighbourhood Awards next year. There are some fantastic projects already happening in the town so please, please enter next year.

Keynsham in Bloom awards were given during an evening at St John’s Hall where the garden and allotment winners were all shown on a screen, which was a brilliant addition to the evening – must buy a bigger screen for next year for those myopic gardeners like myself!

Keynsham Regeneration focus group, together with the architects and B&NES officers, all worked hard during the month to bring revised designs to the pitch of the roofs and cladding on the proposed new buildings.

These were brought before the Town Council at a meeting at the end of September. The new designs were given unanimous approval and will be approved, hopefully, by the B&NES planning committee at the end of October so that the regeneration can start.

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