Benches on the way

WORK to add new benches and planters to Downend’s high street area is set to take place in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year the council removed wooden seating which had been built around trees at the sides of Downend Road and Badminton Road by volunteers on behalf of Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom.

The removal work, funded by Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council, sparked a public protest by one of the volunteers who helped build the seating, Terry Henson.

South Gloucestershire Council has now fixed May 31 as the date that new planters and ‘green screens’, designed to improve air quality and the look of the area, will be installed.

The new benches are expected to be installed immediately afterwards, with the work expected to be completed by June 9.