Nominations reopen

RESIDENTS who would like to become members of Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council are being invited to put themselves forward.

No elections took place for the parish council in May, as only seven candidates were nominated for 12 seats available.

It means there are five vacancies for residents who want to join Ben Burton, James Griffiths, Matt Pitts, Raj Sood, Phillip Abbott, Janet Biggin and Alvis West.

The parish council will now consider applications for the three vacant seats in the Downend ward and two in the Staple Hill ward.

The council has the power to co-opt new members and will consider any applications received before its next meeting on June 15: see its advertisement on page 17 for more details.

Emersons Green Town Council, which covers part of Downend and part of Mangotsfield, also has vacancies after only eight people were nominated for 16 places.

As reported in May’s Voice, Colin Hunt, James Hunt, Alka Mehta-Graham, Pat Morgan, Dave Somers, Simon Budd, Rachael Hunt and Bobbie Sunderland were elected unopposed.

Four candidates were elected unopposed to the four vacancies for the Frenchay ward of Winterbourne Parish Council: Adrian Collins, Paul Kembery, Jeremy Kinsey and Charles Watkins.