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   Councillor Commitments - response from Johnny Kidney    27 April, 2015

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your letter dated 14th April 2015.

My priorities for Bathavon South are informed by my own experiences living in a village in the countryside south of Bath. We face issues such as poor broadband and mobile connectivity, excessive traffic volumes and speeds on country roads, limited access to public transport, fly-tipping and littering. Having received Hinton Charterhouse Parish Council’s strategic objectives, it is clear that we share the same aims for our area and if elected you will have my full support in realising these objectives to make Hinton Charterhouse an even better place to live.

I have highlighted the issues I will seek to face head-on in my top three local priorities:

1. Fighting for a fairer deal for our villages –  I will give our villages a strong voice at Bath’s Guildhall to secure a better deal from B&NES, including investment in high speed broadband and access to public transport.

2. Protect our village way of life – I will work with our Parish Councils to improve local services, to improve road safety through traffic calming measures and to invest in better roads and pavements. I am acutely aware that traffic is of particular concern to your Parish Council, with the village High Street and Branch Road increasingly being used as rat runs, exacerbated by large-scale residential development in Norton St Philip and the current A36 closure.

3. Defend our Green Belt and countryside – I have extensive experience of the development industry and the planning process, experience I will use in fighting to protect our precious Green Belt from inappropriate, unsustainable development. I will also ensure that B&NES does all it can to tackle the fly-tipping and littering which sometimes blight our beautiful countryside.

The villages and countryside south of Bath are a beautiful place to live but they need a strong voice on Bath & North East Somerset Council, which has been a rather city-centric administration under the current administration. I know and like many members of the administration, but I feel their focus is too much on issues in Bath, to the detriment of our rural areas, something that I, as a member of a Conservative administration in the Guildhall, would seek to change. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need anything else from me, or if there is anything I can help with locally.

Yours sincerely,


Johnny Kidney

07805 236480


Twitter: @Johnnykidney

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