It’s hard to believe that we’re over 3 years into my second term as a Coleshill Town Councillor. I think most people would agree that the Council has changed beyond recognition since 2011, most notably by the fact that for the first time ever the Council is completely gender balanced with 5 women and 5 men. In 2011, 9 of the 10 Councillors were male!
Even though the elections are just 10 months away, the Town Council is continuing to press on with delivering its four-year plan. The plan, agreed in 2015, set out what we wanted to achieve for local people both in terms of improving the facilities we have, investing in new services and making the Council run smoother, cutting costs where we can and ensuring we meet all of our legal obligations.
I hope people find these columns useful as a way of updating them on what the Town Council is doing. Most recently the Council has agreed a quote to replace the windows at the Town Hall as part of a long-term plan to ensure the building continues to be a really valuable community asset. The windows should be installed over the summer and will be done so to not cause disruption to our users.
The Council has also agreed to move the Coleshill Hub, which currently occupies the first floor of the Town Hall, to the ground floor, replacing Perfect Harmony who after many years are leaving the premises. The Hub, on the ground floor, will provide a fantastic opportunity for even more people to access even more services.
Since the Hub opened in 2012, it’s gone from strength to strength, bringing new services to the town and in some cases, being the only place in the whole Borough where you can access some of these services. The newly located Hub, with its own separate entrance, will provide the opportunity for the Hub to expand into new ventures so please watch this space. The Council has also discussed how the Hub can do more to promote our town and to provide ‘tourism’ signposting to both residents and visitors. The opportunities here are really exciting and although the Council continues to fund the Hub, we are always reliant on volunteers to spare some time to come and support what we do. If you’re interested in finding out more, please email email@example.com
The Town Council is also continuing to progress our cemetery expansion plans and we hope the planning permission will be granted by the Borough Council in the next few weeks. We can then begin work on extending the cemetery so that residents of Coleshill can be buried in their own town.
The Council are also continuing to invest in outdoor land, with the summer fast approaching, we’ve begun the watering of Coleshill in Bloom planters and we’re again investing in our parks and open spaces. We’ve just agreed to fund a replacement ‘accessible’ roundabout in the Memorial Park so that wheelchair users are able to be part of this fantastic facility which is on top of the accessible swing installed at the Community Centre Park.
And whilst we’re on the subject of parks, a lot of local people have raised the issue of Cole End Park with me and we have some good news. The development of Church Hill has secured us over £25,000 to invest in Cole End Park, both in some new play equipment and in improving the access alongside the river. This will be on top of the funding secured a couple of years ago to install new benches and signage.
If you have any questions, or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my via phone on 07539 196 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org