We’ll ‘fight for Filton’ says new council chair

Published on: 27 Jun 2014

Filton Town Council has elected Rikki Teml as its new chairman for what will be the final 12 months before next year’s elections.

The Conygre Independent councillor has told Filtonvoice the Ratepayers Arms - which has a 12-month deadline to break even - enjoyed a successful April and that challenges ahead would include “fighting for Filton” as the airfield plans develop. Rikki Teml

Outgoing chair Darryl Collins was appointed vice-chair.

Cllr Teml said: “I am humbled to have been voted in as chair of Filton Town Council. I would like to thank Darryl Collins for the great job done over the last year and look forward to continuing to work together as Darryl was elected as Vice chair.

I am pleased we are progressing with the playground project and outdoor gym. This is thanks to a lot of hard work from the council staff along with various grants.

Along with this and the Community Garden, Elm Park is delivering on its Fields In Trust status.

Sadly the MUGA has gone on the back burner slightly as funds have been prioritised for the playground as this is something we were able to deliver sooner.

The MUGA is still in our plans and the clerk continues to apply for grants as we recently did with the new homes bonuses.

As has been well publicised we have set a deadline for the Ratepayers Arms to break even. Julie and the team are positively working towards this and have had a very successful April already with further plans in the pipeline to increase the numbers of patrons.

We have lots of challenges ahead with the airfield development and we will continue to fight for Filton during all the consultations.

We will also I am sure feel further effects from the national government cuts which in turn hit South Gloucestershire and then ourselves.

Finally I hope that during the final year of this council that all councillors continue to work together as we approach the elections in 2015 and keep any political arguments out of the meetings so we can work for the good of the community.”

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