There was a general election just before Christmas. Everybody will have forgotten about it by now. The result was predicted and the outcome was clear. Yet during that election British people must have walked past literally 1,000s of people sleeping rough on the streets of their towns and cities and thought ‘Fair enough that’. Those on the left who argued that it was Tory austerity to blame were doubted or maybe people thought it wasn’t a problem and that they were alright (Jack). Either way the problem is still here and someone has to deal with it. On the streets of Bridgwater there’s been a spike in the number of rough sleepers – up from a nightly average of 3-5 to a new height of 13-15. So, what’s that all about and what are we doing about it?
At last Thursday’s Bridgwater Town Council meeting, Council Leader Cllr Brian Smedley (Labour,Westover) introduced the towns budget for 2020-21 calling it a ‘progressive budget, making savings not cuts, increasing the workforce, boosting the property portfolio, keeping the precept down, bringing key local services in house and once again elevating the role of the Town Council beyond a mere Parish level and heading in the right direction to our ultimate goal of regaining the powers of the Borough which symbolised the heyday of the town’ . In commending the budget to councillors, who voted it through unanimously, the Leader also paid special tribute to new Town Clerk David Mears whose personal work in reshaping the council’s finances, administration and general organisation was key to the success of the budget.
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their work trying to make Bridgwater a better place during the past 12 months ? Well, if so then why not nominate them for the Bridgwater Cup! The prestigious cup, which was made in London in 1768, is made of silver gilt and is awarded each year by Bridgwater Town Council to someone that their fellow townspeople think has made a significant contribution to the life of the town. To nominate individuals or organisations, all you need to do is submit a suggestion with a short paragraph saying your reasons and then either drop it in to Judi Fisher at the Town Hall Office or emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or sending an envelope clearly marked ‘The Bridgwater Cup- Nominations, Confidential’ to Judi Fisher, Bridgwater Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3AS.
The deadline for 2019-20 entries is February 27th, 2020 and the decision will be taken at the Full Town Council meeting of Thursday March 5th. Continue reading “Nominations for Bridgwater Cup Now Open”