Councillor for Keynsham East
Correspondence Address: 43 Manor Road, Keynsham, BS31 1RB
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0117 986 3590 / 0778 643 6656
Hal has been a resident of Keynsham since 2000. Both of his children attended Wellsway School. Hal himself is a graduate of the University of Bath, earning his PhD in Statistics in 1977. Hal has been a researcher in methods to measure consumer perception of foods and beverages and edited the major journal in this field for 20 years. He was the Director of the Institute of Food Research, and started a global consulting business in 2000. He is a grower and retailer of Christmas trees on the Mendips.
A member of the Liberal Democrats for several years, he is a firm believer in their liberal values. After serving as a Keynsham town councillor for a year, Hal was inspired to become more involved and was elected as ward councillor in 2019. Hal is a member of the BANES planning committee and the BANES and West Of England Combined Authority Scrutiny Panels.
Also elected to the Keynsham Town Council in 2019, he is a member of the Environment and Sustainability committee, the Events, Arts, Tourism and Heritage committee and is Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee .
At the time of writing Hal is opposing further building around the Keynsham area until the necessary traffic mitigation facilities are provided, such as segregated cycle lanes, the extension of A4174 to Whitchurch, and improved public transport services. Hal wants to maintain the protective green belt land, as well as encouraging more business and art initiatives to support the evolution of Keynsham High Street into a 21st Century success story.
Hal writes: “For me it has been about climate change, transport and planning and these are all consuming. However there are still too many issues to fix on my street in our ward that need day to day attention and we must try to make these right as well. Another on-going issue is speeding and we are hoping to get a community speedwatch group going in the autumn of 2021.”