Councillor Roger Avenin was elected as the new mayor for Bradley Stoke on Wednesday 20th May. He has kindly found some time in his busy schedule to answer some of our questions, so that the readers of The Journal may get to know him a little better.
Roger, a retired accountant in the MOD, is married with one son. He moved into Bradley Stoke nearly 25 years ago when the town was still in its infancy. At that time, neither Bradley Stoke Way nor Brook Way were completed and the town was divided into North and South; over time he has seen it develop into a fully cohesive town.
We asked Roger what he thinks about Bradley Stoke as a place to live: “I believe that Bradley Stoke is now a good place to be, with numerous clubs and societies, good schools, excellent council facilities and a thriving town centre and leisure centre, although the last two took a considerable time to materialise! Bradley Stoke also has good road and rail links and affords its residents good access to other parts of the country.”
Roger has been a town councillor since 2007, representing Lakeside at first and now representing Baileys Court. He has served as the Chair of Finance for three years and last year he was Deputy Chair of Council. This year he was very pleased to also be elected to the district council and he is looking forward to his new role, although he admits he is “on a fairly steep learning curve”.
When asked about his achievements as a town councillor, Roger said: “My main focus has been in achieving value for money for the residents and I think we have achieved this with continuous freezing, over the last five years, of the precept (the town council’s share of your council tax).”
As mayor for the coming year, Roger believes that some further youth provision is needed and he is looking forward to the building of the new state-of-the-art skate park. He hopes this will address the need for facilities for older children in the town. He does not think that wide scale change is needed in the town and his main focus will be on trying to preserve the status quo.
His main concern regarding the development of Bradley Stoke is the significant increase in traffic: “The MetroBus project is intended to reduce traffic, but I believe that when the Stoke Gifford By-Pass is completed, even more traffic will be funnelled down Bradley Stoke Way. Some solution to mitigate this needs to be found, but sadly this is not in the remit of the town council.”
Roger has not yet formally decided which charities he intends to support over the coming year, but he will notify The Journal as soon as this has been finalised.
Although Roger has a very full and busy retirement fulfilling his council duties, he does find time to relax. A keen sportsman in his younger days, he now enjoys playing golf and can be found occasionally playing a round at the Woodlands Golf and Country Club course on Trench Lane.
We wish Cllr Avenin a happy and successful year in office.
This article originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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