Bradley Stoke Mayor Tom Aditya elected Chair of South Glos Council’s CEF 

Councillor Tom Aditya, Mayor of Bradley Stoke has been elected the Chairman of the South Glos Council’s Community Engagement Forum Chairs Network. He won the election in a direct contest against another candidate from Boyd Valley. As Chairman of the CEF Network, Councillor Tom Aditya will also sit as a member of the South Glos Council’s Safer and Stronger Communities Strategic Partnership. 

Councillor Tom Aditya has been serving as the Chairman of the Local Community Engagement Forum for Bradley Stoke, Stoke Lodge and the Common. Cllr Aditya thanked Councillor Keith Cranney and other members of the CEF Chairs Network for nominating him to preside over the Community Engagement Forums of the South Gloucestershire region. 

Community Engagement Forums (CEF) have been developed by the South Gloucestershire Council, in partnership with other statutory partner agencies such as the Avon & Somerset Police, Avon Fire & Rescue, the NHS, Public Health, local education authority, town and parish councils and other local organisations. CEF acts as platform to listen and respond to local people’s real issues. People in their communities know best what works for them and what their real needs are. CEF aims to provide a platform for building strong and cohesive communities in which everyone has a real sense of community involvement. 

The CEF promotes pride in the local area as a safe, thriving and pleasant place to live, work and play; helps to empower local people to have a greater voice and influence over local decision making and service delivery by increasing the strength, capacity and engagement of the local community; and initiate ways to reduce crime, disorder and drug and alcohol misuse in the area; and assists to improve the quality of life of people in the local area by identifying community aspirations, needs and local priorities. CEF also support community groups who wish to make a positive difference and improve their own communities, and promotes community engagement initiatives. 

South Gloucestershire which covers an area of 496.94 square kms and a population of over 300,000 (as per latest estimates), is an engineering and technological hub of the UK, and provides base for the Ministry of Defence Headquarters for Defence Procurement and the Naval Support Command, the Airbus, Rolls Royce, GKN Aerospace, the Royal Mail, Friends Provident, Hewlett Packard, EE, RAC and many such employers. Demographically, 97.6 percent of the population was described at the last census as white, 0.8 percent as dual heritage, 0.7 percent as Asian or Asian British, 0.4 percent as Black or Black British and 0.5 percent as Chinese or other. 

The whole of the South Gloucestershire area, which elects 61 councillors to the South Glos Council has been grouped into 14 Community Engagement Forums (Map enclosed). Each Community Engagement Forum has got its own elected Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons. All the Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons of all the 14 CEFs form the Chairs Network of the Community Engagement Forum. There are a team of council officers specially assigned to support the work of all the Community Engagement Forums. For more information, please click https://www.southglos.gov.uk/community-and-living/stronger-communities/community-engagement-forums/ 

After been elected, Cllr Tom Aditya said “I wish to strengthen the community engagement at the grass root level through neighbourhood discussions and to improve its efficiency, effectiveness and participation, and to bring back face to face meetings”. 

Tom during the last 12 years as councillor representing Bradley Stoke, served as Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Spokesperson and held Chairmanship of various committees, such as the Planning and Environment Committee, the Finance Committee and the Staffing Committee. He also served as the council representative for the Avon Local Councils Association, the International Twinning Committee, the Library Committee, the Anti-Hate-Crime Committee, and the Almondsbury Airbase Forum. Cllr Aditya spearheads various community litter-picking campaigns in the neighbourhood, and also serve as chairman of the Conservative Party. 

Since 2007, Cllr Aditya has been involved in various public offices in South West England. Tom is chairman of the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum, an equality organisation that works for inter-faith and inter-cultural social harmony and promotes community well-being. He is a civic representative of the Bristol University Court, the West of England Community Transport Committee, and the West of England Community Leaders Group. He is also part of the Avon and Somerset Police Scrutiny Panel, and the Police Strategic Advisory Panel, which covers the Greater Bristol and Somerset region. Cllr Aditya is renowned as a social justice advocate, policymaker, management consultant and speaker. 

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