Hal has been a resident of Keynsham since 2000. A member of the Liberal Democrats for several years, he is a firm believer of their liberal values. After serving as a Keynsham town councillor for a year, it inspired Hal to become more involved. If elected to the council, Hal would oppose further building around the Keynsham area until the necessary supporting facilities are provided, such as better roads, the extension of A4174, and bettering public transport services. Hal wants to maintain the protective green belt land, as well as encouraging more business and art initiatives to expand on the success of the Keynsham Music Festival. Both of Hal’s children attended Wellsway School. Hal himself is a graduate of the University of Bath, earning his PhD in Statistics.
Hal has been a researcher, the Director of the Institute of Food Research, and has started a global consulting business in 2000. He is a grower and retailer of Christmas trees in Shepton Mallet. All of his past experiences has confirmed his belief that the people of Keynsham need stronger representation on the BANES council.
Andy Wait is a man of the community. Involved in many different aspects of Bath, Andy is looking forward to helping Keynsham face its challenges. For instance, too many houses are being built without proper infrastructure, and there has been no acknowledgment of the current parking and traffic issues that plague Keynsham. In addition, doctor’s surgeries are far too overcrowded. In order to fix these issues, Andy proposes that there should be no new houses built until roads and parking are improved, allowing free access to the town. The Tories have allowed the quality of life in Keynsham to decline dramatically, and only the Liberal Democrats can fix the damage done. Andy’s previous experience involves a seat on the Management Committee of The Keynsham Music Festival since 1999. From 2011 to 2016, he was the financial director. In 2013, Andy founded KeynshamNow, a group that encourages young people to become involved in local politics. It has become an increasingly powerful voice in town. In addition, Andy is the chair of FAHLAG, which is currently protecting a green space in town.