WIN in the community
From the outset, Wells Independents' purpose has been to contribute far more to the local community than winning the right to serve on the City Council.
Each of us, whether as councillors or as part of our own private life, gets actively involved wherever we can be useful in as wide a variety of projects and causes as time allows.
And, of course, that’s in addition to the projects that we ourselves initiated – notably the quarterly SOUP! grant-funding lunches and the award-winning Meet & Greet team (now Wells Ambassadors), who welcome coach passengers to our city.
How we've made a
Control of important landmarks, such as the Bishops Barn and the Recreation Ground, has been returned to Wells, and we hope others will follow.
Along with hundreds of local people, WIN volunteers got out and joined the Wells Coronavirus Network, supporting those in most need during lockdown.
A temporary and now a permanent new Post Office facility has been set up in the centre of Wells.
The Wells Neighbourhood Plan gives local people a voice about their particular area. The plan covers housing, transport, heritage, the natural environment, retail, tourism and biodiversity.
The part pedestrianisation of the Market Place, recently completed, has given the centre of Wells a truly ‘café society’ feel, welcomed by visitors, residents and retailers alike.
The Portway Annexe has been purchased for the Community, to provide a centre for local learning, charities, good causes, as well as a home for the council’s Open Spaces team.
In April 2016, WIN launched SOUP! The quarterly programme of fund-raising lunches has so far benefitted 71 good causes in the Wells area.
WIN members are continuing to be involved in the campaign to purchase The Old Deanery, to develop it as a mixed use asset for residents and visitors.
Wells Ambassadors (another WIN initiative) greet visitors to Wells and help them to find and enjoy the city’s many tourist attractions.
What next for WIN in Wells?
The thriving network of volunteers who supported the Wells Coronavirus Network, has been re-named the Wells Community Network CIC. They plan to develop this as a resource for less fortunate Wells residents.
Live Music in Wells is being brought back to life with the help of WIN. The Wellspring project is raising funds for performances in the Market Place this summer, starting on Bank Holiday Monday, May 3rd.
Negotiations continue with Mendip District Council (soon to be wound up as part of the move to a Unitary Authority) for the return of Wells’ assets to be under the direct responsibility of Wells City Council.
The award-winning Wells in Bloom has relaunched this year, and we will soon see the centre of our city decked in colour.