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Councillors Co-opted

Cllr Stella Parkes (left) and Cllr Sue Fenton (right)

Two new members have been co-opted on to Stroud Town Council.

Stella Parkes will represent Central Ward and Sue Fenton Trinity Ward. Both women will represent the wards until the local elections in May 2021.

Councillor Parkes was a corporate communications manager for two local councils and also worked in the charity sector for 10 years. Now retired she is chair of Stroud Valleys Project board of trustees and on the board of the Biodynamic Land Trust both based in Stroud town centre.

"I believe town and parish councils are the people with the key local knowledge and can work collaboratively with the other tiers of local government to influence important decisions for the town and the surrounding area," she said.

Councillor Parkes, who has lived in the town for more than 35 years, is passionate about keeping the town centre successful and thriving.

"I want to make sure that Stroud town centre can bounce back from the difficult and challenging circumstances we are faced with at the moment," she said.

Councillor Fenton, a freelance writer and editor, was a borough councillor in another area before she moved to Stroud.

"When I heard there was a vacancy on Stroud Town Council it seemed a natural move to agree to stand here, especially as the vacancy was in the ward I live in, so the work is directly relevant to me as a resident," she said.

Councillor Fenton is passionate about protecting the town's green spaces.

"Stroud's far-reaching reputation for social and environmental activism was one of the things that made me want to live here," she said. "I'm looking forward to the chance to get more involved with local issues and activities that will build on that reputation."

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:04 by Admin team

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