Conservative candidate Liz Richardson has been elected the new councillor for the Chew Valley North ward on Bath and North East Somerset Council, gaining over 50% of the vote.
Liz has thanked local residents for their support and has pledged to champion the interests of the Chew Valley on B&NES Council, working with the area’s Parish Councils for the benefit of all residents in the area.
Liz has promised to keep to the priorities she set out in her election campaign, which included defending the local Greenbelt and protecting local services. Liz has said that one of her first priorities will be to work with her fellow Conservative councillors to fight plans by B&NES Council which could see parking charges introduced in Chew Magna.
Cllr Richardson said:
“I’m naturally delighted with the election result and would like to thank local residents for their kind support and the trust they have put in me to be their local councillor. Whichever way people chose to cast their vote in this election, I am here to represent all local residents and the whole community in Chew Valley North. I will aim to be an approachable and accessible local councillor who champions the interests of our beautiful rural and village communities within the Chew Valley.
“One of my first priorities on being elected will be to fight the prospect that B&NES could implement parking charges at the Pelican car park in Chew Magna. Residents have told me that they believe this would harm local traders and increase parking problems on nearby residential roads, and I will be calling on B&NES to abandon these plans.”
B&NES Conservative Group Leader Cllr Francine Haeberling has welcomed Liz to the Council’s Conservative Group. Cllr Haeberling said:
“I know that Liz will make an outstanding councillor for Chew Valley North and an excellent addition to Bath and North East Somerset Council. This was a hard fought by-election and I congratulate Liz on her fantastic result.”
Liz lives with her family in the Chew Valley and was previously a leading member of the Stanton Wick Action Group, which campaigned to protect local Greenbelt from plans for a large traveller site in the village. Liz has a degree in Engineering and an MA in Interactive Multimedia from Bath Spa University. She currently works in web design having previously worked in the Aerospace industry.