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Four Liberal Democrats join Greenham Parish Council

August 30, 2016 2:51 PM

Four vacancies on Greenham Parish Council are to be filled by four Liberal Democrats.

When nominations closed at 4.00pm on Thursday 25 August 2016, West Berkshire Council had received only four nominations so those candidates were elected unopposed. They are:

Jon Gage , Paul Inman , Dr Meg Thomas ,Balu Sudra

Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrats' Chair, Dr Sue Farrant, commented, "I was astonished that no other political party nor any independent candidate wanted to seize this opportunity to serve the people of Greenham Parish but I know these four new councillors will bring a range of essential skills to the important work of the Council".

Councillors Gage, Inman, Thomas and Sudra join long-standing Liberal Democrats and Greenham Parish Councillors Billy Drummond, Julian Swift-Hook, Arthur Johnson and Phil Barnett as members of Greenham Parish Council.

Councillor Swift-Hook commented, "The Council is at an extremely important stage in its work, struggling to deliver the Control Tower project and with continuing, massive development within and just outside its boundaries. Those are both things that our surveys show residents really care about. Now more than ever, the council needs a fresh injection of skills and energy and Jon, Paul, Meg and Balu will bring a diversity of experience from their different backgrounds as well as a real commitment to the community".

More about the four new councillors
Jon Gage
A resident of Newbury for twelve years, I am a director of a local landscaping materials company. A firm believer in the importance of education for our future generations, I want to campaign for more investment in our schools and will actively support work experience and apprenticeship schemes.
As a member of BBOWT, a keen gardener and an amateur triathlete, I want to maintain and enhance the natural environment in Greenham and the surrounding area. I recognise the benefit people can get from being active outdoors. This is a great place to live and we need to ensure it remains so for everybody in the future.

Paul Inman
I live in Greenham parish with my wife and two-year-old son. I am an IT specialist and my work takes me all over the country (and world) but I love coming home and being able to go with my family up to Greenham Common for the fresh air and open spaces. That is a wonderful resource for local people and very important for wildlife; we must protect the Common and the green areas around it from development.

I wanted to join Greenham Parish Council because I have been saddened by the way the council has been working recently, its secrecy, its in-fighting and its inability to make progress with things that matter to local people. I am prepared to put time and energy into serving the community I am part of. I love the control tower project that was part of a Liberal Democrat vision and I would like to help make this a reality.

Balu Sudra
I was born in Kenya, have always been a British Citizen and have lived and worked the UK since 1968, initially in London and for the last 26 years in West Berkshire. My professional life has been in accountancy and that of my partner in comprehensive education, so I have insights into both the private and the public sectors. Now retired, I relish my new freedom to serve as a Greenham Parish councillor and to undertake other voluntary work, for example, for St. John Ambulance and for the National Trust. I am greatly interested in our local environment in Greenham, finely balanced as it is between town and country and I will work to preserve the best of both.

Meg Thomas
I am originally from Manchester and have lived in Newbury since 1997. I am a retired GP and practised in Newbury until 2009. More recently, I worked in Reading and Swindon. My specialist areas were addiction and women's health and I remain concerned about these issues.

As a Greenham Parish Councillor I will work to deliver the control tower project, protect the green gap between Newbury and Greenham and oppose any further attempts to close children's centres.

I have been active in the Brownies in the past and currently volunteer at West Berkshire Museum and Sandham Memorial Chapel. I am a member of the West Berkshire Campaign for Real Ale.