Liz Ashton has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Berkeley Vale by-election.
A former mayor of Berkeley, Liz has a vast experience of local politics, having campaigned hard on behalf of the town for decades. She has an excellent track record in standing up for local people and local services, fighting to keep banking services in the town, keeping the public toilets open and reducing the amount of agricultural vehicles using the High Street.
She represented Berkeley on the district council between 2012 and 2016.
Liz Ashton said: “Although this election is being held in sad circumstances, it is an honour to have been asked to give Labour voters a voice on the district council.
“A lot of changes are being put forward for the Berkeley Vale area, with new homes on the horizon and the potential to see new jobs developed at the docks and college sites.
“I will listen to local people’s concerns about the developments – it’s vital to ensure those living in Berkeley, Sharpness, Wanswell, Cambridge and Slimbridge receive the best possible deal to benefit their communities if and when any new housing is accepted.
“I shall continue to campaign for improved transport links to Dursley, Gloucester and Bristol, as well as for improved local services for local doctors and schools.”
Labour-led Stroud District Council continues to score high satisfaction ratings with local residents, at 80% at the end of 2018, with 94% of businesses questioned satisfied that the district is a place to do business.
The council’s focus on high quality services and value for money sees Stroud as one of the top four councils in the country for recycling and keeping waste out of landfill.