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Three new parish councillors for Quedgeley after exodus

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

By Michael Wilkinson

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THREE new councillors have been enlisted to Quedgeley Parish Council after an exodus of people.

Numbers were running low at the council until three new arrivals were co-opted on Monday night.

They are Dave Talbot, John Dyde and Alison Paul, who will all represent the Severn Vale area.

The appointments come in the wake of recent resignations by Barry Kirby, who is also a county councillor, Anna Mozol, who is still a city councillor, and former youth worker Terry Pullen. In 2013, Malcolm Homes resigned and newly-appointed councillor Barry Thurnell died after attending just one meeting.

Mr Talbot, who is the editor of the Quedgeley News newsletter and vice chairman of Kingsway Residents Association, said: “I moved from Oxford five years ago and above all I have strong family values.”

He is behind the Big Lunch event which is set to take place on the big field in Kingsway on Sunday, June 1 from noon until 4pm, in which families are encouraging to come together with their neighbours for food and entertainment.

Mrs Paul, who moved to the area from Somerset, added: “I have thought about joining Quedgeley Parish Council for a long time but I feel now the time is right to do it.

“I have always enjoyed voluntary work. It is altruistic but I get pleasure from doing it. I want to be able to give something back.

“I have plenty of opinions and I would like to give my views to influence the decisions around me.”

She is also a mentor for the Prince’s Trust and was a governor at The Crypt School for two years.

Mr Dyde made councillors chuckle at his first meeting by joking: “With a name like mine, I’d probably be best off not joining the cemetery committee.”

The council must fill two-thirds of its 16 seats to keep hold of its quality parish council status. It has now filled 12 of the seats.

It comes as chairman Chris Pearce and vice chairman Graham Smith were reappointed to their roles.

Elections will technically be held in 2015 to re-elect the council, but a lack of interest is likely to see many of the councillors returned without a contest.

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  May 22 2014, 12:19PM

    Very true JemmyWood. It seems to be purely an exercise in ego inflating. Not wanted and not needed.

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 21 2014, 3:57PM

    QPC is a pointless toothless tiger that seems to revel in its own self importance while be champions at wasting our money. An irrelevant layer of tin pot bureaucracy that could be easily wiped away and thus save money.

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