Involvement in the local community has been a key part of Pat Edwards’s life whether through the local residents’ association, as a charity trustee or as a champion of various specific initiatives as a councillor. She currently represents Barton ward, where she lives and where she brought up her daughter.
Leading for the Labour group of councillors on the controversial Local Plan has been a challenge, but her position is best summed up as buses, cycling and walking, not new roads, or Ghent like zones. Driving through this alternative strategy is crucial.
Equally Pat’s chairing of a community friends group bringing together various local conservation interests to protect Old Park & Chequers Wood has been a success. Her focus on green spaces as part of the bio-diversity working group will bring benefits to the whole district.
A career as a Home Office civil servant has brought Pat a keen perspective on the roles of both local and national government, and a real understanding of the reality of constraints and opportunities which each bring.
Her aim as a local councillor is to carry on improving the lives of residents by resolving problems – waste, noise, rubbish, as well as tenancy and parking issues.
Safety in our district is a priority for Pat and she believes greener and cleaner values should drive our future vision with a particular emphasis on protection of the World Heritage Sites, green spaces and improving the city offer for residents and visitors alike.
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