News from Walcot ward – Councillor Lisa Brett stands down


Councillor Lisa Brett has announced that she is standing down after six years as Liberal Democrat Councillor for Walcot Ward. Lisa will be moving to America with her family and plans to work on women’s rights issues globally. The Liberal Democrats have selected local campaigner Richard Samuel (pictured, with Lisa Brett) as their candidate for the forthcoming by-election.

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Reflecting on her time as Councillor, Lisa said:

"I’m sad to be leaving Bath, and Walcot ward. I’ve been proud to serve this community over the past six years. The best moment was probably when the London Road Regeneration was agreed by the Lib Dem Council. This community-led project was the single biggest investment in Walcot ward for a century and saw an influx of private investor money which has greatly improved the whole area."

Richard Samuel added:

"Walcot is a delightful place to live and Lisa has been a fantastic councillor over the past six years. It is an honour to have been selected by the Liberal Democrats to carry on Lisa’s work.

"Air quality along the London Road will be a key campaign issue for me. London Road is one of the most polluted areas in the country and the Conservatives’ idea of a park and ride will not solve that, we need to look at other alternatives. I am calling for a proper, up-to-date transport study to be done."

Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of the Lib Dems on B&NES Council, said:

"Lisa has been a fearless campaigner for her community and has produced results that have made a real difference to residents here. Richard Samuel will be a strong voice for Walcot, who will continue to fight for residents and stand against the Tory Council’s programme of cuts."

About Richard:

  • Chair of the Camden Residents Association.
  • Worked in local government for 40 years.
  • Experience of health, housing and regeneration issues.
  • Trustee of Citizens’ Advice Bath.
  • Campaigning to tackle air pollution.

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