Two new Parish Councillors

The village has two new Parish Councillors taking East Keswick Parish Council up to its full strength of seven, and for the first time the Council has many more females than males.

When a vacancy occurs between elections, the Council has the authority to co-opt or appoint new Councillors to run for the period until the next election.

Gemma King moved to School Lane in January 2015 and is ‘proud to be part of this village and passionate about protecting it’. She grew up in Scarcroft and lived in North Leeds before moving to the village with her husband nearly four years ago and now have a young son.  She is a Paediatric Physiotherapist with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Her interest with the Parish Council grew when she shared its opposition to the then proposed additional rear car park of the Village Hall along with 82 other objectors who took the trouble to lodge their planning opposition in writing.

Sharing that concern was the second new Parish Councillor, Laura Haigh. Laura told us ‘I grew up in East Keswick and enjoyed a wonderful childhood here so I know how important village life is. My partner and I moved back into my family home a few years ago and undertook a substantial renovation project on the property to make it our own and we are really happy here’.

‘Having worked in the property industry for 12 years, I am now a Business Manager at a local primary school. During my career I have worked in a variety of management positions, being responsible for budgets of large residential developments along with managing building and refurbishment projects.  I am passionate about the village and working to ensure it continues to be looked after’.

Andrew Batty, Chairman of East Keswick Parish Council said he was delighted to welcome the two new councillors to the team. ‘One great strength of the Parish Council is it keeps regenerating with the addition of new young and committed villagers as well as a few stalwarts like Judith and myself. It’s good to get the Council back up to full strength to cope with its varied workload’.