Wed, 30 Nov 2016
A BY-ELECTION will be held tomorrow (Thursday, December 1) to fill the two vacant seats on Greenham Parish Council.
It has been a turbulent two years for the council.
Six councillors have stepped down in the past four months and there is no guarantee the council will successfully secure the £150,000 loan to finish the control tower visitor centre project.
Four candidates – two Labour and two Liberal Democrats – will be going head-to-head to be elected.
Lindsey Middlemiss (Lib Dem)
LINDSEY Middlemiss has lived in the Greenham area since 2004.
She first moved to Berkshire to go to the University of Reading, where she trained as a meteorologist, although she ended up working mostly in the charitable sector, following a period of illness and disability in her 20s.
Mrs Middlemiss also ran a small national charity, FibroAction, volunteered with West Berkshire Neurological Alliance and worked for a time for the local branch of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
A mother of two children, she works part-time as a doula – offering antenatal, birth and postnatal support to local families – and also volunteers with a number of local organisations, such as the National Childbirth Trust, a local school governing body and West Berkshire Action for Refugees.
In her spare time, she enjoys being in the garden with her children, reading, yoga, walking and running.
Paul Walter (Lib Dem)
PAUL Walter has lived close to Stroud Green, with his family, for 27 years. He regularly jogs and walks his dog on the green and Greenham Common and frequently takes part in the Newbury parkrun.
He has recently retired after working for 35 years as a manager for a computer company with its headquarters in Berkshire.
Mr Walter helps at a nearby day centre for the needy and homeless, and is also a member of a local church choir.
He acts as a collector for a charity, gets involved in community work parties and is a trustee for a non-profit group. He was a community councillor for seven years and a school governor for nine years.
He has recently been collecting views from Greenham residents through a residents survey.
Alex Keegan (Labour)
RONALD Jones is more usually known by his writing name, Alex Keegan.
After serving seven-and-a-half years in the Royal Air Force, he had a varied career, mostly in sales, before moving into computing and running his own computer consultancy.
While working as a consultant for National Westminster Bank, he was involved in the 1988 Clapham Rail Disaster and suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It was then he began to write.
He has since published six books and around 500 stories and articles.
Mr Keegan moved to Newbury in 2000 and lived for 13 years at Lower Farm Court in Greenham parish, then two years near Stroud Green and currently lives in Thatcham Broadway.
He is actively involved in helping retired Gurkha veterans, mainly in Reading, and has recently volunteered with Newbury’s Loose Ends soup kitchen.
He says he is standing because he’s concerned that Greenham Parish Council does not have a good balance of members and feels both Conservatives and Labour views should be better represented.
Nick East (Labour)
NICK East says he is standing because he believes that local issues should be solved by local people, working together, and not by an unbalanced political group deciding things among themselves.
He has deep roots in the area and his family moved to Thatcham in 1976 and still live there.
Mr East went to school in the district and has been employed in West Berkshire for most of his working life.
He said: “Even when I moved and worked away fate seemed determined to bring me back to my home county.
“My children are schooled locally and love the area. It is of great interest to me personally.”
Mr East is a senior manager for the Verbatim communications company, working for the Greenham Business Park-based firm for the past 12 years.