Berkeley Vale is a mecca for tourists from across the world with the birthplace of vaccination at the Jenner Museum, Slimbridge WWT, Cattle Country playpark and Berkeley Castle, the site of the gruesome murder of Edward ll. The area is very popular with walkers and naturalists who enjoy walking by the Severn and visiting Berkeley Deer Park, especially when the award winning real-ale pub, the Sally at Ham, is open.
In recent years, the area has lost vital local services such as Berkeley Hospital, the bank, secondary school, police station and library. The closure of Berkeley Power Station and labs caused the loss of many well paid jobs. The future does look brighter though, with the exciting possibility of the world’s first nuclear fusion plant coming to the area, bringing with it high quality employment prospects.
The redundant power station buildings are being put to good use including by SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College. This offers a range of STEM subjects, including exciting cyber security courses and attracts students from across the county. Gloucestershire Constabulary is also using the site for its new Police training college.
Liz Ashton was born and brought up in Berkeley and has campaigned on local issues for many years.
She served her community as a district councillor between 2012 and 2016.
“For the last nine years we’ve had a Labour-led council and they’ve done a good job for people in the district.
“It’s time for me to give people a voice in the Berkeley Vale”
“I am a former single parent, now with 5 grandchildren. I spent almost 50 years in the manufacturing industry from shop floor (GMB member) to Directorship as a Supply Chain Consultant.”
“I am now semi-retired and part-time carer with interests in housing and the prevention of poverty.”
“A supporter of GARAS (Refugees) and Stroud Against Racism, pre-Covid I was a mentor to Unemployed Young People (Stroud Job Centre). I volunteer for Stroud Foodbank and was Chair of Stroud Gingerbread, organising events for disadvantaged children and their parents.”
I grew up in Cam and lived in the Cam and Dursley area for most of my life, until moving to Nailsworth four years ago.
I currently work for a charity that helps young people, the long-term unemployed, and others to make progress in learning and work.
I have 12 years of experience working within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Service for two Local Authorities. This has given me a deep insight into the devastating impact that the Conservative Government’s funding cuts have had on the lives of some of the most vulnerable children, young people, and families in society and has been a driving force behind my decision to get involved in local politics. I am an experienced Town Councillor for Nailsworth Town.
Representation in Local Government is incredibly important and with the likelihood of even more funding pressures, our communities need dedicated councillors who will speak up for them.
My priority as a councillor is to work alongside our residents to campaign on the issues that matter the most to them and deliver positive change