Councillor steps down

SOUTH Gloucestershire councillor Sandie Davis has stepped down from her role.

Cllr Davis had represented New Cheltenham ward, which includes the Siston Hill estate near Mangotsfield, since 2019.

The council’s Labour group announced her decision at the end of March, saying: “We’re sorry to announce Sandie Davis has resigned as one of our Labour councillors for New Cheltenham due to ongoing health issues.

“Sandie’s been a key member of the Labour Group on South Gloucestershire Council and we send our love and thanks for her service to Kingswood.”

Well known in Emersons Green for her work as a foster carer, Cllr Davis is also a governor at Soundwell Academy and Warmley Park School, and a trustee of charity Incredible Kids, which runs a play centre for children with additional needs and disabilities.

At the council elections in May last year she was re-elected to represent the two-seat council ward, increasing her margin of victory from 45 to 243 votes over the third-placed Conservative candidate.

Cllr Davis’s resignation led to a by-election in the ward, which was taking place on May 2 – the only election in South Gloucestershire aside from the poll for the Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner.

Her resignation and the date of the by-election was announced after April’s Voice went to print.