The Cotswold Liberal Democrats have selected Andrew Doherty as their candidate in the upcoming by-election for Fairford North Ward.
The by-election is happening after the resignation of Cllr Abigail Beccle from Cotswold District Council and is the second by-election to the authority since September when the Liberal Democrats swept aside the Conservatives in Stow-on-the-Wold.
Andy lives off Coronation Street and has worked in IT for 20 years. A Fairford Town Councillor since September, he is also the chair of governors at Kempsford Primary School.
Andy commented: "I'm keen to represent Fairford and enthusiastic about the opportunity to stand for Cotswold District Council. I'm enjoying my role as a Town Councillor, trying to help solve some of the challenges the town faces now and in the future. Fairford is a great place to live, work and visit and I want it to be even better. We know that the town is changing rapidly and we need to respond proactively and robustly to these challenges.”
"I believe that the Conservatives who run Cotswold District Council have failed the town by not implementing an up-to-date local plan. This has meant that development in Fairford and across the District has been haphazard and local communities have had very little say in how their towns grow. We need to be honest, planning in the Cotswolds is a shambles and I want to help improve the situation."
Leader of the Cotswold Liberal Democrats Cllr Joe Harris welcomed Andy's selection saying: “Andy will be a great addition to our team at Cotswold District Council if he's elected. His passion for Fairford and willingness to tackle issues head on makes him the best person to represent this area."
“Fairford faces many challenges, the Conservatives have failed to deliver on issues such as car parking, delivering affordable housing and protecting the countryside. I know Andy backed by our strong Lib Dem team can be the strong voice Fairford needs to fight its corner.”
The by-election will take place on Thursday 9th February.