Cllr Barbara Light

Dr Barbara Light has lived in Saffron Walden for more than 15 years. She holds degrees in sociology and education, has worked in management training and adult learning. She is an active campaigner and founding councillor of R4U after joining the party from Labour. She was first elected to Uttlesford District Council in 2015.

“Since 2015 I have worked for and with residents to promote a thriving community; support local businesses and champion local causes like our libraries and volunteer organisations. I really value the quality of life that our beautiful area offers, and I believe that with vision, passion, hard work and your support we can make it even better.” Barbara Light

Barbara is an R4U councillor at Uttlesford District Council. She is committed to ensuring the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

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Dr Barbara Light has lived in Saffron Walden for over fifteen years, moving here so her son could attend the Friend’s School.

Barbara holds advanced degrees in sociology and education, has worked in management training and as an academic with a specific focus on adult learning. She is now a writer and educational consultant in lifelong learning in the higher education sector. She enjoys studying, art, keeping fit in the local gym, walking in the countryside and visiting family and friends in Italy as often as she can.

Previously a school governor, political activist, a political party chair and candidate, Barbara, a founding councillor of R4U and responsible for policy, was elected in 2015 to represent Saffron Walden Audley Ward at Uttlesford District Council and has actively worked for residents in the town and throughout the district ever since.

She says “Since 2015 I have worked for and with residents to promote a thriving community; support local businesses and champion local causes like our libraries and volunteer organisations. I really value the quality of life that our beautiful area offers, and I believe that with vision, passion, hard work and your support we can make it even better.”

Barbara currently sits on the Museum Society Board and is an active member of the UDC committees. She is an ardent supporter of community initiatives such as Save the Railway Pub, has organised community events and has been actively engaged in defending residents from ill-considered planning applications.