Cllr Sandi Merifield

Sandi Merifield is very active in Stebbing. She has served on Stebbing Parish Council for 12 years, is vice-chair of the council, and chairs the Save Our Stebbing sub-committee. She is volunteers in the village store and is the local coordinator of the Poppy Appeal Collection. She is one of the 2 R4U Uttlesford District Councillors for the Felsted and Stebbing ward.

“I believe in listening and working with the community, fighting for the rights of residents and aiming to find the balance between protecting our communities and enhancing our children’s future.” Sandi Merifield

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Chair: Planning Committee (UDC), Councillor at Stebbing Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council

Sandi says:

I live in Stebbing with my husband Peter, our two dog and two cats. We moved here nearly 25years ago with our three children and have counted ourselves lucky ever since to be part of this community.

I am Vice-Chair of Stebbing Parish Council and over the past 12 years have served on most of its committees, being chair of Greens and Planning. I am the chair of the Save Our Stebbing sub committee, which represents the wishes of the local community fighting to stop the building of the West of Braintree so called Garden Community. I have also worked collaboratively and successfully on gaining an ‘Asset of Community Value’ for Andrewsfield.

Stebbing has the community run Village Stores where I volunteer once a week enjoying meeting members of our community and passing customers. I coordinate the Poppy Appeal Collection annually in Stebbing and am a member of the Stebbing Fete organising committee. Having had a career in Education in both secondary schools and colleges I am now a governor at a local Nursery & Primary school.

We all love and appreciate living in this area and whilst I do accept the need for new homes and change, I truly feel that the communities of Felsted and Stebbing are not being listened to especially in relation to West of Braintree with little regard to what we the communities say or want.

I believe in listening and working with the community, fighting for the rights of residents and aiming to find the balance between protecting our communities and enhancing our children’s future.

I have long believed that National party politics should not play a part in local democracy. Local issues need to be addressed by a locally focussed party that understands and supports local interests. I believe that R4U will, by reorganising how UDC is structured and utilising the best skills available. By working together with our communities we will achieve this.

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