Trish Marsh has won the Leominster South seat on Herefordshire Council with a large majority over her nearest rival. Now holding three seats, the Greens are a bigger force than the Liberal Democrats in Herefordshire. With a reputation for hard work and positive ideas, the party is increasingly confident of further gains in Leominster, Hereford, and around the county.
Newly elected Trish Marsh said: ‘I am delighted to have gained the support of residents in Leominster South and pledge to do my best for them however they voted.’
‘I owe my victory to the good people of Leominster who wanted a local, hard working councillor. I would also like to thank my Green County Council colleagues Jenny Bartlett and Felicity Norman. Leominster voters recognise that when they elect Greens they elect people with a solid background in community action who make thorough and conscientious elected representatives.’
‘My campaign challenged Conservative-led Herefordshire Council’s wrong-headed priorities. Lots of voters told us they were fed up of crumbling roads and infrastructure and this is the clear message they have sent. I am determined to continue my campaign for a fair deal for Leominster as County Councillor.’
The by-election was caused by the death of long-serving Independent councillor Peter McCaull. The full results were: –
Trish Marsh (Green) 318 (41%)
John Stannard (IOC) 143 (18%)
Connor Egan (Con) 139 (18%)
Mark Latimer (Ind) 116 (15%)
Clive Thomas (LD) 54 (8%)
Trish Marsh is campaigning to be elected County Councillor for Leominster South ward in the by-election on March 23rd caused by the recent death of Peter McCaull. What would she want to do as a Councillor?
Support a thriving town centre
The Conservative council intends to sell part of Broad Street car park for retail. Green councillors have raised residents’ and traders’ concerns and insist Herefordshire Council must first evaluate impact. The council is forcing Leominster to expand massively in coming years, so adequate parking space and a vibrant town centre are crucial issues.
Provide infrastructure before the town expands
The council gave Leominster no choice on planned town expansion of more than 2,300 houses yet it has so far failed to agree that a new road should be built first. The Greens are no fans of new roads but say bluntly our town cannot cope with a ring of new estates without improved infrastructure.
Safeguard Leominster’s green spaces
Support a tougher stance on planning. Prioritise new development on Barons Cross Camp, long earmarked for housing, rather than allow piecemeal development on valued green spaces in residential areas (such as the land at Westcroft).
A fairer share of resources for Leominster
A spending spree goes on in Hereford (such as a £27 million new link road across the city) – while the council fails to fix pot-holes in Ryelands Road and Ivington Lane! The council economic plan focuses only on Hereford – it should be replaced by a proper county plan.
Crackdown on dog fouling
Reverse the cuts to services which have resulted in more muck in the streets due to the lack of council enforcement.
Clean up our polluted river
The River Lugg is suffering high-risk levels of phosphates and other pollutants. Herefordshire Council has a statutory duty, with other agencies, to protect the river.
Trish Marsh is married with two children. She is a former Local Government Officer with Herefordshire Council. She is a member of Leominster Town Council and is the town’s representative on Herefordshire Cultural Partnership.
Trish is promoting Leominster so it can share in the benefits if the county is successful in its unique bid for ‘UK City of Culture’ status.
Over many years, Trish has worked hard for Leominster and has been a driving force behind several local initiatives.
Prior to council recycling collection she ran Leominster’s first volunteer-led recycling scheme in which money from the sale of ‘waste’ benefitted local good causes.
More recently, she played a major role in saving Leominster Festival from closure.
Trish organises the annual autumn festival of St. Edfrith (founder of The Priory) which helps play a part in bringing Leominster’s rich history alive.
Trish Marsh, Green Party candidate for the Leominster South by-election on March 23rd, has written to all postal voters to remind them to vote. The by-election is taking place due to the recent death of Peter McCaull.
Trish writes that she has a track record of working for Leominster. She is a member of Leominster Town Council and chair the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Over many years, she has put energy into local community initiatives and in organising town festivals and events.
She is experienced and knowledgeable, saying that as a former Local Government Officer with Herefordshire Council “I have a thorough knowledge of how the council works.”
Trish would be part of a winning team if elected, joining forces with Green county councillors Felicity Norman and Jenny Bartlett. This hard-working pair have won the respect of Leominster residents having been elected and re-elected.
Trish adds: I’m outspoken on issues affecting Leominster. Greens have provided the only real opposition to Conservative-led Herefordshire Council’s indifference to Leominster. Hereford is getting a £27 million new link road across the city while Leominster’s deteriorating roads go unrepaired.
She ends the letter by pledging a positive approach to work together with all others of goodwill to fight for public services and to get the best deal for Leominster.
The election is likely to be very close between Trish and the Conservatives. Trish is urging voters not to waste their votes on other candidates who can’t win.
Leominster Green Town Councillor Trish Marsh thinks Leominster can be part of the action, if Hereford wins UK City of Culture for 2021, a year when the city hosts the prestigious Three Choirs Festival.
Trish is already the Town Council’s link in the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership. Hereford’s bid is the first of its kind, because it includes our towns and villages as well as the city.
‘I’m thrilled with the level of interest in Leominster. More than 40 people came to the Talbot Hotel to find out more at the meeting I organised,’ said Trish. She added: ‘In 2003, Hull was branded ‘Crap Town’, but after winning the 2017 Culture Bid it is gaining £13 million government investment. I want Herefordshire to win this in 2021, and for Leominster to share the benefits.’
‘This would benefit not only Leominster, but our whole county. It would raise our profile as the place to visit, encourage investment, and showcase our varied cultural offer.’ Find out more at www.herefordcityofculture.org.