DIANE Williamson said it is ‘a privilege to be a councillor again’ as she was re-elected in the Crompton seat she had held for more than a decade.
Lib Dem Cllr Williamson came out top of the polls at the local elections in May with 1,245 votes to remain as the ward representative on Oldham Council.
She said: “It is a privilege to be a councillor again. I am absolutely delighted and I want to thank the 1,245 people who voted for me.
“To the other 1,727 people who voted for other parties, I will continue to work hard for you.
“It has felt like a rollercoaster over the last few years, with my health and not knowing if or when the election was taking place.
“But Crompton residents gave me the support I needed and helped to sustain local democracy in Oldham.
“While other parties continue to be more interested in misinformation and mudslinging, I will direct my energy into speaking out and standing up for the community and residents.
“By listening to residents, all year round, I know what they want. I will continue to fight to:
- protect our green spaces and green belt from unwanted housing development
- repair our roads and footways
- keep our town and neighbourhoods clean and tidy
- have a thriving market and town centre
- support Shaw’s businesses and voluntary organisations
- get a much-needed new health centre for Shaw and Crompton.
“Covid-19 has changed the way people think about their town centres; our local businesses have helped so many people during the pandemic.
“But, in our town centre it is vital we bring empty buildings back into use, support and improve our market, work for more quality retail and leisure businesses to come to Shaw to make it even more special.
“A priority for me will be to work with residents to keep them safe, helping them to set up Homewatch schemes, getting the area cleaner, helping with community clean ups; and working with organisations and community groups to help all residents.”