Council up to full strength after last two newcomers co-opted

THE final two members of Shaw and Crompton Parish Council have been co-opted.

Richard Marbrow and Tracey Bland complete the 14-strong group. All but two – Cllrs Louie Hamblett and Howard Sykes – are serving their first term of office.

Initially, there were six declarations of interest for the last two places including ex councillors Shaun Duffy, Denise Tindall and Phelyp Bennett plus Lisa Smirk.

New North Ward parish councillor Richard Marbrow lives in High Crompton, having moved to Shaw and Crompton from Liverpool in 2014.

He works for a large ecommerce retailer in Bradford as a Data Protection Officer.

Cllr Marbrow’s previous political experience includes having been a councillor for nine years on Liverpool City Council.

In 2015, he stood for Parliament as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, the constituency that includes Shaw and Crompton.

Cllr Marbrow says he is a strong believer in the power of parish councils as the most local level of local government to improve the lives of local residents through dialogue, involvement and co-operation.

Cllr Tracey Bland and her family have lived in High Crompton for 18 years.

Her wider family has lived in Shaw, Thornham and Royton since the start of the 1900s.

She has worked in local government, serving the public of Rochdale and Oldham for more than 30 years.

Cllr Bland said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with my local community as a Parish Councillor.

“I am looking forward to supporting my local area and providing a voice for the North Crompton community.”

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