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Councillor Joanne Brown represents Barnwood Ward on Gloucester City Council and her husband David is the county councillor for Barnwood and Hucclecote.

Joanne was first elected in 2016 to represent the area where she has lived for 30 years. In 2018/19 she is the Mayor of Gloucester, which makes it a family double - for her husband is a past mayor of the city.
The married mother of two has worked as a librarian in a number of sectors including schools and at a prison. She has a variety of interests including wine-making, travelling and cycling and walking.
You can contact Joanne by email at joanne.brown@gloucester.gov.uk or telephone on 01452 614 209.
  • Article: Aug 30, 2018

    Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are calling for a greater recognition and understanding of Type 1 Diabetes.

    Councillor Klara Sudbury has tabled a motion at a meeting of the councillors on September 12 calling for the county council to coordinate with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, schools and independent academies to raise awareness of the distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as the symptoms of the disease.

  • Jeremy Hilton & Declan Wilson outside the proposed much smaller public advice reception on Westgate Street
    Article: Jul 25, 2018

    Gloucester City Council should suspend its planned move of its offices to Shire Hall, say the Lib Dems. The current plan is for the city council to be based on the fifth floor at Shire Hall from 1st April 2019. Shire Hall is the headquarters of the county council.

    The Liberal Democrat group says the business planning behind the project is ill thought out and the office accommodation will be temporary, too small and the financial savings unsound.

  • Jeremy Hilton - recycling boxes
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    Discussions about the failing Amey streetcare contract must be held in open session with the press and public present says Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton.

    On Monday 23rd of July, the Audit and Governance Committee of Gloucester City Council will receive a report (agenda item 16) about the failing streetcare contract that it has with Amey PLC.

  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Jul 16, 2018

    Local resident Dr Rebecca Trimnell has been picked to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Gloucester at the next General Election.

    Rebecca, who lives in the Westgate area of the city, was chosen by Lib Dem party members from a shortlist of two at a selection meeting in the city on Saturday night.

    She will take on Conservative MP Richard Graham and Labour's Fran Boait at the next General Election, which could happen at anytime between now and 2022.

  • Amey bins winter crisis (Gloucester Lib Dems)
    Article: Jul 1, 2018

    Gloucester Liberal Democrats are demanding the Conservative-run city council takes action over persistent poor performance by waste collection contractors Amey.

    Lib Dem councillors have tabled a motion for debate at a meeting of the city council on July 12, which calls on the Conservative cabinet to sort out the recent problems that have hit Amey.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Barnwood Park is to be included in an Urban Greening Project which is designed to create/improve wildlife habitats throughout the city. It will be run in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, The University of Gloucesershire and the Environment Agency.

    City Councillor Joanne Brown said, "The project is 50% financed from the European Structural Investment Fund. The objective is to improve natural habitats and engage local communities more with the outdoors. I would like to see work to create Sustainable Drainage areas such as swales and the creation of a natural habit to encourage butterflies and bees. There are also a few areas that might benefit from extra trees. This is an exciting project but it's in the early stages and we will ensure local residents are fully consulted as it progresses."

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Recent heavy rain has once again highlighted the faults with some of the gullies / drains along the main road through Barnwood. We have seen that surface water (ponding) at the junction with Church Lane does not drain away as it should, causing difficulties for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
    Cllr David Brown told Spotlight, "various solutions have been tried by Gloucestershire Highways but still we have significant ponding at this junction every time there is a downpour. This may have been frustrating for Highways but it has also been frustrating for all those using this busy stretch of road. I have kept the pressure on and persistence has paid off as the Local Highways Manager has now agreed to take investigations a stage further'.
    Work will be also be carried out to resolve the similar problem with ponding at the junction of Hucclecote Road and North Upton Lane.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    At the BCP AGM on 22nd May a resolution was passed to 'dissolve' the partnership.
    The Spotlight team are very grateful to the dedicated committee who have worked extremely hard over the years organising and running various community events and also helping with the popular 'Play in the Park".
    The BCP was originally set up with support from the City Council, remaining funds will be used to benefit the Barnwood Community.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    As regularly reported in Spotlight, the Community Grant Budget allowed each city councillor to allocate £1,000 (reduced to £500 for 2018-19) within their ward to support community projects. Joanne received applications from several local groups including the following examples which each received funding:

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    The Conservatives have been in charge at Shire Hall for thirteen years. In that time, we have seen the county's roads deteriorate with potholes appearing all over Gloucestershire. The local minor works budget has just been slashed by 31%.
    "Despite what everyone can see with their own eyes the Conservatives are still in denial about the state of our roads and footways," says County Councillor David Brown. "Liberal Democrat councillors have been challenging the Conservative administration to do better.
    Locally, I am calling for the roads in our area to get their fair share of budget spent on repairs."
    David would like local residents to report potholes or worn out footways to him so that he can challenge the county council to fix them.