By-election in New Cheltenham ward as Sandie bows out

SOUTH Gloucestershire councillor Sandie Davis has stepped down from her role.

Cllr Davis, pictured, had represented New Cheltenham ward, which includes the Siston Hill estate near Mangotsfield, since 2019.

The council’s Labour group announced her decision at the end of March, saying: “We’re sorry to announce Sandie Davis has resigned as one of our Labour councillors for New Cheltenham due to ongoing health issues. Sandie’s been a key member of the Labour Group on South Glos Council and we send our love and thanks for her service to Kingswood.”

A foster carer, Cllr Davis is a governor at Soundwell Academy and Warmley Park School, and a trustee of charity Incredible Kids, which runs a play centre for children with additional needs and disabilities.At the council elections in May last year she was re-elected to represent the two-seat council ward, increasing her margin of victory from 45 to 243 votes over the third-placed Conservative candidate.

The candidates contesting the seat are: AJ Coakham, Green Party; Kelly Louise Cole, Conservative: James Pringle Corrigan, Liberal Democrat; Angela Morey, Labour.