Cllr James Walsh to step back from Colnbrook politics
Long-serving Colnbrook councillor James Walsh has confirmed to Colnbrook Views that he will be standing down at the forthcoming Local Elections, after a six year stint representing the ward at Slough Borough Council.
Cllr Walsh, who first elected in 2008 when he defeated Conservative incumbent Dexter Smith, will step down when the next local elections are held at the end of May. His decision comes after he married last year and moved out of the borough to live with his wife Amber.
It has been a real honour to have served the people of Colnbrook and Poyle since 2008 and I hope that I have made a difference in the village since I was first elected
I think the council is more aware of the special character and needs of the village and that it has been more involved in tackling some of the deeper-rooted issues here than was the case before. I am particularly proud to have worked with officers to save the Old School Hall in Vicarage Way and get the library and SureStart Children’s Centre opened there at the same time. I am also pleased to have worked with residents to improve the Westfield Estate which was somewhat neglected before 2008; one of my first actions as councillor was to get the estate put on a maintenance programme to make sure the grassy areas were cut regularly and flytipping was cleared. Since then, parking areas and roads like Cherwell Close and Tweed Road have been retarmacked and the rotten garage areas in Severn Crescent and Welland Close have been tidied up and gated from the flytippers.
My life has taken many twists and turns during the past couple of years and, now that I am married and have new commitments at home, I have decided that I need to spend more time with my wife and less in the council chamber! I will be very sorry to go, but I never wanted to be a councillor who outstays his welcome or who rents a shed miles from where he lives just to hang on in there!
Colnbrook residents are a hardy bunch and there will be a lot of challenges for the village in the years ahead, but I have no doubt that those challenges will be tackled head-on and that the good fight will go on.