Cllr Judy Oliver - Sheringham and Beeston Regis
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Cllr Judy Oliver is the current County Councillor for Sheringham and Beeston Regis, and was elected in 2017. She was also District Councillor for Sheringham South until 2019.
I have been County Councillor for Sheringham and Beeston Regis since 2017 and was a District Councillor for Sheringham South from 2015 to 2019. My lengthy experience as a government lawyer in public, commercial and procurement law has been very useful in helping to address a number of residents' problems and issues. I am very interested in the arts, and am a keen supporter of the Little Theatre and the Museum. I am also very interested in animal welfare, and look after two rescue horses from Hillside, and have four rescue dogs of my own.
At County, I am Chairman of the Norfolk Pension Fund, Vice-Chairman of Audit, and I was Vice-Chairman of the Children's Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee and on the North Norfolk Youth Panel. I am very pleased at the huge strides the County Council has made in improving the lives of, and opportunities for Looked After Children and children who have special needs. I am particularly proud of the amazing work done by the excellent staff at Sheringham Woodfields School, and was delighted to help and support its recent expansion.
Since 2017, I have been fighting to get a roundabout at the top of Holway Road. A roundabout is essential to eliminate the dangers of the Holway Road/A148 junction, and to save huge amounts of time and stress by reducing long queues. It will vastly improve the quality of life for residents. A roundabout will also encourage visitors and tourists to come to Sheringham to enjoy its many attractions. I was delighted, after meeting with Duncan Baker MP and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership last year, finally to be invited to submit a business case for the roundabout and for it to be added to the 'investment pipeline' - 'shovel ready' projects to be completed as soon as the funding becomes available. There is still a way to go, but I know we have taken a huge step towards seeing our roundabout built!
Helping the High Street and Sheringham businesses recover and thrive after the devastation of the Covid pandemic is another massive priority. Sheringham has so much to offer - the North Norfolk Railway, Museum, Little Theatre, its Blue Flag beach, Splash, the Deep History Coast, and its many annual events. But it always has to compete with other destinations.
Kept safely at Gressenhall Museum is the most complete skeleton of a steppe mammoth found anywhere in the world. Called the "West Runton elephant" this mammoth was 13 feet tall at the shoulder, and weighed ten tonnes (twice the weight of an African elephant). And of course, it was found just along the beach in the cliffs at West Runton. The unique attraction of a model of the West Runton elephant in Sheringham would, I believe, create huge interest. If the idea gets support, I will work hard to secure funding to make this a reality.
I know, from the issues that residents regularly raise with me, that road and traffic problems - whether potholes, 'rat-runs', or speeding - can hugely impact the quality of life. The problem of parking around the Primary School in term-time has been an intractable and troublesome issue for years. I want to build on the work I did as a district councillor and help find a permanent solution - one that finally works for residents living near the school, whilst also facilitating safe and considerate dropping off and collection of children.
Priorities for Sheringham and Beeston Regis
- I will continue working hard on my campaign for a roundabout at the Holway Road/A148 junction
- I will campaign for funding for a model of the 'West Runton elephant' to be exhibited at Sheringham
- I will work with residents living near Sheringham Primary School, with NNDC and with other stakeholders, to deal with the parking problems at school drop-off and pick-up times
If you'd like to discuss any issues or local concerns or find out more about me, please do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you. If you need help registering for a postal vote, I can help you with that too.