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An interview with Cllr Glenda Simmonds

Posted: Fri, 11 May 2018 09:07 by Amy Simpson

An interview with Cllr Glenda Simmonds

The new Daventry Town council for 2018 has now been elected, and with the start of a new era, Cllr Glenda Simmonds announces her retirement from politics after 12 years. Here she recounts her experiences, memories and hopes for the future of the Town Council.

Growing up in a family where their father was a Civil Engineer meant that Glenda was used to moving around the country. "We started off in Hampshire," she says, "and then we moved on to Southampton, from there Manchester and then Margate. From there my parents went abroad for work in Iran, Spain and Portugal before coming back to the UK to retire."

Glenda then met her husband and settled in Daventry in 1976. Being an Electronics Engineer who travelled a lot for work, it was the perfect place to settle down. Glenda worked for a variety of different companies before her and her husband set up their own business in 1990. "Don't ask me the ins and outs of it," she laughs, "my husband wrote a computer programme for holiday rentals and from there it just took off."

Having found politics later in life, Glenda decided to become a Councillor in 2006. "I wanted to give something back to the community and do something good for the town. It has been an incredible 12 years and I have had the honour of being Mayor twice."

It hasn't always been easy, as Glenda recalls the first few years that she joined as a Councillor. "When I first joined DTC it wasn't the well-oiled machine that it is today. It was very disjointed – Councillors couldn't seem to agree on anything and we found it very hard to move forward with any positive steps for the Town. I am so pleased that I have been around to see the Council progress and evolve, overcoming the challenges and difficulties that have presented themselves, to become a fantastic Council that I am proud to have been part of."

There have been many crowning achievements throughout Glenda's time with the Council, the main highlight being winning the court case to keep Drayton West allotments. "The District Council wanted to reallocate the use of the land to build eco-houses. The Town Council strongly objected to this, so we spent time gathering our evidence and it ended up being heard in the High Court in Birmingham. The result was a defining win for DTC."

So, what's on Glenda's agenda now that she has more time on her hands? "I will be dividing my time between the Friends of Danetre Hospital and raising money for Macmillan, as well as spending time with my three beautiful grandchildren. But summing up my 12 years on the Council it has been exciting, interesting and incredibly fulfilling. I'll miss the thrill of debating with my fellow Councillors and the camaraderie that we have but I'm ready to take a step back and enjoy retirement. Daventry is definitely in safe hands and I am sure future DTC Councillors will build on the work that has already been carried out."

Glenda's parting words of wisdom for future Councillors are, "Listen – to both sides of the argument before making your decision, you may surprise yourself with your resolution after you have heard everything."

From the Council and Officers at Daventry Town Council, thank you Glenda for your tireless service over the past 12 years, helping DTC shape the future of Daventry Town. We wish you every happiness and success in all your future endeavours.

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