With Tom Leimdorfer stepping down after 16 years as district councillor for the Congresbury and Puxton ward, Congresbury Residents Action Group has organised a public meeting for the three candidates fighting the one seat – Annie Higgs (Labour & Co-operative Party); Samantha Pepperall (Conservative) and Stuart Treadaway (Liberal Democrat).

The meeting, to be chaired by local farmer Nick Green, takes place at The Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 April.

“I’m sure residents will be keen to hear the views of the three candidates,” said CRAG chair Mary Short. “Tom has been an excellent councillor and will be a hard act to follow. So we want to know where his successor stands on various local topics. One issue of great concern is the council’s plan to create a new town on our doorstep. What do these prospective councillors think about this?” Mary added that many people will have had enough political argument with Brexit dominating the news. However, this was a chance to find information about real issues affecting the village. “I urge people to come along” said Mary.