Gale Waller - wins again in Normanton
Gale Waller has retained her council seat for Normanton. She says 'Thank you to everyone who supported me to be successful again in Normanton Ward of Rutland County Council. It is an honour and privilege to serve the people of Rutland and I shall work as hard in the next four years as I have in the last.
Despite the national picture the Liberal Democrats did well in Rutland. We retained our two seats on Rutland County Council and came close in two others, notably in Langham where Brenda Palmer was only 80 votes behind the winning Conservative."
Gale has lived in Rutland for 14 years with her husband and daughter. Now retired Gale has previously worked as a secondary and post 16 teacher, as a senior local government officer, for the Local Government Association and Audit Commision. Gale has been an active member of the community as a member of the Parish Council in South Luffenham and 8 years as a governor at St Mary and St John Primary School.
For the last 4 years Gale has worked tirelessly representing you as Rutland County Councillor. In addition to helping individuals in the ward she has regularly attended the Parish council meetings across the Normanton ward and actively taken up issues on their behalf. For example Gale has ensured regular meetings have taken place between the military and North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish councils concerning changes at St Georges Barracks allowing residents' concerns to be fully taken on board.
Since being elected to Rutland County Council Gale has chaired the Children's Scrutiny Panel. The Panel has held the Council's cabinet member for children to account. Gale has also served on the Adults and Health and Resources Scrutiny panels.
Gale says 'I have been honoured to represent you as a Rutland County Councillor and feel I have achieved some good. I welcome the opportunity to represent you for a further term.'
She adds, "I believe in listening to users and potential users of services and being open about decision making which the previous Conservative administration did not do.
I requested that Rutland's adult scrutiny panel should receive Care Quality Commission reports on Rutland's care homes. Some homes were poor but as a result of the open scrutiny Rutland Council began to help those homes to improve. I also objected to the closure of day centres because neither users, nor potential users, had been asked what they wanted before the closures happened. I shall continue to challenge where I think decisions are being made behind closed doors.
During my 4 years as a councillor I have urged the Council's administration to prioritise education as OfSTED reports and end of primary school results have shown a deteriorating picture in Rutland. All of Rutland's young people deserve the best education they can get, both for themselves and for the future of our country."