Constituents and Council colleagues’ views

“We have been extremely impressed with Linda Oliver.  She is someone who immerses herself totally in her role as councillor, prepared to assist all those in her Ward, regardless of their political views. She was an enormous support to us in a  difficult issue with Mendip District Council, instigating a personal meeting with the Chief Executive, and also involving the local MP. In an age when we tend to view politicians, both national and local, with some suspicion, such a conscientious councillor is rare indeed.” Mr & Mrs P, Frome (24 March 2017)

“Linda is a familiar friendly face, having represented Frome North with enormous energy and conviction. She’s been involved in countless local community initiatives and having met and worked with Linda many times, I know just how passionate she is about Frome North and how hard she works in the interests of all who live there. She has been an indefatigable campaigner for the 267 bus and I know that she’ll continue to fight, tirelessly, for that service and the other transport links that are so vital in combating rural isolation and offering provision for commuters and those with friends and families elsewhere. Linda’s commitment and energy make her a superb Councillor, and I hope to work with her for a long time to come.” David Warburton, MP for Somerset and Frome (March 2017)

“Linda is a very hard working Councillor. She is always willing to give advice and support on local issues and is prepared to fight to resolve rural problems faced by our communities. I have worked with her since I became chair of the Traffic Action Group at Norton St Philip and she has arranged several meetings between Officers of Somerset Highways and ourselves over the last 2 years, resulting in several new road safety schemes. She has been assisting Parish Councils in the campaign to save the 267 bus service, which is so vital to the villages along its route, for both young and old. Regardless of politics, you can depend on Linda.” Rex Eastment, Norton St Philip Parish Councillor (March 2017)

“I have worked with Linda since she was elected in 2014 and she has been instrumental in sorting out many local issues. She championed Beckington Cricket Club’s bid for 2 all-weather practice lanes, met with residents about the development proposals at The Full Moon and has worked with Highways to make our roads safer. She is a hard-working County Councillor and she always has my full support.” Shannon Brooke, Beckington Parish Councillor (February 2017)

Cllr Linda Oliver is a powerhorse. She’s battled to keep our buses, helped get us broadband and cajoled and chivvied to make our roads safer. Through Linda’s hard work, this area’s point of view gets heard at Somerset County. We’re very fortunate to have such a hardworking and committed Councillor.” Peter Travis, Rode Parish Councillor (February 2017)

“Linda is hard working and committed to solving problems, not to imposing her views. She is neither judgemental nor politically motivated, but first and foremost on the side of all constituents. She is fearless, fair, approachable and passionate about improving local conditions. I’ve worked with her on issues in Berkley and am impressed by her even handed approach and willingness to stand up and be counted when her contribution is needed. If you want to vote for someone who will represent the whole community with energy and determination, I strongly recommend Linda Oliver.” Andrew knight, Chair, Berkley Parish Council (February 2017)

“Just a brief note to thank you for your efforts on behalf of Berkley recently. Your energy and determination are refreshing and much appreciated.” Andrew Knight, Chairman, Berkley Parish Council (April 2015)

“Berkley School send a big thank you to Linda Oliver! Thank you so much for your support of the School. Our Reception children now have indoor toilets and the much needed extra quiet reading space and incorporated outside activity space they can now regularly use. Your support is invaluable, see our happy faces!” Carole Brautigam, Headteacher (March 2015)

“A big thank you for everything you have done for me. I would not have coped without you, helping me with my housing and filling in forms. Also a big thank you, for helping with letters, etc and taking me to see my dad and sorting things out at the care home. The bungalow looks lovely, could not be better, in a village and right opposite my Aunty Freda. Take care and many thanks once again. Love Deb xx” Deborah May, former Norton St Philip resident now happily re-housed in Beckington (January 2015)

“In June 2014 Councillor Linda Oliver was the ward member on my planning application. Whilst these things can be quite stressful I came at ease very quickly when Linda took the time to call me and talk through our plans. The level of attention was superb, Linda Oliver considered all the documents with professionalism and speed, the next week she came to visit our property and took the time to talk in detail with my wife in my absence. Her communication was clear, prompt and balanced at all times and she even helped with the consultation with the local Parish Council. The thought and understanding of the rural way of life and community was evident in our discussions and it was clear that Linda Oliver wanted to support and encourage more young families to be part of rural life.” Simon Wear, Lullington (June 2014)

“Linda has earned the thanks and the respect of so many people in Rode. She’s fought hard long and tirelessly on so many issues affecting our village, whether that’s been on planning matters, helping with extra funding for our Playing Field, backing our 267 campaign or working with Rode and Beckington business forums to try and get us high speed broadband. Regardless of your party politics, if you think we need a really hard working, determined and highly effective councillor to battle on the issues that will make a difference to this part of Somerset, then there can be no better candidate than Linda Oliver.” Peter Travis, Rode Parish Councillor (2014)

“Once again we would like to thank you for your interest and invaluable help which you gave to us with our recent planning application. Your prompt response followed up by visiting our home to view and discuss the proposed project were much appreciated and after having had several weeks of frustrating conversations with the Planning Department, it was very refreshing to find that someone was actually listening and applying common sense. You obviously put a good deal of time and effort into preparing the supporting document to help us with our case, which was excellent, and also contacted other key people personally on our behalf. I have no doubt that we would have had great difficulty getting our application approved without your input. With your combination of a sympathetic ear, clear thinking and straight-talking and obvious strong commitment to the responsibilities of the job, we consider ourselves very lucky to have you as a council member working on our behalf.” Dr Mike and Sallie Smith, Farleigh Hungerford (2014)

“Lullington Parish Meeting represents a very small constituency and it has, in the past, felt as if we have been rather out on a limb. Our main concerns are planning issues-which can have a very significant effect on our community. Having a really active Councillor who we can call on for advice and support has made a huge difference to us in the last year. Linda’s no-nonsense approach has been a tremendous help.” Gus Colquhoun, Chair of Lullington Parish Council (2014)

“As Chairman of the Tellisford Parish Meeting planning sub committee I have worked with Linda Oliver over the last couple of years or so. In that time we have had a number of tricky planning applications. Linda has been a very strong District Councillor who has been instrumental in bringing those applications to successful conclusions. Personally I have found her a delight to work with. She is by far and away the best District Councillor we have had in the 28 years I have been involved in Parish Matters.” Anthony Battersby, Tellisford Parish Council (2014)

“Linda Oliver is the hardest-working, most proactive and most tenacious council Chair imaginable. She has thrown herself heart and soul into parish work, particularly in dealing with the unprecedented onslaught of planning applications Norton St Philip has experienced in the past year. I have learnt a lot from her never-=say-die attitude. I am sure that her parish and district experience would serve her well at the next level.” Robin Campbell, Former Parish Clerk, Norton St Philip (2014)

“On behalf of Rode Parish Council I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so very much for your hard work and endeavour. In particular for your support and actions for the successful return of the 267 bus route into Rode. Without the 267, many of the residents of Rode would have been cut off from there vital link to the RUH in Bath. I would also like to thank you for your professional guidance and your tenacity regarding the many planning issues we are facing. In the recent Church Farm planning application you were able to deliver many benefits to the village through a very technical 106 agreement. It is very much appreciated.” Steve Eyles, Chair of Rode Parish Council (2014)

“The help and support Cllr Oliver has given us has made a real difference to our lives. She has shown great compassion and understanding and has given up a huge amount of her time to assist us. She carried out extensive research on our behalf and offered unbiased advice when we needed it. The county will benefit from her energy and drive, and dedication to ensuring her constituents have a voice.” Stephanie and Jolyon Feldwicke, Tellisford Residents (2013)

“Linda in her role as both Parish and District Councillor has been superb in every way. She is an informative, honest, knowledgeable person, who we believe acts in the best interest of those that she represents. She is passionate about the role and the responsibilities that this brings and works tirelessly for the good of the local area and the people that live there. Linda would be a great asset to the County, being able to use her skills and dedication to a higher level, which would only go to enhance what she is already doing. Linda is very well respected by all those she represents.” Stephen and Denise Stanley, Norton St Philip (2013)

“We met Linda Oliver when she assisted us in our planning application. We found her to be very knowledgeable, professional and extremely helpful. She was passionate about her work and went the extra mile. She is an asset to the community.” Stuart and Carol Tanner, The Granary, Tellisford (2013)