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Obituary: Barbara Nash

Obituary: Barbara Nash

It is with sadness that we report the death of Councillor Barbara Nash who died suddenly and unexpectedly whilst visiting her family for Christmas.

She was a relatively recent member of Fylde Council, having first stood for election as a Councillor for Ashton Ward in 2011, and only narrowly lost. But she enjoyed success a year later when she was elected for the Conservatives in a St Annes Heyhouses Ward bye-election.
With 401 votes she narrowly beat Independent Palmira Stafford (by 88 votes) after the (then Conservative Councillor) Peter Wood had stepped down from the Council due to work commitments.

She thus became member of Fylde Council in her own right, joining her husband Cllr Edward Nash, (who we sometimes refer to as 'The Brigadier' because of his significant military background). He was already a member of the Council, having won a seat in Central Ward in 2011.

She then defended and held her seat in Heyhouses Ward in the 2015 full election for Fylde. Indeed, she topped poll in that ward.

She told the Gazette at the time:

"I am delighted that the people of Heyhouses ward chose me to be one of their representative councillors on Fylde Council.

Together with my fellow ward Councillors Viv Willder and Nigel Goodrich, I intend to work ceaselessly to help improve all aspects of the community.

I have been involved in local matters since being a Young Conservative in Liverpool. It is great to have settled in my husband's home town after years of moving around with the army and in business.

My style is to ask, listen and then act. Heyhouses has a mix of issues such as improving open spaces and roads, improving care of an ageing population, and improving facilities for youth and local businesses.

I believe in progress rather than protest and am keen to ensure we have the right plans in place for new housing development in the ward, using all the powers of the new National Planning Framework and the Localism Act that gives real power to the community".

Following her re-election, and as a testament to the trust and confidence that Fylde's Conservative Group placed in her, she was chosen to be the Vice Chairman of the Licensing Committee, and the Public Protection Committee after only two and half year's experience of work on Fylde.

We did not know her as well as we would have liked. Our better working knowledge of Fylde's councillors tends to predate her first election here in 2012, but we have no hesitation in saying that not a single person of our acquaintance in Fylde's civic and political circles has ever had a bad word to say about her within our earshot. She was clearly a 'people person' who was universally liked and respected by all who knew her. And she was rewarded for her concern and interest by her electorate.

She was also a solid and extremely loyal Conservative councillor who could be relied on to support whatever party line had been agreed.

Readers will know of our preference for those who express independence of view, even within political party groupings, but we do, nevertheless, recognise and respect the sort of loyalty Cllr Mrs Nash displayed, and we are sad that such a public-spirited lady, whose real aim was to benefit the community in which she lived, is no longer with us. Fylde is a less good place without her.

We understand her Funeral is on Monday 15th January at St Margaret's in St Annes, and we offer our condolences to her husband Cllr Edward Nash and her family.

Dated:  8 January 2018

 

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