New councillor elected for Penzance East Ward

CAROLINE White has been elected as the new town councillor for Penzance East Ward, following the recent by-election.

A familiar face at the Town Council, Caroline previously served as a Councillor from 1991 to 2013 and on Penwith District Council between 1998 and 2012.  She was also elected as Penzance Mayor in 1997.

Caroline, an East Ward resident herself, has lived in Penzance since 1970.  She has enjoyed a varied career working in various roles from PA to researcher, to working at Morrab Library and Breadline. She is a trustee of the successful youth project Trelya, and has also been a school governor at Pensans school and served on the board of Penwith Housing Association.

Caroline's past achievements also include setting up and chairing Treneere Together Initiative, which oversaw funding of 1.6 million spent over 4 years on making improvements in the neighbourhood - including employing two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), getting the local bus service reinstated and improving the upkeep of the area. 

Caroline is delighted to have another opportunity to serve the residents of Penzance and says: "I've missed being a Penzance Town Councillor and it's wonderful to back and able to do so again.

"I'm especially excited to see there are now several younger members on the Council and I very much look forward to working with them." 

A Liberal Democrat candidate, affordable housing provision and community development are two key areas Caroline is keen to see improvements in and in which she feels her experience will be particularly useful. 

"I also intend to use my experience and understanding to help find compassionate solutions to current issues such as homelessness - as well as finding ways to overcome loneliness among older people, disabled people and lone parents," says Caroline.

On behalf of Penzance Town Council, Town Mayor Dick Cliffe said: 

"Politics is a 'rough trade' even at the local level and Caroline lost her seat on Penzance Town Council in the 2013 election despite being a highly respected councillor and previous Town Mayor.  She has fought her way back on to the Town Council in the recent, fiercely competed, by election.  On behalf of my fellow councillors, I am pleased to welcome her back."