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 Dixie Darch

Dixie has been a resident of Nailsbourne near Kingston St Mary for 27 years.

She has recently retired after a long teaching career in further education, before which she worked as a cartographic draughtsman at Taunton Hydrographic Department.

She has adult children and grandchildren, and is passionate about the environment and the need to act on climate change to secure our future.

She wants Taunton to become a Garden Town in the realest sense, with green spaces for wildlife and people, as well as a thriving town centre where independent sustainable businesses can flourish.

She supports Taunton Area Cycling Campaign for improved cycling and pedestrian routes as well as Citizens UK, an apolitical organisation which works for social good.

In her own ward she is determined that existing residents should experience minimum disruption but maximum gain from the housing development already been agreed, and will work hard for all residents.

Ed Firmin

Ed has lived in Norton Fitzwarren his whole life and knows the local area, including Staplegrove and Kingston, well.

He worked in the Norton Co-Op store for four years, an experience which gave him regular contact with local people.

He has been serving on Norton’s Parish Council since last September and takes an interest in local issues.

As a relatively youthful candidate, Ed is in touch with the needs of younger people and is keen to promote the Lib Dem proposals to provide free bus passes for young people for local journeys, as well as improvements to the cycling network.