Battle lines drawn over Kingsway council seat
BATTLELINES have been drawn over new county council seat Kingsway between two hopefuls.
Tory and Labour activists have both selected who they want to take the Kingsway and Grange seat for Gloucestershire County Council in May's local elections.
Retired teacher and former retained firefighter Dave Norman will represent the Tories, while Quedgeley parish councillor, and former Kingsway Residents' Association chairman, Barry Kirby, will fight the seat for Labour.
A Lib Dem candidate has yet to be announced for the new county division which has sprung out of recent boundary changes.
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Mr Norman, who has an MBE for community safety, was the first to announce his intention to stand for election on January 3.
He enjoyed a teaching career spanning 33 years before moving to Quedgeley in 2007.
This week Mr Kirby, 34, joined him in revealing his nomination.
He said: "Having lived in the area for five years, I have spent a lot of time building up the community.
"It would be a natural progression of helping people who live and work here.
"I'd like to think that the work I have already done holds some credit.
"You have got to prove to people that you are working on behalf of them."
Mr Kirby has been a parish councillor for three years and will be hoping his four-year chairmanship of the Kingsway Residents' Association will stand him in good stead for the role.
But he will face stiff competition in a predominantly Tory area and Mr Norman will be hoping to cash in on his previous experience in developing new communities similar to Kingsway.