Sandy Martin stepped down from Suffolk County Council on 20 July, after being elected Ipswich Member of Parliament in the June General Election. He had been the St. John’s County Councillor for 20 years, as well as being an Ipswich Borough Councillor from 2002 to 2014.
Sandy served on the Council during the Labour adminstration, focusing on Environment and Transport. Sandy worked to put environmental sustainability at the heart of the Council’s priorities. He helped drive the change in the Council’s approach to waste disposal which led to the ‘three-bin waste collections’ across Suffolk – to this day regular reminder of Sandy’s personal contribution. A keen advocate for sustainable transport, Sandy also led the campaign to secure the cycle contraflow lanes in the centre of Ipswich.
As a member of the Labour Group, Sandy contributed to the improvements made to the council which in 2001 resulted in Suffolk being named Council of the Year. Sandy is most acknowledged for is his hard work as Group Leader since 2009 in supporting all Suffolk Labour constituency activists, and local councillors at District, Town and Parish Councils. Suffolk Labour Group wishes Sandy well as Ipswich’s MP and is looking forward to working with him in his new role.
St. John’s residents have a new, but also familiar Labour County Councillor. Sarah Adams grew up in St. John’s ward and attended Copleston High School. On 7 September Sarah won the St. John’s by-election with an impressive 62.9% of the vote.
As the Westgate and St. Margaret’s County Councillor 2013-2017, Sarah was an outstanding community Councillor, speaking up on behalf of residents and, amongst many issues tackled, getting a new 20mph agreed for the Anglesea Road area where road safety has been a concern for many years. Her work as Spokesperson for Adult Care and Heath has benefitted many. In particular, she has made the case that the County Council should not place residents in residential care homes that have been rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’. And she successfully achieved improvements in ADHD support from the County Council for both children and adults through the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Suffolk Labour County Councillors are delighted to welcome Sarah back, and look forward to having her back where she belongs, in the County Council Chamber challenging the Tory administration on their continued cuts to services.
On behalf of Suffolk Labour Group.