Charlotte Bishop has been elected unopposed as a Plaid Cymru councillor for the Aber Valley ward on Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Nominations were sought to fill a vacancy after Councillor Lyndon Binding stepped down on health grounds last month. But Charlotte Bishop’s name was the only one submitted by yesterday’s deadline.
Charlotte said: “I’m very pleased to have been elected to serve on Caerphilly County Borough Council.
“Our community is rich in heart and community spirit and the many organisations in the valley play a vital part in our way of life. They need to be preserved and cherished.
“I’m keen to tackle some of the major issues in the valley such as fly-tipping and littering and work with people locally to build and expand our community resources to tackle anti-social behaviour.”
Charlotte, who lives in Abertridwr, is married to Nathan and they have three children, Rhiannon, 23, Garin and Dylan, both 20.
Charlotte is a Welsh speaker, a business owner, a teacher and runs a community not-for-profit organisation. She is secretary of the Friends of Abertridwr Park, and the Chief Safeguarding Officer for the British Kickboxing Council and runs free self-defence classes for the local community. She is a member of Aber Valley Community Council and also a governor in two local schools.
Charlotte used to teach Access to Health and Social Care at Cardiff Metropolitan University and now tutors teachers on how to deal with challenging behaviour by their students.
Fellow Aber Valley Councillor John Taylor said: “I’d like to welcome Charlotte as a member of Caerphilly County Borough Council. Charlotte will be a strong voice for the communities of the Aber Valley.”
Councillor John Roberts of the Aber Valley added: “The fact that no other parties, including the ruling Labour group, put forward candidates is clearly a vote of confidence in the work of Plaid Cymru councillors in the ward.”