Councillor Lezley Bott, Stratford First Independent, was elected to Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council in May 2015 and represents Avenue Ward. Lezley and her partner, Tim, grew up in the area and made Stratford-upon-Avon their home twenty-three years ago. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Whilst Lezley’s children were young she stayed at home to look after them, but in 2000 she became an integral part of a new community group, the Clopton Community Forum, housed at the Ken Kennett Centre.
Lezley and her fellow Forum members experienced a long and steep learning curve in setting up the Forum which has evolved into a hugely valuable asset to the community, ably managed by the Centre Manager and Community Liaison Officer for the area – Councillor Lezley Bott herself! She also has responsibility for running the Welcombe Group, Innov8te Theatre and Innov8te Street groups.
Anti-social behavioural issues seem to be a big part of her work and Lezley has built up a good working relationship with residents and local agencies which has enabled them to link together. Residents have found they can gather correct information or evidence to resolve many of the issues, and the levels of complaints are decreasing.
Lezley has been involved in community activity all her life, equally at home guiding youngsters as a Brown Owl, or helping out with the Over 60’s. She tries to act as a conduit between the community and outside agencies and is happy to ‘take on’ the local authorities or the NHS on behalf of those who need a helping hand. ‘Problems can be overcome’, says Lezley, ‘I try to find helpful solutions for all concerned’.
Lezley’s greatest joy are her two grandchildren who keep her on her toes, but she also loves to knit, crochet and cross stitch but will try anything craft related. She recently turned her hand to rag rugging to recycle old t-shirts. Lezley enjoys gardening and on the rare occasion that she finds a quiet moment, can be found totally absorbed in a good book.
She is also interested in genealogy and has traced her family history back over 256 years and was interested to find that her lineage started in Bidford on Avon.
To view Councillor Bott's register of interest, please click here (this will re-direct you to the District Council's website).