THERE are three new faces on Dursley Town Council.

At a meeting on Tuesday evening, Kate Reynolds, Joanne Smee and Denver Thirwell were co-opted onto the council, filling all the vacant positions.

The trio were unanimously voted into their roles by the existing town councillors.

Mayor Neil Grecian welcomed the new councillors and said: “It is great to have three new volunteers and bring the number of town councillors back to 17.

“Many councils struggle to fill the councillor positions and it is very positive to see that there remains a strong interest in Dursley Town Council by local individuals.

“I look forward to working with our new members over the remainder of the civic year, with council elections scheduled for May 2020.”

Joanne Smee is a qualified pharmacy dispensing assistant and lives in Dursley with her family.

She said: “As a councillor I plan to do my best in helping the rest of the team to continue to make Dursley a thriving, safe and sought after town, especially for growing families.

“To be honest, there’s nowhere else I’d rather raise my son."

Kate Reynolds is an active member of Dursley and Cam Royal British Legion for whom she helps to organise several annual events, including the Remembrance Sunday parade in the town.

Having lived in Dursley all her life, Kate said she enjoys being involved in community matters.

“I’d like to become more involved in the local decision-making process and play a role in improving Dursley as a vibrant town,” she said.

Denver Thirwell, a co-director at Intersounds Guitar shop on Parsonage Street, said: “I wanted to join the council to help in making our town one of the most pleasant places to live and to help it continue to prosper.”