On Saturday, Debbie took part in the Chalford Challenge, with the aim of showing how effective the new generation of electric bikes. The challenge was for Debbie, a holiday cyclist, Simon Pickering a committed cyclist to see if on an electric bike they could challenge Emma, an out and out athlete on a mountain bike up the hills of Stroud and Chalford. The two electric bikes were leant by Jacob who runs Ecycle in Stroud and Stonehouse www.ecycleuk.com.
Debbie said " The bikes were quite amazing, Simon and I managed to overtake the mountain bike within a 100 yards of starting up The Cornhill. This means that anyone can take on the challenges of cycling even in the hills and valleys of Stroud and Chalford"
Despite finishing early, it proved how good the new generation of bicycles are and offer a viable alternative to a second car
As everyone knows this year is the Centenary of the beginning of the First World War and Debbie has been involved in the commemorations. As well as attending the Parish Meeting where there was an excellent presentation about the Fallen of Chalford, Debbie helped plant poppy seeds with children from Puddleducks Nursery. Here Debbie and daughter Samantha are seen with Liz Peters, a fellow Conservative Councillor by the Chalford War Memorial. Liz leads regular health walks around the area and did one on the anniversary of the outbreak of the war around war graves and memorials in the Parish. She will do a repeat on the Monday after Remembrance Sunday, meeting at the Baptist Church at 10.50
Today Debbie went out with Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud to look at sites for new social housing in Cam. Debbie as Cabinet Member for Housing started the new Council House Building programme in 2009 with developments in Minchinhampton, Stroud and The Stanleys. Since then Government changes to way Council Housing is financed has meant that the Council can increase the number of houses it builds. Debbie as a member of the Housing Committee has been a strong supporter of new housing for local people which is why she and other Conservative Councillors are promoting a local lettings policy. Neil was excited about the prospect of additional housing for local people who need it and was pleased that Conservative Government policy was able to promote it.