Here’s our latest look at getting to know Preston’s councillors:
Name? Julie Buttle
Which ward do you represent? Lea Ward
How long have you represented the ward? 6 years
Do you live in the ward/How long have you lived in the ward? Yes, I live in the ward and have done so for 15 years
Do you still work? If so, what do you do? I work part time for two parish councils – Woodplumpton and Whittingham. I enjoy the research and knowledge which is required to advise the Parish Council on policy and procedures – without the responsibility of having to make the decisions!
If you’ve retired, what did you used to do? Previously I worked as an administration officer at in the planning department of NE Derbyshire District Council and I worked for Derbyshire Constabulary analysing crime statisitcs. I left work to raise my 2 sons and set up my own business as a registered childminder.
What’s your favourite thing about your ward/or place to visit in your ward? Most of the visits in the ward relate to visiting people in their own homes to discuss problems or concerns. It is this aspect I enjoy the most. Reassuring people and being able to help them by directing them to the right contacts and services.
Describe your perfect day spent in and around Preston (what would you do, where would you go?) I have a young cocker spaniel called Bailey and enjoy taking him for walks. My favourite day would be spent taking him out along the canal, relaxing, chatting to people on our travels and enjoying the beautiful green spaces in and around Preston.
What are you most proud of since you became a councillor? I’m proud simply to be a councillor, representing local residents, listening to opinions and actually doing something to try to get the issues addressed. Things that people encounter everyday are often the most irritating such as overgrown bushes, noisy neighbours or speeding traffic. I feel proud when I see a difference or when people thank me for trying to help.
What one thing would you change about Preston? Improve the traffic flow in and out of the City Centre.
How do you see Preston’s future? Preston is a city and we need to establish and promote what makes us ‘Proud Preston’. What sets us apart from our neighbours and what encourages people to want to live, study, work or visit here. If we can establish and successfully market this – I think Preston will have a very bright future.
What do you do when you’re not being a councillor or at work? Enjoy time with the family, go caravanning and generally enjoy outdoor life.