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Westover Ward Town Councillors

Westover has 3 Town Councillors. These include the former Town Mayor Cllr Pat Parker and District Councillors Cllr Brian Smedley(Westover) and Cllr Steve Austen (Hamp).

Bridgwater Town Council is controlled by the Labour Party with 14 councillors to 2 Tory councillors.

Steve Austen

Steve Austen moved to Somerset 25 years ago and has lived on Hamp for the past 14 with his wife Stella. Both have previously worked for Sedgemoor District Council for many years and have witnessed the waste and political indecision first hand.

Steve is a trustee of the Hamp Community Association and Bridgwater YMCA who have just completed a new sports and fitness complex for all residents of Sedgemoor.

As a Housing officer Steve is well known in the ward particularly in West street which was his first patch.

Steve, who has been involved in the local community for many years and has helped many people in this time, knows that the local Council should be doing more for Bridgwater. He was elected as a Sedgemoor District Councillor for the Hamp Ward in May 2011 and has recently become the Shadow Portfolio holder for Business Development.

Cllr Steve Austen
email: steve.austen@sedgemoor.gov.uk
phone: 01278 452091

Pat Parker

Pat was born in Southampton in 1950 to Julienne and Fred Parker, he has one older sister. At college, he studied for the priesthood but didn’t follow that path, although he remains a practising Christian to this day.

Instead he became a successful businessman and while attending a convention in Oxford he met a very special lady, Jennie, who later became his wife, and he moved to Bridgwater in 1998 to join her.

On moving to the town, he became involved in politics quickly becoming a County Councillor for Bridgwater South and a Town Councillor for Hamp and now Westover where he lives.

He is also deeply involved with various organisations within the community, including Bridgwater Arts Centre and the Bridgwater Education Trust. Pat has been Mayor of Bridgwater on two occasions, most recently in 2011-2012.

Cllr Pat Parker
email: patparker270@btinternet.com
phone: 01278 424026

Brian Smedley

Brian was born in Leeds in 1958 but moved to Bridgwater at an early age attending St. Josephs Primary School and Dr. Morgans Grammar School at the time it went comprehensive and became Haygrove. After Bridgwater College and Leeds University he returned to the town and set up the Sheep Worrying Organisation running a Music fanzine, a theatre group and the rock programme of the Bridgwater Arts Centre.

During this time he performed in bands including the Dangerous Brothers, Club Whoopee, the Sedgemorons and Red Smed & the Hot Trot Smash the System Boogie Band and wrote several local history plays , stage musicals and a best selling booklet about the Bridgwater Brickyard strike of 1896.

Through his work as a lorrydriver he became a member of the T&GWU now UNITE and is a longstanding delegate on the Bridgwater & District Trades Union Council.

Elected to Council in 1990 for Victoria ward, he was re-elected for Hamp from 1995-2011 and currently represents Westover where he lives.

In 1991 he set up the Bridgwater Czech Slovak Friendship Society and to this day runs exchange projects around Europe with his organisation Bridgwater International

Cllr Brian Smedley
01278 256377