Sam Ross - Clutton and Farmborough

Sam Ross - Clutton and Farmborough

Sam Ross has been a resident of Farmborough for the past 22 years along with her partner, where she appreciates the community spirit and beauty of the local countryside with its proximity to the cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells.

She is passionate about both rural communities and the environment, is the current Chair to Farmborough Parish Council, bringing the Climate and Nature Emergency Declaration to the Council in 2020, and is also a Trustee of WERN (West of England Rural Network).

Sam works primarily within the textile industry as a design and communications specialist, but has a background in Chemistry, Ecology and Conservation Management, Horticulture, and Graphic Design which she studied in Plymouth, Bristol and Bath.

During her time in Farmborough she has helped to create a local community plan, is one of the founding members of and Secretary to Farmborough Community Shop (opened in 2018), set up the local community cooperation group Green Action North East Somerset (GANES) and has organised an annual Seed Swap in Timsbury for almost 15 years. Sam also oversaw the installation of a high-speed EV charge point at Farmborough Hall in 2022; the first publicly available charging point of its kind in the NE Somerset area.

Sam wants NE Somerset to take more of a priority in the heart of all council decision making, and to reverse the trend of service cuts to rural areas, understanding that they need more support, not less.

In Clutton & Farmborough Ward she hopes to see improved connections between villages, from better bus services to more footpaths and pavements that help local people access the services they need and to reduce social isolation.

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