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Penrith North, Prospective County Council Candidate Deborah Holden

Deborah HoldenDeb and her husband moved from Cheshire to Penrith in 2003, when she became children's librarian at Penrith Library. In that same year she was appointed Senior Librarian for the Eden Group of libraries and later served as Head of Children's Library Services across Cumbria. Following her retirement in 2014, Deb was recruited and elected as Lib Dem District Councillor in 2015 for Penrith North. She was re-elected in 2019 and became Leader of the LD Councillors Group. Deb has served on the Planning committee since 2015, is on the recently formed Overview and Scrutiny committee and was elected Chair of the Licensing committee. She is actively involved in various Working Groups including; Planning Policy, Zero Carbon and Devolution.

Living in Penrith North, Deb has been involved in many local issues including the reinstatement of a bus shelter on Scotland Road, was instrumental in setting up Fairhill Community Group and supporting fund raising for the new playground. As a member of "Friends of the Beacon" Deb successfully campaigned alongside the local community and Lib Dem Councillors to save the woodland from development.

Living in interesting and disturbing times, Deb is keen to serve Penrith North at County level, to ensure the issues of the local communities in Penrith, Lazonby and Great Salkeld and the rural areas are heard.

In her spare time, Deb enjoys swimming, walking, reading and crafts. Her husband is a keen climber, cyclist and gardener. They love living in Penrith and are keen to see local businesses thrive, beyond the pandemic.

She is contactable on debmholden@googlemail.com