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Former councillor gets New Year honour

A former South Lakeland District Councillor has been congratulated on her award in the New Year Honours.

Vivienne Rees, who served as a councillor on SLDC from 2006 until earlier this year, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community during her time on the council.

Leader of SLDC, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: "Huge congratulations to Vivienne, this a greatly deserved honour.''

Chief Executive of SLDC Lawrence Conway added: "Vivienne Rees worked tirelessly in the interests of South Lakeland residents in the 13 years that she served on the council. This is very well deserved and I would like to add my congratulations.''

As a councillor Mrs Rees represented the Ambleside and Grasmere ward on the council until she stood down ahead of this year's May elections.

Among her many achievements during her time as a councillor she was particularly proud of her significant role in securing more affordable housing for local people in her ward, including at Broadgate Orchard where she was instrumental in arranging consultation on the scheme, which went on to win a national award for design.

Mrs Rees served on numerous committees during her time as a district councillor, including on the planning, licensing, overview and scrutiny and lake administration committees.

She is also an active community campaigner, and has been being involved in helping to save Grasmere Post Office and the campaign to save the NHS dentist services in Ambleside.

Aside from her work as a district councillor Mrs Rees is also chair of the Grasmere Village Society and was a governor at the Lakes School.

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