Tributes paid to councillor

PUBLISHED: 07:03 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:54 31 May 2010

Christine Bayley

Christine Bayley

ONE of Saffron Walden s most well-known characters, Christine Bayley, died last Thursday after a short battle against cancer, aged 55. Chris Bayley, who was a Saffron Walden town and Uttlesford District councillor, will be missed by her friends, colleague

ONE of Saffron Walden's most well-known characters, Christine Bayley, died last Thursday after a short battle against cancer, aged 55.

Chris Bayley, who was a Saffron Walden town and Uttlesford District councillor, will be missed by her friends, colleagues and family.

Mayor of Saffron Walden Cllr Hilary Shibata, said: "Chris had real energy and commitment, and over the years has done so much for Saffron Walden.

"But more than that, she was very approachable and always ready to help ordinary people. She chaired committees, raised funds for local charities, campaigned on behalf of the town, and was always helping the community.

"Chris faced her last illness with incredible bravery, and will be sorely missed."

Cllr Bayley, who lived in Loompits Way, was a Saffron Walden resident for the last 20 years of her life and became a town councillor in 1995.

She was elected on to the district council in May 1999, representing the Saffron Walden Plantation Ward and later the Saffron Walden Audley Ward.

Cllr Bayley had a special interest in housing issues and the Saffron Walden Skatepark project, and served as chairman, and later vice-chairman, of the former Health and Housing Committee.

Staff and councillors at Uttlesford District Council expressed their sadness at Cllr Bayley's death.

Chairman Cllr Alan Row said: "Chris will always be remembered for the determined manner in which she fought for the people she represented, and her dedication to Uttlesford will be greatly missed by us all."

Leader of the council Cllr Mark Gayler, said: "Chris fought her illness to the end, still wanting to be involved in everything that was going on, because that's the sort of person she was.

"She could be a controversial character, but if you wanted someone to fight a cause on your behalf, then you knew that nobody would fight harder than Chris."

Chief executive Alasdair Bovaird, said that Cllr Bayley was a "doughty character" and that her "upfront approach to her work" would be sadly missed.

Cllr Bayley, twice mayor of Saffron Walden, was diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer in June and had hoped to swim with dolphins before becoming overcome by her illness.

Funeral details will be announced at a later date.

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