A NEW councillor who has been co-opted to Bramshott and Liphook Parish Council has set out some of her aims for her time on the council.

Cllr Susan Garnett (64) was co-opted to the council to fill one of the two vacancies on the parish council.

Cllr Garnett said: “I saw a sign outside Bramshott Church looking for parish councillors, and, as I’ve now got time on my hands, I decided it was time to give back to the local area.

“I lived in Langley, near Rake, and I then moved to Bramshott.

“I spent 42 years as a barrister, and I had a practice in the South East.

“It’s early days so far for me on the council, but I’m bringing 64 years of life experience to the council.”

Cllr Garnett believes that housing is one of the key issues facing the parish.

She said: “Liphook is facing issues with housing moving forward, and I would like to help with that.

“There is no neighbourhood plan at the moment, and we need to focus on the neighbourhood plan.

“A lot of preliminary work has been done and we have the parish plan, but we need the neighbourhood plan.

“Affordable housing is an important issue.”

Cllr Garnett is also passionate about improving facilities for young people in the parish.

She said: “The majority of the parish councillors are over 40 years old, so young people are unrepresented.

“The children have nothing to do. The library is not open every day, and the sports facilities are not available every day.”

Cllr Garnett would also like to see traffic improvements in the parish.

She said: “The Hindhead Tunnel is wonderful, but we need more improvements.

“If we’re getting nearly 200 new houses in Liphook all of the traffic is going to feed into the Square, which already gets congested.”