Council Members

Sarah Flannery

Councillor

I moved to Pickmere with my husband and daughters when the Clover Drive development was built. Having helped with the Village Plan and the Spinks Lane issue more than a decade ago I’d seen first-hand the workings of the Parish Council so, when a vacancy arose in 2015, I was keen to join.
Thanks to The Vicar of Dibley, many people have got a preconceived idea about parish councils! My own experience is that small villages such as ours have particular needs that can easily be overlooked by Cheshire East Council and other agencies, so an active parish council is key. Although council processes can be slow, one positive is that they ensure that issues have to be fully considered and costed before ratepayers’ money is spent. The amount of preparation and reading has definitely increased in recent years, especially when it comes to planning and wider issues such as the LSEP incinerator in Lostock and HS2, which are two of my particular interests (I am firmly against both). As a result of my background in newspapers and marketing, I usually undertake the role of parish council copywriter and I am on the Neighbourhood Plan and the Playground Improvement council sub-groups, as well as being a member of Pickmere Community Group. With my friend and former Council colleague Diane Halsey I ran the very popular Pickmere Wine Club for almost ten years. Work-wise, I now work part-time for an estate agent and my husband is a dog trainer. I am very keen on local history and ran the hugely successful Knutsford Heritage Open Days until Covid put a lid on activities, and I set up and chair a Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service-winning volunteer scheme. Pickmere is the place we’ve called home for virtually 20 years and we still feel lucky to wake up in such a beautiful village with so much community spirit. That’s why it feels a privilege to serve as a councillor.