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Meet Councillor Tricia Brown

Councillor Tricia Brown

I’m Tricia Brown, Labour Councillor for Priestwood and Garth.

I was a Bracknell Town Councillor during the 1990s and have served as a Bracknell Borough Councillor twice before.

I’m pleased to be back again.

Where would you like to be right now?

We used to have family holidays in Brittany when I was young. My parents were both teachers so we went caravanning there for a whole month in the summer. We always enjoyed the beaches and going to festivals and I have very fond memories of the area.

Of course, sitting in my back garden with a glass of wine is always a nice place to be, especially as I don’t have to drive anywhere!

Where’s your favourite place in Bracknell Forest?

Priestwood Community Centre when there are lots of people there.

It has a real buzzy atmosphere, full of people enjoying themselves! They have fabulous open days when local people and groups share what they do: dance displays, martial arts, wood turning, family history group, all sorts!

Tell us something not many people know about you

I once rebuilt a car engine after the big end went on my Triumph Toledo.

Having been recovered by the AA I decided to fix the engine myself, so I stripped it down, got the crank shaft re-ground and so on, and got it back on the road. I have a bit of experience with car engines and I love a good puzzle so this really appealed to me.

What makes you angry or gets you annoyed?

Unfairness, particularly social unfairness which is often caused by greed. I want to do something about unfairness wherever I can.

Who or what inspires you?

I have certainly been inspired by my parents. They were both socialists and teachers who worked hard for other people and fought against unfairness. My desire to help people definitely comes from them.

Which local charity are you passionate about?

I’m Chair of Priestwood Community Association. The community centre is a fantastic local resource and previously, as a councillor, I was able to use councillor community funds to have solar panels and other energy efficient measures installed there.

Not only does this reduce running costs for the association but it reduces our carbon footprint. Protecting the environment is very important to me so it was great to be able to help the community centre do their bit.

If you had a warning label what would it say?

Feed regularly!

If you could invite anyone, living or dead, for lunch who would it be?

All my best friends that I don’t see often enough.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?

There were some great speakers at the Priestwood Community Centre AGM. We heard Dr Louise Irvine from Health Campaigns Together and Mark Sanders from Healthwatch Bracknell Forest speaking about the changes to the NHS.