Bexley Councillor Linda Bailey has died after a period of ill health.
Linda was a familiar figure to Members of the Council and Council staff, with whom she worked for many years since she was first elected as a local Councillor in 1986, with a short break between 1994 and 1998.
She was a proud mother to Jacky and Christine and grandmother to Emily, Jack, Harry and Katie.
Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the Council, paid tribute:
“Linda was unwavering in her commitment to serving the borough and our residents. She devoted time and energy over many years to making life better for local people, with much success. But everyone who knew her will remember first her warmth and friendly manner. Her loss will be felt by all those who knew her as a friend and worked with her.”
Linda held many official positions, including serving as Bexley’s Millennium Mayor and as a member of the Council’s first Cabinet.
Her focus was initially on schools and children’s services and later in development, town planning and regeneration.
Linda served as Ward Councillor for the Bexleyheath, Danson and Crook Log, the name and precise area changing over the years as the result of boundary changes.