It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Cllr Sue Johnson has passed away.
Sue, 65, was a Labour councillor for 16 years after being elected in St Ann’s in 2007. She lived in her ward and was a staunch advocate for the people she served. We are sure that many of you will have known her and worked closely with her during her time at the council. She was formerly the Chair of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee as well as sitting on the Corporate Parenting Board for our looked-after children. She was the Vice-Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee from 2017-2019 and sat on the Joint City and County Health Scrutiny Committee from 2007-2014.
She was a champion for people in her ward – in particular, when she was Chair of the Area Committee for the East of the city. She was part of a team of ward councillors who would hold public surgeries twice a week to help citizens with their problems. She would often think of new ways of reaching out to citizens, such as her popular ‘Tea and Cake Consultation’ meetings at warden-aided and older people’s housing complexes where she would meet residents and allow them to voice their opinions whilst enjoying a slice of cake and a cup of tea. She was a strong supporter of the St Ann’s Carnival, local tree-planting and ensuring local clubs had school holiday events and activities for children.
Although Sue had struggled with illness in recent years and was due to stand down at the next election, she remained a passionate advocate for Nottingham. We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to her for her service to the people of St Ann’s and to the City Council as a whole.
Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.