Stevenage Liberal Democrats were very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Cllr Sherma Batson, a stalwart of the community here in Stevenage.

Robin Parker, Leader of Stevenage Liberal Democrats had these words to say on this sad loss for Stevenage:

“I was truly deeply shocked and saddened today to hear of the sudden death of borough and county councillor Sherma Batson. I knew Sherma through her service for 12 years on the borough council and 12 years on the county council.

“Sherma was enthusiastic and committed to all of her many roles in the local community. She was a well-respected and  diligent councillor, who spoke out in support of the many causes she supported and she was actively involved in many of them. She was heavily involved with the church and many local organisations and was very well known to many local people. In particular, I understand that she was instrumental in the genesis of both the furniture recycling scheme and the ‘Celebrate!’ multi-cultural annual festival in Stevenage. She was an excellent mayor and ambassador for Stevenage.

“Sherma was a true pillar of the local community and people like her are rare indeed. She gave freely of her time and energies to help local people and the town, and she will be very sorely missed. Stevenage has a lot to thank her for.

“Myself and my colleagues send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Howard Rooke and the rest of Sherma’s family.”