A COURAGEOUS councillor recovering from a battle against cancer has been appointed as a community supremo for Saddleworth and Lees.
Adrian Alexander, OMBC councillor for Saddleworth West and Lees, has vowed to focus on “bread and butter issues” as chair of the District Executive.
“I don’t want to lose sight of really important ultra-local concerns as some politicians can do,” he said.
“Public transport, affordable housing for the youth of the community, road repairs, parking — these are paramount in minds of the villagers and they will be high on my agenda.
“There is a continued need for top class sports facilities, solving problems of speeding cars on narrow country lanes, fly tipping and noisy neighbours.”
And he promised: “I will do my best for the area and keep on battling to make Saddleworth the best place to live and work.”
The Teddington-born councilor played for Harlequins for six years and became a member of the England under 23’s squad and was in the last 50 players chosen for the British Lions.
He moved to Oldham more than 30 years ago to take up a role as prop for Oldham Rugby League team and took over as landlord of the Shakespeare and the Bath Hotel.
And despite his fight against cancer for the last few years, the 61-year-old councillor has remained dedicated to helping improve the community.
“Without the help of the NHS, my wife, Ginny, my rugby family and close friends it would have been impossible,” he admitted.
“To all the people fighting cancer, people in recovery and all the people who have to look on, my heart goes out to you and wish you all well with your own personal battles.
“I have been in recovery for two years and still fighting the good fight,” he said defiantly.
“I made it to chair of the executive and increased my majority at the 2015 election and helped Steve Hewitt, into becoming a councillor in Saddleworth West and Lees.
“My message is ‘never give up’ or as the great Gary Player said ‘the harder I work the luckier I get.’”