Cllr Susan Watson - St. Annes

My name is Susan Watson and I am one of the local Councillors for St Anne’s Ward and have been since 2003.

I have lived in South Hylton for twenty years raising my family but have lived in this area all of my life.

I am passionate about my Ward and living in the Ward has given me a good insight into the local community and the needs of the area, which are ever changing and I try to be proactive where ever possible

I have excellent links and work closely with a number of community organisations  and schools in the Ward. I have been a school Governor for local schools and sit on committees for various charitable organisations.  Over the years I have supported community funding applications, supported the  Remembrance Day, helped with getting a community bus for residents, facilitated the In Bloom, supported local residents on a one to one basis with issues they have had.  Worked closely with the community and voluntary sector to ensure their voices are heard.

When I started out as a councillor, social media wasn’t what it is now, but hopefully as we are now in the digital era more people can find out about the work I have been involved in over the years and the work I am doing now.

Sue visiting Hylton Castle to see how investment from Sunderland City Council is revitalising a community asset 🏰
Cllr Karen Noble

My name is Karen Noble and I have been your Labour, Ward Councillor, since May 2018. I was raised in Pennywell and briefly lived in South Hylton while my children were very young.  I have been a community worker for over 20 years and that is what drove me to become a Councillor, to be able to have a voice for the Community and help influence decisions.

Despite all of my experience working with our community having Susan as a mentor to guide me through the process has been a great help. It was only when I started to work closely with Sue that I was able to appreciate just how much work she does for residents. From using her skills as a florist to make Christmas Wreaths or keep the planters around the ward looking good, to supporting the “pigeon men” and vulnerable residents like Fred the veteran. Sue is an asset to this area and I look forward to working with her and learning from her for some time to come


I have supported the funding for Armistice Day events as well as being hands-on to assist in getting things ready to take place and be a success for many years - long may it continue.
Residents got in touch about road safety concerns so I arranged for a traffic island to be installed
The role of a councillor involves so much variety, including pigeons!
The Sunderland West Area Committee provided funding so Karen and myself, along with a team of comunity-minded volunteers, helped with the clean up at Claxheugh
Part of the council tax we all pay goes towards funding Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, I am proud to support the brave men and women who keep us safe 🚒
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