STROUD District Councillor Linda Townley has died following a period of illness.

Mrs Townley was the Independent councillor for Uplands, Stroud.

Her husband is well-known Stroud Town Council member Chas Townley.

SDC leader Frances Roden, who is currently overseas, said: "It was with profound sadness and shock that I heard the news of Linda's death following her illness.

"Linda undertook her responsibilities as a councillor with great commitment, and her contributions at the council will be missed. "My thoughts go out to her husband Chas and her family at this very sad time."

See next week’s SNJ for a full tribute to Linda.