Mitcheldean, Ruardean and Drybrook
Jackie was first elected as a Labour District Cllr in 2011. Her priority has always been environmental issues, and she came to realise that her beliefs were aligned with the Green Party. In 2021, therefore, she resigned her Labour membership and joined the Green Party and the Green Group of councillors on the District Council.
She was a steering group member of the Hands off our Forest (HOOF) campaign and active in the Hands off Lydney & Dilke (HOLD) campaign, organising public meetings to raise awareness of the issue. Her motion to ban Badger culling on District Council owned land was successful, leading her to take the protest to Gloucestershire County Council, whereby a successful meeting with a group of County Councillors led to a scrutiny of the cull in Gloucestershire, including the financial cost to the County.
She is opposed to the Cinderford Northern Quarter development and was the only planning committee member to vote against the application. In 2017 her motion to Mitcheldean Parish Council to ban the use of pesticides in weed control was passed and is a successful example to other councils wishing to stop/reduce the use of poisonous pesticides. In December 2020 she collaborated with the Green Group on a motion to the District Council about banning pesticide use, which was successful.