The Residents' Association has learned today that very sadly Blanche Douglass has died of a non-Covid illness.
Councillor Chris Townsend was a Council colleague of hers for many years and writes as follows:-
Blanche Douglass was an Independent Mole Valley District Councillor for the Ashtead Common ward for 25 years retiring in 2004. She was Chairman of the Council for 1999/2000 and enjoyed immensely her time as Chairman at the turn of the century. I remember her Chairman's dinner being held in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall - she was a long-standing Ashtead resident and was very proud to say so - a wonderful supporter of all things Ashtead. She was currently President of the Ashtead Residents Association in which she was actively involved.
Blanche was seen as a powerful, determined and formidable Councillor for Ashtead in her time on Mole Valley District Council and served on many of the committees of the time with distinction. Her straight-talking was always her strength and she was well respected by all councillors and officers alike.
Blanche will be sorely missed by all who knew her - Ashtead has lost a valuable asset !!