It was a wonderful honour to be chosen to represent the people of the newly formed Kilnhouse Ward, on both Fylde Borough Council and St Annes Town Council, in the May 2023 Local Elections. It has been a very busy time since then.
Fylde Borough Council
I received some excellent training from FBC, which has allowed me to ‘hit the ground running’ on the various Committees I was selected onto. I have also had some fantastic support from experienced Cllrs, in particular our own Cllr Karen Henshaw JP. and other members of the Independent and Lib Dem Group, which Cllr Henshaw and I decided to join, in order to best represent the Residents of Fylde.
I am on the Internal Scrutiny Committee, which monitors and improves the workings of the Council and aims to select important issues in our area eg. the use of Children’s Homes and the workings of the Planning Process, in order to examine and improve FBC’s approach to them.
I was also selected as a member of the Audit and Governance Committee, which keeps a close eye on the Financial and Operational aspects of the Council.
In addition I was chosen as the Shadow Lead for the Environment by the ‘Opposition Group’. This is a subject I care passionately about, and one I aim to help FBC develop for the benefit of all Fylde Residents in the years to come. I have already asked an in depth question at the Full Council Meeting in December, one which received a very detailed answer from the Council Leader and one which I aim to follow up on with the Environment Team at Fylde, with the help of other local experts.
St Anne’s Town Council
I was delighted to be re-elected onto St. Annes Town Council, and hope to carry on with the good work that takes place there.
I continue to be a member of the CAN (Community and Neighbourhood) team. This is such a wonderful group to be a part of, as we are able to do the joyous bits that the Town Council puts on. Organising and working at events such as the Music Festivals, Sounds in the Square/Sounds at the Palace, and the Christmas LIghts Swithch On, which includes one of my favourite things of the year - Santa Around Town. It’s so wonderful to meet and get to know many St. Anne’s residents of all ages, at these fantastic events.
I also continue to be a member of TEN (Town and Environment Network). This is the other excellent group which looks at improving public realm and generally tidying up the Town where it’s needed. This goup also put on the amazing Summer Activity Sessions for kids in Ashton Gardens and Hope Street Park, during the Summer. All these events are free of charge with the aim of bringing our town together to celebrate what is so good about living in St. Annes. Watch out for more initiatives in 2024.
I am also a member of the Policy and Resources Committe, which examines the Councils issues and recommendations before they go to Full Council.
I am also the Town Council’s representative for Blundell Road Allotments
14/6 Sounds in the Square
15/6 Buddy Meeting
20/6 Internal Scruriny Committee
21/6 Sounds in the Square
Blundell Road Allotments Meeting
27/6 CAN Meeting
28/6 Sounds in the Square
12/7 Sounds in the Square
17/7 Full Council - Fylde
18/7 Audit and Governance - Training
19/7 Sounds in the Square
19/7 TEN Meeting
20/7 Audit and Governance Meeting
25/7 CAN Meeting
28/7 Buddy Meeting
1/8 Training General
2/8 Sounds in the Square
16/8 Sounds in the Square
22/8 Policy and Resources
23/8 Sounds in the Square
24/8 Planning Spotlight Meeting
25/8 Four Days of St Anne’s Music Festival
30/8 CAN and Sounds in the Square
4/9 Blundell Road Allotments Meeting
5/9 Internal Scrutiny Meeting
6/9 Sounds in the Square
12/9 Full Council - St Annes Town Council
13/9 Sounds in the Square
18/9 Training FBC
20/9 Sounds in the Square and TEN Meeting
2/10 Blundell Road Allotmements
Shadow Environment Briefing
Full Council = FBC
4/10 CAN and Sounds in the Square
10/10 Policy and Resources Meeting
11/11 Sounds in the Square
13/11 Windfarm Briefing from Morgan and Morecambe
20/11 Buddy Meeting
25/11 Shadow Environment Briefing
1/11 CAN Meeting
8/11 Sounds at the Palace
14/11 Full Council - Town Council
21/11 Internal Scrutiny Meeting
25/11 Christmas Lights Switch On and Santa Around Town
30/11 Audit and Governance Meeting
4/12 Event Space Presentation
12/12 Policy and Resources
13/12 Sounds at the Palace
18/12 Full Council - FBC
Case Work (some of which remain in progress)
Helping Children with Autism
Housing and Homeless Issues
Road and Pothole Issues
Abandoned Vehicle Issue
And many more...
So if you have a problem which needs resolving, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I will do my very best to help you resolve it.
All that remains now is to wish you & your loved ones a Very Happy & Healthy 2024.
The Spring period was a very hectic time with lots of projects coming to fruition on St. Anne’s Town Council and of course the Local Elections.
I was extremely proud to be re-elected onto St. Anne’s Town Council for the second time, and this time I finished top of the poll with a stomping majority, and I was also elected onto Fylde Borough Council for the first time.
So a massive thank you to all Kilnhouse residents who voted for me. I promise you I will always consider your views, during the next four years, and if I can help in anyway at all, whether you voted for me or not, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Both Councils are now up and running, so here is a breakdown of what I have been involved with so far:
Fylde Borough Council
Much of my time has been taken up with key training; partly about the running of the Council as a whole, partly about the role of a Borough Councillor and specifically regarding the Council Committees that I have been appointed onto. I can say that FBC put a lot of time and effort into this training and I have learned much from it.
I have been appointed onto 2 Committees: Internal Scrutiny and Audit and Governance, and of course I attend Full Council where key decisions are voted on. I even stood up in Chamber at my first Full Council meeting, to challenge a very contentious proposal, unfortunately we didn’t win that on this occasion.
I have to say that FBC have changed the Committee Systems for this term and in my opinion ‘the jury is out’ with relation to these changes. I will definitely keep you updated on how this works for Kilnhouse residents.
St Anne’s Town Council
I have once again been appointed to the CAN (Community and Neighbourhood) working group and also again onto T&EN (Town and Environment Network).
CAN has been busy with the Sounds in the Square, preparing for the Music Festival and working on this year’s Christmas events.
T&EN has been working on many projects, which will start to come to fruition, such as the unique picnic tables in various St. Anne’s parks and the Summer Activity Sessions in Hope Street Park. So glad that this beautiful park will get some much needed attention during the Summer.
I have also rejoined the Policy and Resources Committee, with the aim of guiding the Town Council’s overall priorities.
During the Local Elections and whilst out talking to residents, Cllr Karen Henshaw and myself were able to pick up on many issues, such as:
So far I have managed to get LCC to agree to some measures near Links View on Frobisher Drive and rest assured we are working behind the scenes with regards all the others. And of course Cllr Karen Henshaw and myself continue to push FBC regarding the old Shell Garage on Kilnhouse Lane and continue to press FBC regarding parking and further improvements to Blackpool Road North Playing Fields.
So I will leave it there for now, however please remember if you need any help with any issue please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Enjoy the rest of the Summer!
The Summer Period of 2022 was a tricky time for me; tests, hospital visits and finally an operation, but I didn’t let that stop me getting involved as best as I could! Please read on for what I've been up to.
Since my last update, I have attended the following St Anne’s Town Council meetings and events:
Residents made me aware of the following issues, which I have brought to the attention of the relevant Council Officers:
If you have an issue that you need resolving, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I will always try my upmost to help resolve it.
As a member of the CAN, we have been very active once again. The Sounds in the Square initiative was extremely well received by many regular attendees, and many friendships were formed and lots of fun and dancing took place. The Music Festival in Ashton Gardens was a really successful event, with over 40 bands entertaining us throughout the late summer Bank Holiday.
Litter picking was paused due to the dark nights, but watch out for this returning in Spring 2023.
As a member of the TEN group I am pleased to see the Wildflowers coming through on the Bridleways at the back of Heyhouses Lane. This group also has a number of other environmental improvement projects coming to fruition. In particular watch out for a number of picnic benches popping up in our St Annes parks. There are a number of other projects which aim to improve the look of our beautiful town.
POSSIBLY THE BEST NEWS OF ALL WAS THE COMPLETION OF THE PLAY-AREA AT BLACKPOOL ROAD NORTH. IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE THIS IN REGULAR USE, AND BEING ENJOYED BY CHILDREN OF OUR WARD. AS YOUR TOWN COUNCILLOR I WAS DELIGHTED TO HELP PUSH FOR IT’S INSTALLATION! ONWARDS AND UPWARDS TO THE NEXT PROJECT.
So I continue to represent all your interests on the Town Council and I look forward to giving you another update during the Spring.
This is my latest update and I hope to have more news soon!
I have attended the following St Anne’s Town Council meetings and events since my last update:
Residents have made me aware of the following issues, which I have brought to the attention of the relevant Council Officers:
As a member of the TEN group I am pleased to see the Wildflowers coming through on the Bridleways at the back of Heyhouses Lane. This group also has a number of other environmental improvement projects coming to fruition. In particular watch out for a number of picnic benches popping up across St Annes!
As to the Blackpool Road North Playing Fields, myself and Cllr Karen Henshaw are overjoyed that the design of the Play Park has finally been agreed and the contractors are now building the elements that will constitute this major renovation which is long overdue.
I continue to represent all your interests on the Town Council and I look forward to giving you another update soon.