I have been a St. Anne’s Town Councillor since May 2007 representing Ashton Ward. I had the privilege of serving as Mayor for two years, a task I thoroughly enjoyed, representing the council and its members at various functions and events throughout St. Anne’s.
Although it’s very time consuming, I relish the challenge of developing the various activities of the Council and take great delight in the fact that we now have a base from which to operate right in the centre of the town and that we have several staff working for the benefit of all the town’s residents.
Prior to being elected to the Town Council, I was the Headteacher of a large primary school in Thornton Cleveleys but opted for early retirement with a view to spending more time on my allotment and enjoying a quieter lifestyle. However I am now busier than ever, spending my time dealing with council matters, working as a volunteer with St Anne’s in Bloom and being involved in many more community activities in the town.
I am a member of Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool and Fylde Rail User Group (BAFRUA), Lytham Heritage Group and Lytham Civic Society. I am Chairman of the Lytham St Annes Twinning Association and currently involved in drawing up plans for a visit by a 50 strong delegation from Werne in 2014 to celebrate 30 years of twinning.
I have a keen interest in local history and am eager to see the retention of buildings with character and/or historical significance in St. Anne’s. I not only helped to revamp the St. Anne’s Town Trail but I also made significant contributions to the development of the recently launched Railway Walks which start and finish at various stations along the South Fylde Line.
I lead walks around St. Anne’s to raise people’s awareness of the town’s history and its architecture. I continue to promote St Anne’s in Bloom and take pleasure in the fact that we are making a difference in the town.
I am Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning and Environmental Committee, serve on the Policy & Resources Committee, Chair the Town Plan group, manage the town’s Youth Council and have a role on the Bridleways Working group.