Suffield Park, The Raynhams, Trunch, Walsingham, Wells with Holkham and Worstead - North Norfolk District Council 2019 election profiles
PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:11 30 April 2019
Continuing our submitted candidate profiles for the upcoming North Norfolk District Council elections, this page looks at those running in the wards Suffield Park, The Raynhams, Trunch, Walsingham, Wells with Holkham and Worstead.
Bev Broadhead (L) - Suffield Park ward covers the east side of Cromer, from the coastline to Northrepps Road. I have lived in Links Avenue for five years and in Cromer since 2009. I was born in North Walsham. This is a great community, but there is an urgent need for affordable housing both to buy and rent – for Cromer residents. Housing development that strengthens the community, not destroys it. We love walking in our natural countryside, whilst having access to a vibrant high street, schools and medical facilities. With new development there needs to be electric community transport, safe cycle paths and protected green space. North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) needs fresh, new ideas that look to our carbon neutral future, quality eco building and investment in community wellbeing, jobs and prosperity for everyone, not just for those who can afford it. I want to represent my area as a District Councillor by bringing intelligent solutions to future developments that make NNDC work for North Norfolk.
John Lee (C) - It's an honour and privilege to represent the residents of Suffield Park for the last twelve years. During that time I have been among other things both Chairman and Leader of the Council.
I'm proud of what we've achieved over that time, including facilitating the building of the new surgery on Mill Road and the plans for the new tennis and sports hub at Cromer Academy.
Over the years I've worked with and supported the Friends of North Lodge Park and Cromer Youth Football Club, the latter of which I still remain determined to provide with their own home pitches and associated facilities.
Emma Spagnola (LD) - I am a wife to Mike and a Mum of four and my youngest two children are on the autistic spectrum. I was born in West Runton and have lived in the area all my life, attending all Cromer schools and working in several businesses in the town from the age of 14.
I am known for being a campaigner for fully accessible toilets and have gained the name 'Norfolk Loo Lady. I am also a trustee on the local skate park, and I volunteer and man the Mobiloo for all of carnival week. I believe you should vote for me as I have a proven record of getting things done through my campaigning work. I am passionate about the area I live and want to make it accessible and inclusive be it play parks, parking or local transport.
Nigel Housden (I)
Becky Palmer (C)
Sue Traverso (LD)
David Attew (C) - I am applying to be a District Councillor to represent your views within the community. Having grown up within Hanworth myself, I believe that I truly understand the needs of the area and improvements we can make together for the future.
I am an active member of the community. Having farmed all my life I then founded holiday parks in Hanworth and Erpingham. I also am an avid member of the Aldborough Players, I play Squash at Rossis and compete in the Norfolk leagues and a committed fan of Norwich CFC.
I currently participate in similar roles, as I am the Chair of the East Anglian Branch of the BH&HPA and have been for 6 years. I am proud to have led this team to the successful position we are in today and would like to apply the skills I have gained from this post to representing you in our community.
Grey Hayman (LD) - I will fight to provide more housing opportunities for people locally and bring unused and derelict housing into use.
I will fight the threat to local public transport to ensure that no village or community is without good transport links. Good transport is essential to enable people to shop, travel to school and work, attend medical appointments, see family and friends and combat isolation.
I have been asked by many people already how we can prevent littering and the scourge of dog mess on paths and verges. This is anti-social and a health risk. I will press the council to take tougher action against offenders and help us keep our paths and countryside clean and safe.
I will fight to cut speeding through villages and try to get traffic calming measures installed were possible.
Graham Jones (G) - Graham Jones BA (Hons) is a Norfolk-based poet, writer and after dinner speaker. He has lived in the village of Antingham for more than 20 years and knows the area well.
Graham has a significant knowledge of how local government works having served as a Parish, District and County Councillor.
Originally a Liberal Democrat for many years Graham became convinced that the Green party represented the best future for his children and Grandchildren in a world that is careless of the environment. He has watched as the austerity measures have hit the funding for the health service, education and the care of the elderly. For Graham the old party politics system has become bankrupt and there is an urgent need for change. The Green party is being recognised all over the country as the catalyst for change.
Mike Ward (L) - I am Mike Ward I was Born and brought up in rural Norfolk worked for many years on a farm as a herdsman, for the last forty years i have been a branch secretary for Unite The Union responsible for rural and farmworkers in North Norfolk. Therefore in the best interest of workers and their families ,I want to see that we are served with reliable public transport. I believe a healthy environment is essential for the local population and to maintain an interesting place for tourist who are an important source of income and employment. We deserve better.
Tom FitzPatrick (C) - In 2011 I was honoured to be elected as councillor for Walsingham Ward and am looking for support to continue the work I have tackled with passion since then. This includes helping residents with planning and housing issues, working for the benefit of everyone and ensuring the efficient running of the Council.
I live in Little Walsingham, right in the heart of the ward and know the issues which affect rural communities such as ours in this ward, which now includes Little Snoring. I am working hard to provide better broadband and mobile coverage among other things. I am particularly proud to have helped see off attempts to swamp Sculthorpe with an unsustainable housing development which would have completely changed the character of the village.”
I am seeking re-election to let me to continue to work for the good of all the residents and communities in this beautiful corner of the district.
Simon Hester (I)
Andraste Tiplady (LD)
Think Global, Act Local. As a Green Liberal Democrat, I will work to give the children and young people of North Norfolk a future.
Renewable energy, sustainable housing development, rural transport, real opportunities for young people; decent broadband and mobile phone coverage will be my focus – all essential for a 21st Century rural economy.
We are already seeing the effects of climate change North Norfolk: rapidly eroding coastline; drought; flooding. I saw this first hand as HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Officer during the 2013 floods, for which I received the Queens Award for Volunteering and Flood Hero medals.
I also raised the money to buy a copy of 'The Lost Words' for every school in North Norfolk. Delivering this to every infant and junior school gave me an opportunity to talk to teachers and children about their concerns for the future.
Originally from West Yorkshire, where I was Parish Councillor for a ward with 'more sheep than people', I now live on a smallholding in Trimingham, where I'm working with a local landowner on a 'rewilding' project to restore biodiversity. Prior to moving to Norfolk in 2011, I spent 20 years in London, working as an online project and content manager for The Guardian, Thomas Cook and Amazon.
Wells with Holkham
Peter Fisher (LD) - I have close family connections to Wells and the Holkham Estate where my grandmother and family worked variously as cooks and teachers; and latterly she as the village post mistress.
During my working career I got to know Wells better as I spent many hours working as a supervisor on highways' schemes and repairs.
Now retired I sing with the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers and spend many hours in Wells singing and raising money for the Wells branch of the RNLI.
Although I live along the coast near Cromer I understand the pressures on local coastal resort communities; coping with huge influxes of visitors (and their cars), together with the conflicts of house prices and seasonal jobs.
As your local councillor I will ensure I attend your Town and Parish Council meetings, so I can take back your views to the District Council and make sure your voice is heard.
Michael Gates (L) - I have many years of experience as a councillor. I was District Councillor for Wells from 1991 to 2003 so know what the role entails in time and commitment.
I have been a town councillor for 30 years and am aware of the local issues facing the town. The town is changing and that is inevitable. As a town we need to look for, and exploit the opportunities that change can bring.
I live in Wells and worked for many years at the Royal Mail.
I will work hard to achieve what it is best for Wells Next The Sea.
David Mack (C) - My name is David Mack, I am 32 years old and have always lived in North Norfolk, apart from three years I spent studying at University. I am a family man, married with two young children.
My working life is spent managing businesses that I have co-created, which operate in the renewable energy, housing, agriculture and tourism sectors. When I'm not working or spending time with family and friends, I enjoy playing guitar and singing in a band, playing sport and flying.
My experience in business, particularly in the areas mentioned, will be useful skills that I can bring to the residents of Wells and Holkham. I am passionate about aiding rural business start-ups and driving employment in the area. I want to see more affordable housing, issues with housing supply addressed and help people with planning, tourism and agricultural issues. Off the coast around Wells, there is a hotbed of renewable energy opportunities. With my experience, I can help to drive business and jobs in this sector.
Lynne Irons (G)
Alistair Mackay (C)
Saul Penfold (LD) - I love living in the Worstead area. It's been my home since 2006 and is where my wife and I chose to lay down our roots and to raise our three children.
I have been a Governor at Worstead Primary School (including its Chair) for over 12 years and I'm proud to be involved in many local projects and initiatives. This is a wonderful place for us all to live – but I think it can be even better.
I was honoured to have been elected as District Councillor for Worstead Ward in a by-election of February 2018 and I have been fighting hard on resident's behalf ever since. I'm determined to continue to do so, working with my local community to deliver a better deal for us all.
So please lend me your support on 2nd May and together we can make our area an even better place to live.
Tom Smith (L) - Tom is married with two grown up sons, and has been a member of the Worstead community for over thirty years. Housing is Tom's special interest and he has spent much of his career working with local authorities, housing associations, and voluntary and charity housing providers.
Standing as a candidate for the first time, Tom says: “I want to see Labour's perspective represented in a Council which for too long has been composed entirely of Conservative, Lib Dem and independent members. Right now the voices of local people are more crucial than ever to the protection of our environment, our safety and our communities, but authorities often seem unwilling to listen. With consultation on the local plan due, and massive infrastructure projects in the offing, we need to change that.”
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