Town Councillors

Councillor Brian Burbidge - Chairman & Mayor

Brian is married with two children and is a grandfather to four boys and one girl.
He is qualified as an electromechanical engineer and later studied ceramics and set up his own company, this allowed him travel the world problem solving for companies in the heavy clay industry.
He has been  involved in local activities since 2005, becoming part of Horncastle Theatre Company, Horncastle Now and subsequently Horncastle Festivals. His involvement with local groups led him to believe there was an opportunity to join with local people in promoting the town. His aim is to do whatever he can to retain Horncastle as a desirable place in which to live, work and visit.

Contact Brian at: Brian.Burbidge@horncastletowncouncil.co.uk

Councillor David Roark - Vice Chairman

Contact David at: cllrdr@hotmail.co.uk

Councillor John Lechler

John was born in Edinburgh and educated in Bath. He has been married 40 years to Alison and has lived in Horncastle for 30 years. Some years ago he initiated the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Willow Close and have been a regular blood donor for many years (105 donations to date). He is Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Horncastle Community Centre and oversees Life Church, Horncastle. His employment background is in Agricultural education and training with other employment and his other interests are sport and the arts.

Contact John at: jlechler@btinternet.com

Councillor Rose Williams

Rose has lived and worked in Horncastle for over 30 years and is absolutely dedicated to helping to look after this lovely town. She knows it has to move forward with the times but wants to ensure it maintains it’s essential character and values, which can be passed on to future generations. She is a member of the Horncastle Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is a valuable asset to the town’s future. She is also a member of the Stanhope Hall Committee, as the Booking Clerk; secretary to The Wong Working Group; a founder member of Transition Town Horncastle; secretary to Horncastle U3A, and a committee member of the Horncastle War Memorial Centre.

Contact Rose at: Rose.Williams@horncastletowncouncil.co.uk

Councillor David-James Stott

David is a trained barrister and currently practising as a solicitor at Bird & Co Solicitors LLP. During his youth and at weekends he worked on a farm. From there he took employment at a Lincolnshire based construction company. He stayed local to Lincolnshire in studying for a bachelors degree at Lincoln and then a masters degree at Nottingham. He is also admitted as a barrister of the Gibraltar Supreme Court. 

David has lived in centre of Horncastle for a number of years. He is particularly passionate about representing the younger generation in the town and providing a new and fresh voice to the Council. In his spare time he enjoys reading about local history, tries to make it to the local pub when he can and volunteers with the police. Also David has been involved with the local six a side football league, district darts and pool leagues. 

Contact David: davidjamesstott@live.co.uk

Councillor James Martin

Contact James at: James.Martin@horncastletowncouncil.co.uk

Councillor Maurice Lamb

Contact Maurice at: lamb1council-info@yahoo.co.uk

Councillor Matthew Wilkinson

Matt grew up in Horncastle and after some time away moved back in 2003. He is married with 2 children attending Horncastle Schools and works as a development manager covering all aspects of  retail construction and development in convenience retailing. Hobbies and interests include cycling, walking and football (watching not playing). He joined the council in 2011 and passionate about improving Horncastle for future generations.

Contact Matthew at: matt.romy@yahoo.co.uk

Councillor Fiona Martin MBE

Contact Fiona at: fionamart@btinternet.com

Councillor Angela Birchall

Angela was elected onto Horncastle Town Council 4 years ago, shortly after retiring from a career in Education. She is committed to supporting the local community and volunteers for several organisations – SSAFA (working with ex-military personnel), Age UK, Horncastle Community Centre and is a School Governor.
One of her first suggestions on joining Horncastle Town Council was that the Council should hold Council Surgeries so that councillors are regularly available to talk, informally, to any members of the public who would like to speak to them on any issues. The dates for the surgeries are advertised in the Horncastle News and they are held in the Library.
Since joining the Town Council she has served on many committees and working groups and this year is honoured to be representing Horncastle as the Town Mayor.
Her children all went to school in Horncastle, as do two of her grandchildren, so she is keen to ensure that Horncastle continues to develop as a vibrant community and a great place to live.

Contact Angela at: da@abirchall.plus.com

Councillor Bill Aron

Contact Bill at: billandamanda@hotmail.com

REPRESENTATIVES

ELDC – CCTV PARTNERSHIP: Bill Aron and John Lechler
ELDC - AREA FORUM WEST:  James Martin
GEORGE WHELPTON’S ALMHOUSES TRUST: Maurice Lamb and David Roark (4 year term – ends April 2018)
HURSTCROFT & SNODEN CHARITIES: Angela Birchall (4 year term - ends April 2019)
LINCOLNSHIRE WOLDS TOURISM GROUP: Brian Burbidge and Rose Williams
MANOR HOUSE STREET SCHOOL TRUST: Matthew Wilkinson (4 year term – ends April 2019)
STANHOPE HALL COMPANY (observers): James Martin
WALKERS ARE WELCOME: David Roark

MISCELLANEOUS

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS: Councillors Bill Aron, Angela Birchall, Brian Burbidge and Fiona Martin (also Lionel Higman)
FLOOD ALLEVIATION PROJECT BOARD: Councillor Fiona Martin is the council’s representative

 

Councillors' Interests

Disclosable pecuniary interests

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 all councillors have to declare their disclosable pecuniary interests and those of their wife/husband/civil partner.

Councillors with a pecuniary interest in relation to any item being discussed at a meeting may remain in the room but must not speak or vote on it.

Dispensations for certain disclosable pecuniary interests

Where most or all of the members on the Council has a pecuniary interest in the business due to be discussed they can apply for a dispensation (eg deciding on the Council’s response to a proposed development that affected the whole, or a large proportion of the parish).

A member must request for a dispensation in writing using the appropriate form and this must be with the Proper Officer by the start of the meeting to which it relates

Copies of declaration forms for Town Councillors are available on request from the Town Clerk

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