Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council2 School Road, Wellesbourne CV35 9NH
Councillor Val Bartlett – Walton Ward
Long career in property restoration with National Trust and independently. Ran own gallery and art exhibitions locally for 10 years. Trustee for 5 years, Shipston Home Nursing, a local hospice at home charity. Wellesbourne parish councillor for 5 years. One son, three fab granddaughters. Interests inc. medieval history, books, books and more books, chess, the gee gees, recipes and gardens.
• Cllr Bartlett is a member of the Emergency and WSCC Committees and the Index Working Party. She is a Council-nominated trustee of Chedham’s Yard and WWPC’s representative to The Boyce Charity.
Councillor Rosalind Bolton – Hastings Ward
19 Kineton Road
Member of the Council since 1980.
• Cllr Bolton is Chairman of the Office & Staffing Committee and the Index Working Party. She is a member of the Amenities and Highways and Emergency Committees and is WWPC’s representative to the Village Hall Committee.
Councillor David Close – Hastings Ward
24 Brookside Avenue
I have been a parish councillor for Wellesbourne for twenty years being chairman between 2000 and 2004. I have been particularly involved in the restoration of Chedham’s Yard and currently I am a trustee. My wife and I have lived in the village since the mid 1970s. My working career was in education, I am now retired.
• Cllr Close chairs the Amenities & Highways Committee, is WWPC’s appointed Tree Officer and represents WWPC at the WALC Southern Area Committee.
Councillor Frances Hurdman – Mountford Ward
30 Valletta Way
Having just retired from Walton Hall hotel at seventy something there I was thinking things would now slow down and there would be time for hobbies, country walks etc, then a close friend who just happened to be a parish councillor persuaded me to agree to her proposal that I should join her.
I am looking forward to working with existing experienced councillors going forward and will hope to make a positive contribution whenever possible.
• Cllr Hurdman is a member of the Emergency and WSCC Committees and the Index Working Party. She represents WWPC on the Neighbourhood Plan team.
Councillor Bob Heaton –
53 Hopkins Way,
I have lived in the village since 2001 with my wife Juliette and son Mark.
I trained as an engineer and was involved for many years as a sales director for a company that manufactured food process systems.
My hobbies are DIY, current affairs, reading, gardening, keeping fit and walking.
I hail from Haydock in Lancashire (originally a small mining village) that has been decimated by developers who have totally ruined the character of the place, something that I am determined is NOT going to happen to our beautiful village!
• Cllr Heaton is a member of the Finance, Amenities & Highways and WSCC Committees and is a WWPC representative to Wellesbourne Sports Association.
Councillor Danny Kendall – Mountford Ward
1 Honeysuckle Lane
I first joined the Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2012. I grew up in Wellesbourne and have always lived in the village. As well as being a district councillor for Wellesbourne, I am also a history teacher. My interests in include reading; skiing and taking part in the King’s Head Pub Quiz, where the team are becoming accomplished losers!
• Cllr Kendall is a member of the WSCC Committee and is a WWPC representative to the Wellesbourne Sports Association.
Councillor Eric Lawley – Mountford Ward
5 Debden Close
I retired from the motor industry after 50 years and moved from Oxford to Wellesbourne in 1985. I was involved in development work at Oxford and Gaydon covering a wide range of new and emerging technologies and lectured widely on these. During my youth I was chairman of the local area youth club association and ran the village club. I am now treasurer of the Neighbourhood Watch with interests including music, as a drummer, and model engineering.
• Cllr Lawley is Chairman of the Emergency Committee and a member of the Amenities and Highways Committee, the Conservation Working Group and the Parking & Traffic Group.
Councillor Christine Michael – Mountford Ward
1 Church Street
I’m a freelance writer and editor. Born and brought up in Warwickshire, I worked in publishing in London for many years, where I met my husband Andrew. We moved to Church Street, together with my mother, in 2006. When I’m not working, my interests include writing and reading poetry, walking and cycling round Wellesbourne and social media: I’m a keen blogger and tweeter.
• Cllr Michael is vice-chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Amenities and Highways, Office & Staffing and WSCC Committees. She is a member of the WWPC Website and Index Working Groups.
Councillor Anne Prior (Chairman)
– Mountford Ward
7 Wyvern Close
I was elected to the parish council in May 2012. I have lived in Warwickshire for forty years working in education and have lived in Wellesbourne for thirty of those years. My children have been educated here and now have moved back to the village with their families. I am involved with various groups in the village and am a volunteer with a national support agency, working in Warwickshire.
• Cllr Prior is Chairman of the Parish Council and of the WSCC Committee; she is also an ex officio member of all WWPC Committees. She is also a WWPC representative to the Neighbourhood Plan team, Wellesbourne Sports Association and the WALC Southern Area Committee.
Councillor Alan Shepherd – Hastings Ward (Vice Chairman)
6 Charlecote Fields
I am married with a daughter. I have lived in Wellesbourne since 2001 and within Stratford Upon Avon district since 1990. I joined the council in November 2011. I was closely involved in the preparation of the parish plan (including consultation with Wellesbourne residents) leading to its adoption in June 2011.
• Cllr Shepherd is Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council, Chairman of the Finance Committee and an ex officio member of all WWPC Committees. He is also a WWPC representative to the Neighbourhood Plan team.
Councillor Russell Thomas (Russ) – Hastings Ward
I work in the energy sector, relocating to Wellesbourne around 5 years ago when I joined a company based near Warwick. I have varying interests which include amongst others sport, history and traditional British beverages. Looking to try and make a positive difference for the village.
• Cllr Thomas is a member of the Amenities and Highways and WSCC Committees, and of the Conservation Working Party.
Code of Members’ Conduct
Illustrative text for Code dealing with the conduct expected of members and co-opted members of the authority when acting in that capacity
You are a member or co-opted member of the Wellesbourne Parish Council and hence you shall have regard to the following principles – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Accordingly, when acting in your capacity as a member or co-opted member:
You must act solely in the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person or act to gain financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family, a friend or close associate.
You must not place yourself under a financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence you in the performance of your official duties.
When carrying out your public duties you must make all choices, such as making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, on merit.
You are accountable for your decisions to the public and you must co-operate fully with whatever scrutiny is appropriate to your office.
You must be as open as possible about your decisions and actions and the decisions and actions of your authority and should be prepared to give reasons for those decisions and actions.
You must declare any private interests, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary, that relate to your public duties and must take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest, including registering and declaring interests in a manner conforming with the procedures set out in the box below.
You must, when using or authorising the use by others of the resources of your authority, ensure that such resources are not used improperly for political purposes (including party political purposes) and you must have regard to any applicable Local Authority Code of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986.
You must promote and support high standards of conduct when serving in your public post, in particular as characterised by the above requirements, by leadership and example.
Registering and declaring pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests
You must, within 28 days of taking office as a member or co-opted member, notify your authority’s Monitoring Officer of any disclosable pecuniary interest as defined by regulations made by the Secretary of State, where the pecuniary interest is yours, your spouse’s or civil partner’s, or is the pecuniary interest of somebody with whom you are living with as a husband or wife, or as if you were civil partners.
In addition, you must, within 28 days of taking office as a member or co-opted member, notify your authority’s monitoring officer of any disclosable pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest which your authority has decided should be included in the register.
If an interest has not been entered onto the authority’s register, then the member must disclose the interest to any meeting of the authority at which they are present, where they have a disclosable interest in any matter being considered and where the matter is not a ‘sensitive interest’.
Following any disclosure of an interest not on the authority’s register or the subject of pending notification, you must notify the monitoring officer of the interest within 28 days beginning with the date of disclosure.
Unless dispensation has been granted, you may not participate in any discussion of, vote on, or discharge any function related to any matter in which you have a pecuniary interest as defined by regulations made by the Secretary of State. Additionally, you must observe the restrictions your authority places on your involvement in matters where you have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest as defined by your authority.
1 A ‘sensitive interest’ is described in the Localism Act 2011 as a member or co- opted member of an authority having an interest, and the nature of the interest being such that the member or co-opted member, and the authority’s monitoring officer, consider that disclosure of the details of the interest could lead to the member or co-opted member, or a person connected with the member or co- opted member, being subject to violence or intimidation.
Councillors’ register of disclosable pecuniary interests
The Localism Act 2011 requires councillors to register any disclosable pecuniary interests. The same Act requires these details to be published on a parish council’s own website or via a link to the website of its principal authority. Information in relation to Wellesbourne & Walton Parish Councillors can be found on the Stratford-on-Avon District Council website by clicking here.