Parish Council Notes – 1 – a New Councillor

We have received feedback that some residents may not know what the Parish Council does. We will do our best to put that right by sharing with you some of the things we have covered at the last meeting on 22nd March 2022. This is the first of a sequence news items in this format. You can see the full agenda of the last meeting on our Agendas Page and there you will see reports from individual Councillors on our individual areas of focus (for example your editor here contibutes the Communications item on that page).

You can see that other than mandatory or admin items, we covered all sorts of local matters such as: Trees, Flowers, Allotments and Waste Management; Public Rights of Way and Bridleways; Traffic; Crime and Anti-social Behaviour; Planning Applications (a key detailed activity); the Nunthorpe Neighbourhood Plan; Jubilee Preparations; Finances and more.

Most of the work is, of course, done outside the meetings in Councillors’ own time (we are unpaid volunteers). The meeting draws all the Parish strands together, making great use of the fact that members of many other voluntary Nunthorpe groups are Councillors. We are also fortunate to have Middlesbrough Councillor and Deputy Mayor Mieka Smiles as a Parish Councillor. The draft minutes of the last meeting (which are always very detailed as a result of our Clerk, Angela Livinstone’s skills) will soon appear on the Minutes Page. They will be approved at the next meeting on 19th May 2022.

So finally here’s an unusual but important snippet! (Future posts will cover some of the larger matters that we have already mentioned.)

Photograph of Councillor Martin LyonMartin Lyon was co-opted onto the Parish Council having fulfilled the necessary attendance criteria and put forward his application to join us. We had three vacancies and we are delighted to have filled one of them! We ask for a brief biography from each Councillor. He very promptly provided us with the following:

I have lived in Nunthorpe for 15 years with my wife Catherine and four children. We are the fourth family to live at The Station House, Nunthorpe since the property went into private ownership. In my professional life I have been employed by Tesco for 28 years in a senior leadership role. Proud of where we call home, I want to work with others to ensure Nunthorpe gets the best deal locally, to strive for continual improvements in services and make a difference for current and future generations. You are likely to see me around Nunthorpe daily, walking our Cockerpoos – don’t hesitate to say ‘Hello’.”

Similar biographies of all Councillors can be found on our Your Parish Councillors Page.

Remember that all our meetings are open to the public and to the press (a Gazette reported has taken full advantage of that access recently) – so DO COME ALONG, JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT APPROPRIATE MOMENTS, and learn first hand what we do for the Nunthorpe community. We look forward to welcoming you.