Erpingham, Gresham, Happisburgh, Hickling and Holt - North Norfolk District Council 2019 election profiles
PUBLISHED: 15:16 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:14 25 April 2019
Continuing our submitted candidate profiles for the upcoming North Norfolk District Council elections, this page looks at those running in the wards Erpingham, Gresham, Happisburgh, Hickling and Holt.
For candidates' submissions in other wards,use the links at the bottom of this page.
Stephen Green (G) - I have lived in Erpingham for 15 years, and previously in Norfolk for 10 years in the 1980s. I am married and my two adult children both still live in Norfolk. I trained as a social worker and worked for nearly 40 years in local authority, the voluntary sector, the NHS, and the Department of Health.
I am passionate about sustainability and if elected I would try to ensure that all new housing is sustainable and affordable, and work for better and more relevant bus services in North Norfolk, greening more schools, and encouraging local food and transport initiatives. I am also passionately committed to equality and hope to see more young people and people from every age group, ethnicity and sexuality involved in making decisions about their lives.
I will work hard and co-operate with others, from any party, to progress the Green agenda.
Norman Smith (I) - The past four years have shown me that with no Party pressure I can judge each issue in a way which I judge to be the best for those I represent. Hence the reason that I am standing as an Independent Candidate.
In rural areas such as ours I passionately believe that community support is crucial to all, recent events in my private life have shown me that this is invaluable. Second homes are creating problems for many community morale and we need to address this problem.
Over the past thirty years I have been involved in various aspects of voluntary care. Practical experience has taught me that the Council and the voluntary sector must work together where possible in order that support can be provided for those who so desperately need help.
Andrew Steed (L) - I moved to Norfolk in 1990 as a graduate and during my career in Crop Science Research, I have been an active Union member. In 1997 my wife and I moved to Ingworth and have lived in the Erpingham Ward ever since, with our children attending Aldborough Primary School. North Norfolk can be an idyllic place to live, but it has not been immune to the severe reduction in Central Government funding and consequential cuts to local services.
As a Labour District Councillor I would support policies which direct funds towards improving the quality of life for all North Norfolk residents, with an emphasis on greater equality, enhanced life chances for young people and support for vulnerable groups. I believe it is important to ensure the correct balance between necessary development alongside the appropriate local services and amenities, and the protection of green spaces and the natural environment.
John Toye (LD) - I am someone who has been on a journey through life to lead me to where I am now, married for over 40 years to someone who I knew at school. I'm on my 3rd career having spent over 20 years in the RAF, 20 years in transport and logistics and now running my own business. I have always been involved with what's happening around me and believe it is better to get involved than to question others.
Living in the ward for over 20 years I have a listening understanding ear and the drive to make things happen, finding solutions through consultation and learning. I keeping people engaged through feedback and explanation. I believe that voting for me will give North Norfolk the opportunity for a fresh start building on its strengths, facing new environmental and social challenges, building a future for us all.
Peter Willcox (C) - My name is Peter Willcox, I grew up in Erpingham attended the primary school and went on to Cawston college. I proudly represented the Erpingham Ward as District Councillor for 8 years from 2003-2011 on the Planning Committee and the Local Development Framework.
I spent a number of years on the Parish Council and was part of a great team of local residents that succeeded in getting funding for the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Erpingham, which has been a resounding success for all ages.
I am 55 this year and live with my fiancé and daughter on the farm in Erpingham where I also work. I have an in depth understanding of the issues and challenges our communities face, including affordable housing for local people, social mobility for the young and elderly and job creation within North Norfolk. I hope to offer a voice for the people of the Erpingham ward within NNDC.
Pierre Butikofer (LD) - Aylmerton has been my home since 2001, and is where my wife Sarah and I chose to come when returning to her Norfolk roots. I'm a retired Chemist who spent over 25 years working for IBM.
In 2016 I stood in a by-election for the District Council ward of Astley and have had the honour of serving local residents there and across North Norfolk since.
Although retired I keep myself busy with Council and Committee duties, freelance photography and with other voluntary work locally. I am proud to be a member of the Sheringham Shantymen.
I enjoy my Council work and have been fighting hard on behalf of local residents ever since I was elected. Now I would like to work with my local community to deliver a better deal for residents across the new Gresham Ward. Whatever your issue planning, highways flytipping or broadband I'm your man.
Hugh Cabbell Manners (C)
Stuart Jones (L)
Callum Ringer (I) - I have lived in the area all my life and I'm probably best known for founding the Rock Bodham music festival which puts on an array of events locally throughout the year, all for charitable and local causes. I work locally and recently graduated with a degree in Geography. Faith in party politics is at an all time low, and many people are not happy with any of the main political parties. I am giving people the chance to come out and vote for something different. I will put local people and our communities before party political doctrine. If elected I will use my position on NNDC to promote and support local amenities, shops, village pubs, and our environment; a real concern given the recent Bacton netting scandal. There are also issues locally with housing, traffic, and rural isolation. Use your vote on May 2nd to vote for me, and put our communities first.
Stephen Burke (L) - “Stephen lives in Happisburgh, is an experienced councillor and knows how to get things done. He is actively involved in the local community, promoting Happisburgh Lighthouse to visitors and on the board of Norfolk charities, Victory Housing and the local NHS. There are big environmental, coastal and planning issues in the villages of Happisburgh ward - these issues demand an experienced councillor who will stand up for all local residents, as well as securing investment in much needed community services and affordable housing. We deserve better in Happisburgh.“
Anne Filgate (G) - I am a retired teacher, artist, long-standing member of Catfield PCC and committee member of The Broads Society. I am passionate to promote a greener world where we all learn to live in harmony with our planet, each other and the precious fauna and flora that surrounds us.
We must protect the historic beauty of Norfolk yet plan for a sustainable future for our growing population.
Local issues such as integrated business/ house planning , improved public transport networks and maintenance/creation of thriving communities are so important.
I see clearly the disillusionment of many Happisburgh residents who feel abandoned over the coastal erosion issue. I have seen the coast recede in the past 30 years. As a geomorphologist, I believe Happisburgh coast should be protected more effectively. In my youth I worked in a hydrological research firm in Grenoble France. We made concrete 4-pronged tetrapods to protect vulnerable land from the sea around the world.
There are solutions, there just has to be a communal determination not to give up.
Richard Price (C) - I have had the privilege of serving the people of East Ruston, Brumstead, Horsey, Ingham, Lessingham and Sea Palling as their District Councillor with NNDC since 2007 and as County Councillor since 2017.
The new Ward loses Sea Palling and Horsey but gains Happisburgh and Honing.
I have helped achieve significant successes over the last 12 years; for example:
- Campaigning to get Vattenfall to choose HVDC so that there will be no Relay Stations in either East Ruston or Happisburgh;
- Opposing on shore Wind Turbines in Brumstead;
- Helping residents with their planning applications, refuse and council tax problems.
I regularly attend Parish meetings. I sit on the Internal Drainage Board which plays a vital role in maintaining the water levels of our rivers and of The Broads. I am also an influential member of the Coastal Forum, working hard to ensure that our coast is kept safe.
Lucy Shires (LD) - Lucy Shires lives in Happisburgh and has always been actively involved in the local community, serving on the Governing Board of Happisburgh Primary for six years and as Chair for three and half of those. Lucy worked with the community to create Acorns Stay and Play group, a charity that supports young children and their families.
Lucy believes it is essential to listen to and work with local residents to secure the best for the district. Her priorities include better sea defences and homes that local people can afford to buy or rent, ensuring that communities continue to thrive. Lucy will work with and support small businesses and tourism to increase local jobs, and wants a reliable broadband and mobile phone network that works for all residents. She will campaign for better bus services to address social isolation and to make sure that all residents have access to local services.
Harry Blathwayt (LD)
Finlay Brisbane-Langsdon (L) - I am standing as a candidate in the district council elections because I believe that the actions of local government have a significant impact on people's lives and I will do my best to make sure that the decisions made are the right ones for the people of Hickling ward. These decisions have a far-reaching effect on our communities and our environment.
The lack of affordable housing in the area is of great concern and young people, in particular, are often not able to make a home in their local community. I am also committed to protecting our environment and will campaign to ensure that the right decisions are made that properly manage the local area and reflect the wishes of the community. I will work hard together with local residents and groups to develop better services and deliver the improvements that are needed and deserved.
Paul Rice (I)
Jane Simpson (C)
Duncan Baker (C) - I grew up in Holt having attended the Primary School before going on to Gresham's and then University. I have been on your Town Council since 2009, proud to have been your Mayor in 2015 – 2017 and represent you at North Norfolk District Council since 2017. I work in Holt and have spent the last 10 years understanding the issues and challenges our community faces. It has been a real privilege helping so many residents to deal with problems, both large or small, over the years. Working in the town has enabled me to be involved in community life and I'm proud across the years to have Chaired the Owl Trail committee and delivered this wonderful project, Chaired the Holt 1940's group and helped raised thousands of pounds for local good causes and served as a trustee of the Holt Youth Club. It is also an enormous honour to be selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Conservative party at the next General Election.
Georgie Perry-Warnes (LD)
Maggie Prior (C) - Mayor of Holt, and your Conservative Candidate for Holt Ward.
My leaflets have detailed the issues I believe are of key importance.
Please remember these specific words when you vote: Local - I am a truly local Candidate. I've lived in Holt all my life. My interests are local to North Norfolk, with a particular passion for Holt. Loyalty – Vote for me and you will have the guarantee that I shall be loyal to my constituents for the whole of my term of office. There'll be no self-serving grandstanding for personal gain. You will be informed by the truth. Public service – I shall work to bring the greatest benefit to Holt Ward, regardless of Party Politics. I won't be swayed by “he who shouts the loudest” or bullied by machinating scheming. I'll stand my ground for what I believe to be right and just, to the best of my ability.
Lyndon Swift (LD) - Why am I standing? I ask myself that everyday! I get up go to work then add this to my daily workload. I knocked on a door, the person that answered said “I don't do politics, I don't vote and I don't believe in it”. I asked him if he was happy with everything in Holt. Of course he wasn't, I asked what would he change, after a ten minute discussion I replied “so you are interested in politics, because you'd like me to help you achieve those things”
I'm not sure he'll vote but he knows I'll listen, I know that because he messaged later with his issues. That made my day!
I want a North Norfolk that provides for all its residents, respecting the environment and the people that call it home. because I believe in a local manifesto based on a future for all that call North Norfolk home , that includes me.
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