Your Town Councillors

Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Banks

Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Banks

Deputy Mayor

Cllr Elizabeth Banks has been a member of the Town Council since 1998 and has served two terms as Mayor, 2006-2010 and 20015 - 2017.
Cllr Banks  is currently serving as Deputy Mayor, assisting the current Mayor in his duties where necessary. 
Cllr Elizabeth Banks is also Chair of the Recreation Ground Management Group.
Town Council Committee membership
As a Deputy Mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Banks sits ex officio on all of the Council's committees.

Cllr Banks's personal statement
She is an eminent horticulturist, and manages Hergest Croft Gardens, Kington with her family. Hergest Croft Gardens is a 70-acre garden and arboretum which has been called“one of the finest collections of woody plants in private hands in the British Isles”. She published Creating Period Gardens in 1991 and has written, and given, various articles and lectures on horticulture. She has made several media appearances (TV and Radio) in the UK, USA and Canada.

  • 1980 Diploma of Landscape Architecture: University of Greenwich
  • 1981 Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute
  • 2011 Fellow of The Institute of Horticulture
  • 2011 Honorary Degree Design University of Greenwich
  • 2012 Honorary Degree Science University of Worcester
  • 2010-2013 President Emeritus of Royal Horticultural Society 

Cllr Mr Bob Widdowson

Cllr Mr Bob Widdowson

MAYOR

Cllr Widdowson is the Town Council's current Mayor: he also served  as Mayor from 2010 - 2014.
Town Council Committee membership
As Mayor, Cllr Widdowson sits ex officio on all of the Council's committees. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Widdowson's personal statement
We moved to Kington almost twenty years ago. I first joined the town council in 2007 and was mayor for four years until 2014. I work as a consultant to voluntary organisations mainly in the advice sector such as CABs. I have spent most of my working life in the voluntary sector mainly with housing charities such as Shelter. I am currently vice chair of Herefordshire Campaign to Protect Rural England and a founder member of the Herefordshire Anti-Poverty Alliance where I chair the housing group. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and my key interests are the environment, housing and poverty, and social justice. 



Cllr Mr Martin Fitton

Cllr Mr Martin Fitton

Deputy Mayor

Cllr Fitton was elected Mayor of Kington in May 2017 and served two terms of  twelve months each in this post. 
As the outgoing Mayor Cllr Fitton will now serve one term as a deputy, assisting the current Mayor in his duties and advising the new Deputy Mayor where necessary.

Town Council Committee membership
As Deputy Mayor, Cllr Fitton sits ex officio on all of the Council's committees. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Fitton's personal statement 
I came to Kington six years ago from Wales, where I was involved in running National Parks. I have lived in Brecon and Cardiff, so enjoyed city and small town life.

This career has given me long experience of managing the environment, planning and community development. I'm now involved in various organisations that protect the environment and promote community education. With my wife I live on, and help run, a smallholding which requires practical land management skill and close engagement with free range chickens with attitude.


Cllr Mr Richard Banks

Cllr Mr Richard Banks

 Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Richard Banks currently sits on the Scrutiny, Personnel and Finance Committees. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Banks' personal statement
Cllr Richard Banks is an eighth generation Kington resident..

He is a financial marketing consultant specialising in promoting flows of investment capital into and from emerging markets. He runs his own company headquartered at Hergest Court where he also lives with his partner and two (almost) grown up children. 

As an elected member of the Council, Cllr Banks thinks that keeping and creating jobs for residents are a vital priority and that change must always be balanced by continuity. He believes that connectivity and communication are central to the creation of vibrant modern rural communities. Despite having travelled to nearly 100 countries Cllr Banks always rather be in Kington.


Cllr Mr Tom Bounds

Cllr Mr Tom Bounds

 Cllr Bounds is a long-serving member of Kington Town Council and has served the community for many years.

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Bounds currently sits on the Finance, Planning, Services and Environment Committees. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Bounds'  personal statement
I was born in Kington and have lived here all my life. I am a qualified Electrical Engineer, and the owner of Tom Bounds Electrical shop. I have dedicated myself to serving our community and have been a serving member of Kington Town Council for a long time. I am also a Parish Councillor for Kington rural and Lower Harpton Parish.

Cllr Mr John Dennis

Cllr Mr John Dennis

 Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Dennis sits on the Environment and Services Committees. He is Chair of the Environment Committee. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Dennis' personal statement 
I am John Dennis and have lived and worked in Kington as a veterinary surgeon since 1977. Having retired from Arrowfield Veterinary Practice two years ago, I’ve spent time studying Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Management for a postgraduate qualification. 

Last year I did voluntary work with an animal charity in Sri Lanka. My spare time is often spent walking dogs with my partner and travelling to various rock climbing areas in the UK and abroad. 

Since joining the Town Council I’ve been working with Operation Kington to help clean up the town and its footpaths and now feel there is a great opportunity to further help the people of Kington following the EU Referendum.
I welcome anyone wishing to approach me with their problems and will do my best to raise and resolve their concerns at Town Council level.


Cllr Mr Fred Hawkins

Cllr Mr Fred Hawkins

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Hawkins sits on the Planning, Services and Finance Committees. He is the Chair of the Planning Committee. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

 Cllr Hawkins' personal statement
I was born in Warwickshire into a farming family. I moved to Herefordshire over 20 years ago with my wife who is a Herefordshire Lass. We have been in the pub trade for over 10 years and have been established at the Oxford Arms in Kington for over eight. I have always had an interest in business and finance – I enjoy getting to know how things run. I joined the Council as I wanted to see if I could make a difference in the town. In my spare time I enjoy both coin and stamp collecting (yes really) and keeping my customers happy. 

Cllr Mr Rob MacCurrach

Cllr Mr Rob MacCurrach

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr MacCurrach currently sits on the Environment and Personnel Committees. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr MacCurrach's' personal statement
I am a forester and woodland owner living in Kington on the Hergest side of town. I am also a Reader and active member of the church, environmentalist, bicyclist, gardener and believe in the power of community in a changing and challenging world.

Cllr Mrs Pat Prior

Cllr Mrs Pat Prior

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Prior currently sits on the Environment and Services Committees. As a Town Councillors she is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Prior's personal statement
I was born and raised in South Wales in a loving extended family network. My grandmother was a special person in my life and influential in my later career choice. I gained my Nurse Registration at the age of 21 and became a Ward sister at the age of 23, specialising in General Surgery. I always say, with tongue in cheek, that my only claim to fame was being part of the team involved in the first kidney transplant at Cardiff Royal Infirmary. Later I worked in Child Care for West Glamorgan Social Services: I moved to Hereford in 1979 and worked for Hereford Social Services in Elderly Care. I came to Kington in 1981 to work at Kingswood Hall and in 1988 I established The Garth Care Services with my husband. 

Having been in Kington for 35 years, I have been instrumental in providing quality local care and support services, such as nursing, residential, respite/short stay and homecare in the town. I am now semi-retired and remain involved in setting standards and auditing care/nursing services. I will always be passionate about those needing help and support at differing times in their lives: with maturity of years I hope that that my experience can now help Kington to retain all necessary services we require for our town during the difficult times we are facing.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving the community by your votes.

Cllr Mrs Esther Rolls

Cllr Mrs Esther Rolls

As well as serving on Kington Town Council, Cllr Rolls is also the Clerk for the neighbouring Kington Rural and Lower Harpton Parish.
Town Council Committee membership

Cllr Rolls currently sits on the Finance, Personnel, Planning,  and Scrutiny Committees. As a Town Councillor she is also a member of the Recreation Ground Management Group.

Councillor Rolls' personal statement
I moved to Kington in November 1995. Although no longer resident in the town, I lved here for 20 years - the longest that I have lived anywhere. I originate from a place called Champneys (yes - the Health Resort) ans as my father worked there, I spend my formative years there. After leaving home I moved a few times, ending up in Kington in 1995, so Kington feels like home.  I have two grown up children and am grandmother to five boys.

As a Councillor, I like to think that as a long-term resident I got to grips with some of the issues and delights of the area.  I am a great dog lover and can say with confidence that thedog walks in this are are fantastic - I know because I am often seen in the area walking my dogs. 

As a Councillor I regularly attend most meetings and sit on most committees: I consider the planing committee to be the most important. I consider myself lucky to serve a community such as Kington and like to think that I have the majority of residents' interests at heart.

As well as serving on Kington Town Council,  Councillor Rolls is the Clerk for the neighbouring Kington Rural and Lower Harpton Parish.


 

Cllr Mr Rowan Griffiths

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Griffiths currently sits on the Planning, Finance, Environment and Services Committees. As a Town Councillors he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Griffiths' personal statement
At 9 and 20 years, I am proud that 9 of those years have been spent living in Kington, and 10 working here as a gardener. I soon found tha the community embraced me and have been fortunate to have been involved in some voluntary work locally, mainly around trees, which are both my pleasure and my passion. I will be forever indebted to the town where I met my partner and the best thing ever to happen to me. We have two children who are both at the local primary school.

 I have always taken an interest in public service: in spite of being new to the Town Council I hope that I can bring oth enthusiasm, flexibility and a willingness to learn my role as Councillor.  I think what is imperative to this privilege (and privilege it is) is, that we must remember that in spite of our interests, specialisations and the uniqueness that as individuals we may bring ot the role, we must endevour to represent all the people of Kington.  Perhaps, expecially those who often feel disenfranchised and not always heard.

With a young famiy of my own I also hope to bear in mind the role that children and young people play in our community. Essentially though, I'd just like to be useful and feel that whatever benefits we can provide as a local form of Governance we should  be grasping with both hands.


 

Cllr Mr Patrick Edwards

Cllr Mr Patrick Edwards

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Edwards currently sits on the Planning and Environment Committees. As a Town Councillors he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Cllr Edwards' personal statement
I started my working life as an apprentice and became an engineering manager for a Hereford company.
I later went into teaching and became the Deputy Head of an outdoor education centre in Cornwall, then the Head of a centre in Yorkshire.  Bereavement forced a return to Herefordshire where I married and returned to the building trade.
Now disability prevents me from doing heavy work and I have retrained as an Education Presenter for the RNLI.



Cllr Mr Jon Cooke

Cllr Mr Jon Cooke

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Cooke currently sits on the Planning and Environment Committees. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.


Cllr Cooke's personal statement
I have lived in Kington for 15 years and am an active member of KLEEN. 
I’ve been involved with the coppicing on Bradnor Green, regularly help at the Repair Cafe, help with the community orchards, have had an allotment and am a member of the car share scheme. I also volunteer at Spring Greens and Beer on the Wye. 

I work part time as an Outside Broadcast Television engineer, mainly working on televised cricket matches. I have a degree in History and Archaeology and worked for English Heritage for a number of years, including a large conservation project at Wigmore Castle. I am also a qualified yoga teacher.

I care passionately about environmental matters and am a member of Extinction Rebellion: I have very strong views about the imminent danger of climate breakdown.

 

Cllr Mr Tony Bennett

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Bennett currently sits on the Planning Committee. As a Town Councillor he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust.

Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Town Councillor.  If you would like to be considered for this role, please speak to the Clerk

What is a Councillor?

Kington Town Councillors are members of the Council, democratically elected by the local community. Most of the current council was elected in May 2015 with the exception of those who have joined more recently to replace Councillors who have found it necessary to step down from their duties. A normal term of office is five years. All councillors are expected to work together for the benefit of our community. Each councillor is expected bring local issues to the attention of the Council and help it to make decisions on behalf of the local community.

Town Councillors work on behalf of the community voluntarily. They are not paid for the work that they do. The Mayor is entitled, in law, to an allowance to enable him/her to meet the expenses of being in office, such as attending public functions, opening events, public relations and generally promoting the town.
The Mayor chairs the main meetings of the Council each month. 

In accordance with the law each Councillor must make a 'Declaration of Registrable Interests' - on any financial or business interests that they have, both locally and further afield.  To view Declarations of Registrable Interests for Kington Town Councillors, please click HERE

 

 

The role of a Councillor

Code of Conduct

Every Councillor has a duty to act properly and to abide by the adopted Code of Conduct, to attend meetings of the Council, to declare interests as appropriate (Local Government Act 2000 Part III), and to represent the electorate as a whole, not just his/her own voters.

 

The role of a Councillor

A Councillor's role is to assist in management of the Council, depending upon available resources and level of activity, including:
  • Setting the budget and making policy decisions 
  • Human resources
  • Monitoring the proper implementation of decisions made by the Council
  • Suggesting and developing new initiatives and development of existing policies
  • Ensuring that the views of the community are submitted to the relevant persons or bodies and that the special interests of the community are safeguarded or promoted.

 

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