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 Trust 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.

Cllr Mr Ian Wood-Johnson

Cllr Mr Ian Wood-Johnson

Town Council Committee membership
Cllr Wood-Johnson currently sits on the Environment  Committee. As a Town Councillors he is also a member of the Recreation Ground Trust. 

Cllr Wood-Johnson's personal statement

I was born and educated in Llandrindod Wells Mid Wales where I worked and lived for 21 years. I then joined Tilcon as a driver at the Gore Quarry where I spent 10 years.
I moved to Kington in 1984 and have lived very happily for the last 35 years. In 2002 I formed Kington Motorcycle Club: I ran the club as chairman for seven years, successfully raising funds for the Air Ambulance. My hobbies include gardening, photography, and woodwork.

In 2015 I decided I wanted to give back to Kington in some way. I put my name forward as a candidate for town councillor and in May 2015 I was successfully elected. I am currently on the  Environment Committee, Kington In Bloom working Group, and leader of the Voluntary Clean Up Team, who tidy the town’s footpaths and open spaces helping to make Kington a better place to live. As a new councillor with fresh ideas I hope to become part of a great team and make many more changes and improvements for the people of Kington to enjoy.

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

 

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

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

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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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