Councillors

Cllr Mike Wild

Cllr Mike Wild

Council Chairman

07808 398367

mike.wild@talktalk.net

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Mike and his family have lived in Burley since 2001, and he has been on the council since 2012. He is currently Chair of the Council, Chair for the Finance Committee and Chair of the Staffing Committee

With a background in the private sector, Mike is keen to see that the Parish Council benefit from the best practice that exists outside local government in order to both deliver the activities expected of the council, but also to look afresh at risks and opportunities brought about by significant changes taking place as a result of the Government’s localism agenda. This has ranged from introducing social media and a web site, through to supporting the work of the Neighbourhood Plan and offering a commercial view on the delivery of improved services within Burley

Mike is also on Executive committee of the Burley in Wharfedale Scouts and Guides

Cllr Stuart Bottomley

Cllr Stuart Bottomley

07776 111688

stuartbottomley50@gmail.com

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Stuart moved to Burley in 1979 and has served on the Parish Council since 2011. He is originally from, and was educated in, Halifax. Stuart studied Architecture and worked in both Private Practice and Government offices before starting an Architectural Joinery Manufacturing Co which expanded into Commercial Interior Contracting and Property Co and retired after 35 years of self-employment. He has been married for 50 years, with one daughter, who is a Consultant Doctor in the N H S. His interests are Travel, Gardening Walking and Burley in Wharfedale village life. Stuart has led on the Neighbourhood Plan, the Wharfedale Greenway and was one of the driving forces to make sure Burley got the most from Le Tour.

Cllr Duncan Ault

Cllr Duncan Ault

07939 110653

duncanault@gmail.com

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As a long-standing resident of Burley in Wharfedale, I have always maintained a keen interest in the village and its activities.
I have been Chair of Burley Scouts and Guides and Burley Middle School governors and I have been Chair of Burley Community Trust for the past five years. My reasons for standing for the Parish Council are to ensure that it is inclusive, aware and supportive of the Community and its voluntary organisations, transparent with its plans and actions and aware of its financial obligations to the community.

 

Cllr Vicky Evans

I have lived in the village for over twenty years and brought up two sons who attended local schools. Since retiring as a Consultant Forensic Physician I have become much more involved in the village, especially with the library as a member of the Library Committee and volunteer. If elected I would listen to all views and ensure that the voices of the village are fairly represented at Council. I am passionate that the village should retain its character as a wonderful place to live in with amenities for all ages and a viable infrastructure to support it.

Cllr Bob Felstead

I have lived in Burley for 15 years, with my family. I have contributed to many village activities, such as Christmas lights switch on, supporting Scouts events, etc. Over the past 2 and a half years, I have taken an active role in campaigning against the Sun Lane development. Burley is a great village and whilst it should be a modern place to live, and meet genuine housing needs, a development on the scale of Sun Lane is not justified. In addition, the development is not likely to meet realistic “affordable housing” requirements. Working with a team of people in the village, I have been, and will continue to, fight hard to stop this development. I am not opposed to housing development, but it should be done in a way that provides the type of housing people really need (e.g. starter homes that people can afford to buy) and which doesn’t fundamentally alter the character of this village we all love so much.

Cllr Janet Lepley

Cllr Janet Lepley

07711 329809

lepleyjan@gmail.com

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I moved from Otley in 2013. Since 2014 I have been a volunteer and am presently chair of the Summer Festival. I volunteer for the library and a member of the Save Our Library Site which successfully kept the public library for Burley. I enjoy living in the village and am prepared to put time and effort into supporting the continuing improvements for the residents of the Parish. I attend Parish Council meetings very regularly and strongly believe that the residents of the Parish should have more knowledge and opportunity to be involved in decisions that are taken by the Parish Council. As a Parish councillor I work for better dissemination of information and true consultation with the Parish residents.

Cllr Bernard Poulter

Cllr Bernard Poulter

07855 489059

bernard.poulter@live.co.uk

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My background is in catering & events. A Scout leader in’74 ( with my beads in ‘86) then Explorer Scouts (’94) so my children would have challenges as they outgrew scouts. I instructed in pioneering and camp cooking. (I could build a bridge over the river with enough poles & rope!) A school governor for 13 years, High and Primary schools. I now chair School Admissions Appeals for Leeds CC & the Catholic Diocese. I did a degree late in life in Public Management & Community Governance, graduated 5 years later (2009) at 52. I am actively involved in the village campaign to stop the huge development at Sun Lane. I’ve lived in the village for 5 years now, and marvel at the tremendous communities, from allotments to Zumba that come together to make this a great place to live. (I got a “2nd” for my marmalade at the 2018 show!) I love this village, and appreciate the opportunity to give something back.

Cllr Chris Turner

Originally from Chesterfield, Chris Turner has lived in Burley for 19 years, with his wife and 2 daughters who both attend Ilkley Grammar School. He works as a software engineer in Saltaire. Chris has been campaigning since the very early days, alongside other Burley residents, to oppose the Sun Lane development. He also has an interest in facilitating youth activities, having previously helped run DJing workshops for teens in inner-city Leeds. Chris is also an active member of member of Keighley and Ilkley Green Party, currently holding the role of Deputy Chair.