Mike and his family have lived in Burley since 2001, and he has been on the
council since 2012, serving as Chair in 2018 & 2019.
The Government’s localism agenda has provided significant opportunities for the Parish Council, and Mike has been keen to see the Parish Council take new approaches and develop a leading role to improve the village we live in. This has included supporting significant change in the village such as the
- development of the Neighbourhood Plan – the first application in the Bradford district
- creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme – now attracting over 200 young people
- asset transfer from Bradford which saw green spaces and buildings transfer over for management by the Parish Council
- £500k refurbishment of the Queens Hall and Library
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, and take some tough decisions, in order to improve the activities and services in the village.
Mike is also on Executive committee of the Burley in Wharfedale Scouts and Guides