Cllr. Peter Richardson
I represent the Maesbury with Aston Ward of the parish and I have lived in Maesbury since 1997. I re-joined the Council in May 2017 although I was a Parish Councillor for many years up until 2013 when I had some health issues.
I became a Councillor to give something back to the community where I live and to put forward the views and opinions of the people and community that I respresent in the Maesbury with Aston Ward. I act as a point of contact for the Maesbury with Aston community where they can come and discuss local issues.
My ambitions for the Council include:
- being a voice of the electors that the Council represents;
- ensuring that planning policy is adhered to and to protect the communities that we represent;
- that the Council can continue to develop the skills required for good Councillors and to achieve Quality Status in the future.
I work in ICT and Telecoms and Cyber Security and I am very intrested in emerging technologies. I enjoy the countryside and I am a keen Clay Pidgeon Shooter.
Cllr. Anthony John Davies
I represent the Trefonen with Treflach Ward of the parish and I have lived in the parish for 43 years.
I became a councillor because I have been fortunate in acquiring skills during a long career, which I think could be useful in attempting to help the local community. I enjoy living in my village of Trefonen and through a combination of good luck and hard work I have a good lifestyle. I want to help others, particulary those who are less fortunate, to experience the same.
Parish Councils have been described as “sleeping giants” of communities and I believe this to be the case. They have massive opportunities to improve lives and the environment and it is my ambition to contribute to these aspirations.
I am, and have been, active in the local community and have had various positions with many different organisations. These include The Rotary Club of Oswestry; Oswestry Rugby Club; Offa Community Support, and recently the P3 Environmental Group.
Cllr. Martin Bennett
I first came to the NW area of Shropshire in 1976 and toured the area daily in my job as Mobile Librarian. I rapidly became familiar with the concept of restructuring in Local Government being caught up in them after 6 months and worked at Oswestry and other branches, eventually being moved to Shrewsbury, and fulfilling several different roles. When Telford Unitary Council was created, I spent the last 10 years of my working life there until early retirement and redundancy.
Throughout my working life I have had to be flexible in my thinking and learn to work in different ways, two characteristics I brought to my life as a Councillor on Oswestry Town Council, Oswestry Borough Council and Shropshire Council. Between my working life and my time as Councillor I can call upon some 60 cumulative years of experience. I have been Mayor 4 times – (3x Town 1x Borough).
In the voluntary sector, I was a member of the Oswestry CAB management committee for some 20 years, acting as Chair several times, and leading the nationally required reviews. I served as a Governor for 23 years, and Chair of Governors at what is now Holy Trinity school.
I was a member of the West Midlands Arts Council – which became the Arts Board, and then much more firmly part of the National Arts system.
I am currently Chair of the Ethos Group Oswestry – a local charity to provide transitional housing for persons with Spinal Injuries, and member of one of the Lichfield Diocesan Education committees. I have been a Local Preacher since 1997, and am Secretary to the Oswestry Methodist Church Council, and Pre-School Group.
I am a firm believer in democracy and local decision making. I was concerned and disappointed to learn that Morda and Sweeney Ward of the ORPC had been left without any Councillors following the last elections and offered myself for co-option to help fill the vacancies. I hope to serve all the residents in their needs to the best of my ability for the next 4 years.