Andrew lives in Bedale with his wife having moved here in 2004. He is now retired following a career in the MOD Police. He spends much of his time serving the community volunteering for: Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs (SYD), Bedale Community Library, The Cinnamon Trust, and Sue Ryder. He is currently Chair of Trustees of the newly formed Bedale Community Library CIO.
Why I am a Councillor:
“I am impressed by the character of Bedale and by the friendliness and community spirit of its people. Bedale has an expanding community and with the number of existing and projected new housing developments its infrastructure is coming under increasing pressure. I want to ensure that Bedale is able to meet the challenges that these pressures bring without losing those qualities which makes it special and unique.
As part of the democratic decision making process my wish is to represent the residents of Bedale in an effort to ensure that they benefit from future developments and initiatives and that they feel that their concerns are being recognised, acknowledged and addressed.”
What I want for Bedale:
“Having a library in Bedale is very important to me. I helped petition against the library becoming a Community Managed Library with the loss of its paid staff. Inevitably, due to cuts imposed by Central Government, NYCC decided that libraries would be a casualty."
"The Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar bypass/relief road will bring a long awaited reduction in the congestion due to the amount of traffic passing through Bedale. What I do not want to see is Bedale passed by; initiatives need to be developed to keep Bedale an attractive and safe place to stop and spend some time.”
“Bedale is a great place to live. If you have any concerns that you wish to bring to the attention of the Council that cannot be answered or addressed elsewhere on this site then please feel free to contact me.”