John is married with two grown-up children and has lived in the town since 2002. He is a retired Planning Officer who has had two spells with Hambleton District Council,; in the mid 1970's (when his office was The Ballroom in Bedale Hall!) and from 2003 to 2015 when he retired for the second time. His main area of work was in Bedale itself and the surrounding villages. He is a volunteer with the Bedale Tourist Information Centre and involved with the Bedale "Litter Busters".
WHY I BECAME A COUNCILLOR
Although I retired in 2015 many people did not realise this and would stop me in the street and ask me questions about current issues! I therefore decided that it would make sense to remain involved and try to have an input into maintaining and improving the special character and vitality that the town has. To drive into the town from the direction of Crakehall and see St Gregory's Church, Bedale Hall and the sweep of the Georgian buildings is something which always makes me feel grateful to be able to live here. In addition to conserving its original characterful buildings we need to maintain the community spirit and economic vitality to safeguard its future.
WHAT I WISH FOR BEDALE
Every time I work a shift at the Tourist Information Centre at least one person will come in and say "What a lovely part of the world this is". It is true and I want Bedale to continue to have this appeal for visitors and also to remain a great place to run a business or service and to live and bring up a family.