Details of Aylsham's Town Councillors and the Council Committees they sit on are listed below. Some have provided phone numbers to be contact by; others ask that contact is made via the Town Clerk. - Susan Lake
All Local Authority Councillors whether at Town, District or County have to, by law, register any financial or personal interests they may have. Declarations of interest must be made shortly after election and should be reviewed regularly and updated as required. Councillors are required to declare any interests they may have in matters to be discussed at the start of the meeting or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.
Linked in with the councillors interests is a Code of Conduct. This details how councillors are expected to behave to one another and to the public.
Details of the register of interest for Aylsham Town Council is published by Broadland District Council.
Town Council, Churchyard Committee, Climate, Properties Committee
I joined Aylsham Town Council in 2016. I have been part of different committees, including events, lights and the churchyard. I took a significant role in the production of the Neighbourhood Plan, completing much of the research for the scoping report, the writing of key documents within the Plan and explaining it to a number of groups within the town. I was vice-chairman until December, when I took over as Chairman. I was involved in drafting our reply to the Greater Norwich Local Plan in 2020 and once we learnt in December that Aylsham was now to be allocated two sites rather than one I have lead the response to attempt to have the Plan re-considered. Whatever the result of this campaign as a Town Council we will have to negotiate with the developers and Broadland District Council in respect of the nature of the developments and ensure they comply with the Neighbourhood Plan. I am also part of the group looking at improving Aylsham’s road network.
Town Council, Cittaslow Committee, Churchyard Committee, Properties Committee, Climate
The Town Council plays a pivotal role in providing local services and information to established residents and newcomers to the town.
Having been a teacher I’m very interested in the welfare of children and young people. Also, as Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Trust there is a commitment to the advancement of public education in Aylsham.
I was involved in the completing of the Neighbourhood Plan which sets out to protect the unique features of the town as well as caring for the environment. The Council will now refer to this document as a guide for future development until 2038.
As a Councillor and Vice Chair of the Town Council my role is to represent the people of Aylsham. When moving to the area eight years ago I found the information provided by the Council to be very helpful and my aim is to continue this level of communication by being approachable and supportive.
Town Council, Properties Committee, Climate
I moved to Aylsham in 1984 with my wife, son and daughter. After a number of moves within the town we settled in Millgate. I continued with my career in education both locally and in Norwich until my retirement.
A few years ago I became involved with the Steering Group of the Aylsham Neighbourhood Plan as a local resident working with a number of the Town Councillors. This experience encouraged me to become more involved with the Town Council so I managed to be co-opted onto the council in April 2022.
I have found being on the Town Council rewarding and feel as though I am making a positive contribution to the present and future of Aylsham and hopefully making it an even better place to live. Since becoming a councillor I have joined the Community Events Committee and the Properties Committee.
Town Council, Properties Committee
I am Dave Curtis, I have lived in Aylsham since 1974. I have two grown children who attended Aylsham schools. I first became a town councillor in 2001 and served for five years but could not continue due to work commitments. I am now retired so can give more time to Aylsham as a councillor. I live on the Green Lanes estate and enjoy walking and cycling around the lovely open spaces that Aylsham has to offer.
I am standing for election to Aylsham Town Council as a non-politically affiliated resident, I believe the unique character of the town should be preserved but allowed to adapt to the modern times. The infrastructure of the town and surrounding area should be improved BEFORE any more housing is forced upon us by central government, that means better sewers and utilities, schools and health centres plus improved transport links to Norwich, Cromer and North Walsham.
Town Council, Churchyard Committee, Properties Committee
I am standing for election for another term as a Town Councillor. I was born and bred in Aylsham and have worked for a local doctor’s surgery for several years.
Aylsham is a unique market town that has a lot to offer local people and visitors with close links to Norwich.
Cittaslow Committee, Town Council, Climate
I moved to Aylsham with my wife and two sons in 1986 when the town had a population of less than 5,000 and was sustained by the surrounding local agricultural activity and a thriving livestock market.
Since then, its population has nearly doubled, the livestock market has gone and Aylsham is facing many challenges from large-scale development, changes to the local economy and the High Street, and all the associated pressures on services and infrastructure.
As a regional journalist all my working life, nearly 25 with the Eastern Daily Press, my interest in local affairs has introduced me to many people, organisations, businesses, and the farming industry who have all helped broaden my knowledge of the county.
As a representative of the local community, therefore, I hope to use that knowledge to meet the challenges that Aylsham faces and help preserve its market town heritage and strong sense of community.