Town Councillors

Ashington Town Council has provision for 18 Councillors, each representing one of the six wards in the town. Town Councillors are elected representatives.

The work of a Town Councillor can vary from one Councillor to another.  The three main areas of work are summarised below:

  1. Decision making – Through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent and what services should be delivered.  Decision-making is collective and by voting.
  2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
  3. Getting involved locally – As representatives of the community, Councillors may be part of local groups and organisations and may represent individuals and take up issues on their behalf.
  • A Town Councillor must represent the whole electorate not just those that voted for them.
  • A Town Councillor must represent the views of the community.
  • A Town Councillor has a duty to attend Council meetings.
  • A Town Councillor has a duty to ensure the Council is ‘properly’ managed.
  • A Town Councillor may represent a political party or may be independent.
  • A Town Councillor must maintain proper standards of behaviour as an elected representative.
  • A Town Councillor must abide by the adopted Code of Conduct and the Seven Principles of Public Life.
  • A Town Councillor must never use their position to secure personal advantage for themselves, family, or friends.
  • A Town Councillor must sign a declaration of acceptance of office and declare their interests.
  • A Town Councillor must not do anything that brings the Council into disrepute.
  • A Town Councillor is accountable to local people.

Please note that conduct in relation to interests and the registration of them, are regulated by the Localism Act 2011, sections 26-34.  They require the Monitoring Officer of the principle council, i.e. Northumberland County Council, to establish and maintain the register, which is available in the link below.

Declarations of Interests

Introducing the Ashington Town Councillors




Bothal Ward

Councillor Matthew Cuthbert

Councillor Matthew Cuthbert

Vice Chair of Finance & General Services Committee
Bothal Ward Town Councillor
matthewcuthbert123@gmail.com
Councillor Lynne Grimshaw

Councillor Lynne Grimshaw

Chair of Finance & General Services Committee
Bothal Ward Town Councillor
Bothal Ward County Councillor
Lynne.Grimshaw@northumberland.gov.uk
Councillor Bob Walkinshaw

Councillor Bob Walkinshaw

Bothal Ward Town Councillor



Central Ward

Councillor Eleanor Armstrong

Councillor Eleanor Armstrong

Central Ward Town Councillor
eleanorarmstrong22@googlemail.com
Councillor Caroline Ball

Councillor Caroline Ball

Civic Head of Ashington Town Council
Central Ward Town Councillor
Central Ward County Councillor
caroline.ball01@northumberland.gov.uk
Councillor Paul Wright

Councillor Paul Wright

Central Ward Town Councillor
paul.wright@ashingtoncouncillor.org.uk



College Ward

Councillor Gemma Hemsley

Councillor Gemma Hemsley

College Ward Town Councillor
Gemma.hemsley@ashingtoncouncillor.org.uk
Councillor Liam Lavery

Councillor Liam Lavery

College Ward Town Councillor
Liam_Lavery@hotmail.co.uk
Councillor Mark Purvis

Councillor Mark Purvis

Business Chair of Ashington Town Council
College Ward Town Councillor
College Ward County Councillor
Mark.Purvis@northumberland.gov.uk



Haydon Ward

Councillor Marjorie Chambers

Councillor Marjorie Chambers

Haydon Ward Town Councillor
marjoriechambers06@gmail.com
Councillor John Tully

Councillor John Tully

Leader of Ashington Town Council
Haydon Ward Town Councillor
johnraymondtully@gmail.com
Councillor Graeme Wright

Councillor Graeme Wright

Vice Business Chair of Ashington Town Council
Haydon Ward Town Councillor
wright4haydonward@gmail.com



Hirst Ward

Councillor Victor Bridges

Councillor Victor Bridges

Hirst Ward Town Councillor
victor.bridges@ashingtontowncouncil.gov.uk
Councillor Sophie Robinson

Councillor Sophie Robinson

Deputy Civic Head of Ashington Town Council
Chair of Climate Change & Environment Committee
Hirst Ward Town Councillor
sophie4hirst@gmail.com
Councillor Pauline Thompson

Councillor Pauline Thompson

Councillor Pauline Thompson Vice-Chair of Climate Change & Environment Committee
Hirst Ward Town Councillor
paulcastle.54@hotmail.com



Seaton Ward

Councillor Louis Brown

Councillor Louis Brown

Deputy Leader
Seaton Ward Town Councillor
brownsatchmo@sky.com
Councillor Glyn Davies

Councillor Glyn Davies

Seaton Ward Town Councillor
Councillor Jim Lang

Councillor Jim Lang

Seaton Ward Town Councillor
Seaton Ward County Councillor (including Newbiggin by the Sea West)
Jim.Lang@northumberland.gov.uk







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