Councillor Jake Newbury – 19 years old

 I am a local lad and attended Huntcliff School in Kirton-In-Lindsey and then John Leggott Sixth Form College. I juggle being a Town Councillor with my studies as I am now reading for my degree in History at the University of Warwick.

Managing both can be challenging but it is rewarding. With the pandemic I can logon to Zoom meetings anywhere and I naturally regularly return home anyhow.

I originally became interested in politics because of my interest in history. In year eight at school I studied the Industrial Revolution, from which I was encouraged to read the political philosophy of the period in an early example of interdisciplinary reading so common throughout higher education. These texts of course were digested purely to further my own understanding of modern history rather than implement change or form a coherent worldview. Thus, this reading was a) predicated on something else and b) divorced from the actuality, the cut and thrust and the contingence of politics.

 This all changed with the 2015 election. I still remember watching the Prime Ministerial Debates between Cameron, Miliband, and Clegg; I would be 14 years old at the time. Watching the electoral process made me realise that it is all very well having an abstract ideological text to memorise, recite and use in academic essays but this does not ultimately improve the lives of others. Ancient texts were written in a completely different context and are completely divorced from actual people. Instead, I formed a view that politics must be about action over words and about working to help others in the community. It is in this spirit I have tried to work afterwards: looking to make a difference.'

This page has been created to help younger people understand the structure of local government with specific reference to the town council. Local government can be confusing, but it does not have to be.

The ward of Bottesford that returns three ward councillors can be further subdivided into three further areas – each of whom elect four town councillors. Thus, in total there are 12 Town Councillors. The Town Councillors serve wholly on a voluntary basis, are not paid.

The twelve Councillors meet monthly to discuss local business at the Civic Hall (or over Zoom in light of the pandemic). They can be contacted through the Clerk of the Council. Members of the public are naturally allowed to sit in on meetings for everything except the confidential matters at the end of the meeting. The minutes from meetings are also published on the website for residents to see.

Councillors oversee numerous tasks that benefit the whole community: ranging from running the drop-in centre, Tea Pot Hall, reviewing planning application to the maintenance of local parks used by residents. They receive a precept from North Lincolnshire Council and oversee grants to local charities, such as the Bottesford Town Football Club.

Members staff two Committees with specific jurisdictions and remits. They are the Parks Committee and the Personnel Committee. Further, the Chair of the Town Council, elected by the other councillors, becomes the Mayor of Bottesford. The current Mayor is Councillor John Davison.

Almost everyone in the town will have benefitted from the community spirited work of the Town Council in some way.

The Town Council invite you, the younger generation of Bottesford & Yaddlethorpe, to contribute to the Bottesford Youth page with ideas, comments, or suggestions. This is your town, and we invite you to be part of it in a practical way.

Contact: 01727 859057