Andrew Dobson (Finance)
Having been brought up in Levens I moved to the Parish in 2001. My family is originally from Helsington as my Great grandfather farmed at Sizergh before the First World War. I am married to Aggie and have 2 small boys; Kacper and Oskar. We have family businesses in Levens and Skipton.
Neil Richardson (Chairman)
I was born in Helsington Parish and established my Chartered Land Surveying business in 1989. I was involved in the planning group for the new Helsington and Brigsteer Village Hall which was completed in 2010. I am married and we have three children who attended school in Levens and Kendal. My interests/hobbies are mountaineering, fell running and sailing. I became involved with the Parish Council and Community Land Trust to address the spiralling house costs in South Lakeland.
I have lived in Brigsteer for 46 years and have now retired from farming. I have 4 adult sons and I am a member of the village hall committee, the WI and the Sewing and Lace group. I have joined the board of The Community Land Trust to represent the farming and rural community in the hope of obtaining affordable homes for local people.
Mike Whelan (Secretary to Helsington CLT)
I have lived in the Lyth Valley for 30 years the past 21 of those in Brigsteer. I am married with two adult daughters and an incredibly active two year old grandson! 21 years ago I was in the fortunate financial position of being able to buy Plumtree Farmhouse. The previous couple, Arthur and Christine Sykes had decided to retire from their “rented farm” The last words Christine said to me was, I have lived here for 58 years and now I’m retiring I can’t afford to live here! These words have stuck in my mind and it is not only the younger, but also the whole age range of local people we as a Trust should be working for. Over the years we have lost the Post Office, Garage and local shop and recently the local pub “The Wheatsheaf” closed. I feel that as a Trust we now have an incredibly strong board that can address these problems for a rural community.
I have lived in the Parish nearly all of my life (since 1963) and would like to put something back as it were. Supporting the range of local people who would like to live and /or work in the area but are unable to do so due to extreme property prices.
I’m a strong believer of affordable housing as a way of enabling a full range of the local community to live and /or work in the area and in particular to enable the retention of the skills of the young ones who are currently being out priced, lost at the moment to other more affordable areas.
I’m committed to supporting local houses for local people.