Your Councillors and what they do
Bracknell Town Council
There are fiveLabour Councillors on Bracknell Town Council : Paul Bidwell, Danielle Turner, Kathryn Neil, Guy Gillbe and Mary Temperton. The Bracknell Town Council maintains most of the recreational areas and play areas in Bullbrook, Priestwood, Garth, Wildridings, Harmans Water, Crownwood, Easthampstead, Hanworth, Burch Hill and Great Hollands: inherited from the Bracknell New Town Development Corporation all those years ago.
The Council also:
- Hires out the tennis courts, sports pitches, and crazy golf
- Employs its own staff who take enormous pride in their work
- Is responsible for the allotments, a few bus shelters and the TV licence scheme
- Provides grants to local charities, including a large grant to support South Hill Park.
- Manages the move to electric vehicles and machinery
The Neighbourhood Plan has recently been supported by the referendum. There were a lot of comments and concerns on Social Media about the need for this plan and the powers it would grant. Bracknell Town Council is not the planning authority. It can only comment on plans presented. Adopting the Neighbourhood plan will ensure more of the money received from developers to support the local community will be received by Bracknell Town Council. This money can be used to improve and sustain the facilities provided by the Town Council, without having to increase the Council Tax to pay for such improvements.
We are proud to ensure South Hill Park is financially supported, to try and safeguard its survival. To us, ‘South Hill Park’ is the jewel in the Crown. We are so lucky to have such a provision.
Bracknell Forest Council
There are four Labour Councillors on Bracknell Forest Council : Kathryn Neil, Mary Temperton, Paul Bidwell and Tricia Brown. Our work covers all aspects of the Council including Adult and Children’s Social Care, Fostered Children, Education, Planning, caring for the Environment, considering the spending, roads parking and transport, governance, looking after the staff, housing, recycling and bin collection and leisure services.
Case work is why we all became Councillors—to make a difference, and we have supported residents with a number of issues:
- Housing issues – overcrowding, homelessness, mould, poor heating, leaks, subsidence. These are always the most difficult to resolve.
- Parking – is the next most challenging and will not go away any time soon but we continue to support where we can and push for solutions to the problem.
- Maintenance of verges, fly-tipping, road safety, antisocial behaviour, speeding, issues with Universal Credit and Personal Independence payments, improving the LED lighting,
- Keeping residents informed, signposting to available support
….and so much more.
We value your comments and requests and following them through. It is a real privilege to be elected. Being a Local Councillor enables us to serve our communities more effectively. We are here to make a difference.
Read on to find a little more about us. If you think we can help, please get in touch—our contact details are with our details below.
Councillor Mary Temperton
Leader of Bracknell Labour Group, Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Great Hollands North, Bracknell Town Council, Great Hollands North
I really enjoy knocking on doors and campaigning, so with a good team behind me, and great and active candidates, it is a real privilege be the Deputy Chair, for Campaigning, and the Agent. I like to lead by example and would never ask anyone to do what I would not do myself.
I joined the Labour Party when I was 16 and have been campaigning for a fairer and just society ever since. I have never lived in a Labour Constituency. Even as a student, I chose the wrong bit of Manchester! I was a Science teacher all my working life and am still passionate about education, ensuring every child matters. It is a real privilege to be the Labour Councillor representing my community of Great Hollands North.
It is harder to continually fight the huge majority of Tories on the Bracknell Forest and Bracknell Town Councils but we do get our voices heard and we are making a difference.
Mary can be contacte at firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Kathryn Neil
Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Great Hollands North, Bracknell Town Council, Great Hollands North
Kathryn can be contacted at email@example.com
Councillor Tricia Brown
Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Priestwood and Garth
Tricia can be contacted at Tricia.Brown@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Councillor Paul Bidwell
Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Old Bracknell.
Paul also serves as a Town Councillor for Priestwood.
Paul can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Danielle Turner
Bracknell Town Council, Crown Wood
Danielle can be contacted at Danielle.Turner@bracknelltowncouncil.gov.uk
Councillor Guy Gillbe
Bracknell Town Council,Old Bracknell
Guy can be contacted at email@example.com
Elected in a 2022 by-election, Guy moved to Bracknell in 2015, first living in Jennett’s Park, then Wildridings, and now Easthampstead. Attracted to Bracknell by its New Town ethos, Guy is determined to defend its founding philosophy – an abundance of green space, close-knit communities, and ease of travel by walking or public transport – at the same time as making improvements based on the collective experience gained since its inception.
With a background in operations for the charity sector, Guy wants to bring forward his experience of working with families in hardship. As a proud resident of Easthampstead, he wants to stand up for what he considers to be one of the jewel communities of our borough.
In his spare time, Guy feels the best way to understand Bracknell Forest is by walking it, so he enjoys his time as an avid rambler with his partner Emily…and their pet dog Pip! However, he still partakes in the thrills of being an obsessive F1 fan.
Councillor Peter Frewer
Winkfield Parish Councillor
Peter can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org