Jed Hillary is standing in the forthcoming local elections for Great Aycliffe Town Council in the Aycliffe Central Ward and for Durham County Council in the Aycliffe North and Middridge Division.

Working for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, he has over 35 years management experience gained during his military career and afterwards, in engineering manufacturing, retail, utilities and the NHS. He studied at the University of Sunderland and Northumbria University, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. He is able to bring his life skills and management experience to effective use as a Councillor and is passionate about improving Newton Aycliffe now and for the future.

A hands-on person, Jed is willing to muck in and do his bit. He can be found on the Town Council Santa tours on Christmas Eve and is an active School Governor. His successes as a Councillor include securing funding to create the Multi Use Games Area at Moore Lane; the long overdue re-vamp of Baliol Green play area; championing the re-build of Vane Road School (what was then, the last remaining Avon Class asbestos built school in the UK); winning a landmark planning decision protecting our green open spaces from future development; provision of additional speed visors around the town to reduce traffic speed; off road parking schemes; and creation of dropped kerbs. During the recent lock-down he and his wife launched a very successful campaign to provide laptops and tablets for our local primary school children.

Behind the scenes he has liaised with the police and registered social landlords to facilitate the re-housing of a victim of ongoing anti-social behaviour; gone out in a storm at midnight to assess a fallen tree across a road and waited until the emergency response team arrived on-site; had litter bins, salt silos and dog bins sited on the town; had potholes repaired and roads re-surfaced; had remedial action taken on uneven footpaths; cleared the pavements of snow in his local area; resolved countless constituent issues in a timely manner and undertaken charity fund raising activities.

These achievements have been accomplished by working in partnership with fellow Councillors, 3rd party organisations and the Officers of Durham County Council and Great Aycliffe Town Council. Funding has been secured, budgets allocated and schemes developed. These activities take time. Time to research, time to plan, time to consult, time to liaise with people, time to prepare and develop proposals, time to follow-up issues that arise and time to make a difference for you, the Townspeople of Aycliffe.

If you put your trust in Jed, he will be your voice on the Great Aycliffe Town Council and Durham County Council. He will seek to further improve youth activities; promote a partnership approach to tackling anti social behaviour; promote and support local businesses; listen to residents and consult on any future Council developments and proposals; promote environmental, climate, wellbeing and mental health issues; and continue his efforts to help the people of Newton Aycliffe.