Shaun Born and bred Barlicker
I’m 32, a born and bred Barlicker and back in January I volunteered to help on the town council. My ‘trial period’ proved I can do the job justice (and keep a much needed close eye on budgets, paperwork and process). I was almost voted back on in May, but despite getting almost 900 votes, I just missed out (by 24 votes). The person who pipped me to the post resigned from the council over the summer, triggering another election.
What do I bring? I’m self-employed helping Barlick businesses succeed online, having worked in education, communications and management at the Woodland Trust and Wildlife Trusts for 10 years. Some of you might recognise me from my early days in Barlick: Bankfield Post Office (Saturday job in the shop), my paperround on the Ghyll Meadows and Coates estates, several pantomimes by the Barnby Players, volunteering at the OAP luncheon club at St Joseph's, Barnoldswick History Society committee, working on the canal boat at Foulridge Canal Cruises, Boy's Brigade at St Andrew's, West Craven Youth Band and the times I represented the area in youth exchanges to China and the United Nations climate change negotiations in Germany and the Netherlands. I went to school at Rainhall Road and then Ermysted's Grammar School in Skipton.
My story It's time to give something back
I was shaped by the Barlick community - the staff at Rainhall Road who got us litterpicking, the councillors who recognised our efforts, the volunteers who ran Boys' Brigade, club night and youth band, the shopkeepers who ran the town centre events, the round table who organised the gala, the churchgoers who founded the theatre group - and a whole heap more.
After finishing school I lived in Bristol, Worcestershire and Lincolnshire for 12 years. We moved our young family up to Barlick in 2013, when I commuted to Manchester every day (never being here for community activities or when the shops are open, like many residents). Since last year I've worked in Barlick, being able to use and support local businesses, groups and activities.
I want to help support the current ranks of community-minded people and nurture a sense of collective responsibility and society in the next generation.
Your Green councillor for the common good
Why am I a member of the Green Party? Because it proudly stands for the positive things in life, for the common good: fairness, equality and creating a better - shared - future. And it’s the things we share that make Barlick so good.
As a label for me and how I think, it fits. I have always had an interest in the environment - started at the Green Group at Rainhall Road school (thank you Mr Walker!) - so naturally I like to work with a group of people who feel the same. I work with other green councillors and members in Craven, Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale, plus a national network of town councillors who share experiences and information.
But the Green Party is also about so much more: fairness, society, equality, community, taking decisions locally, respecting others, supporting a healthy sustainable economy, closing tax loopholes, spending on education and health over war and weapons... the list goes on