Ben Aitken - Mayor of Fylde

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03 May 2007
First Elected
03 May 2007

Born and raised in County Durham, I qualified as a teacher in Manchester in 1971. I taught Geography in two Secondary Schools in Salford, before changing to Special Needs. I achieved a B.Ed and an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs. I taught various ages in SEN for 23 years, in Salford and Wigan.

In 1978, I became the Publicity Officer for the Liverpool Road Station Society (oldest existing passenger station, in the world); Spending a lot of time persuading politicians and the public to save the Station. I organised two cavalcades of vintage vehicles and steam engines, through Market Street and Deansgate (1979 & 80). Fred Dibnah took part in both events, culminating in the Great Railway Exposition in September 1980.

I spent 12 months on the Museum of Science and Industry Advisory Panel, suggesting that a much larger premises was needed, for their exhibits.  I was present when the Queen opened the completed MOSI, with the Station as the Centre piece. In 1983, I qualified as a private pilot and went solo, in a glider.

Married to Bernadette, we have three adult children. We have lived in Ansdell for 25 years.

I began Ansdell in Bloom in 2006, serving as Coordinator for 9 years.  In 2007, I was elected to serve as a Councillor for Ansdell.  I served on Planning for 8 years, 2 as Vice Chairman and 4 as Chairman. I was then transferred to Environment, Health and Housing, serving as Chairman for 5 years.

My goal at present is to help raise funds, in order to renovate Ansdell Institute for future generations.

My hobbies are gardening, reading, playing Crown Green Bowls for Lowther Gardens Team and playing Bridge. I am also a regular attender at Fylde Rugby Union.

 I am a member of St. Joseph’s Church.

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Election History

Thu 3 May 2007 Mon 8 May 2023 Retired

Party Representation History

ConservativeThu 3 May 2007 Mon 8 May 2023

Ward Representation History

AnsdellThu 3 May 2007 Mon 8 May 2023

Current Committee Memberships

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Past Committee Memberships

Current Outside Body Appointments

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Past Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside BodyPast Joining DatePast Leaving Date
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Community Project Fund 25 April 2022 08 May 2023
Community Safety Partnership 09 December 2016 19 October 2020
Fylde Peninsular Water Management Group 06 July 2015 19 October 2020
Police Crime Commissioner Panel 06 July 2015 19 October 2020
Registered Providers (RSO) Partnership (formerly RSL) 06 July 2015 19 October 2020

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring OfficerView
10 November 202210 November 2022

Meeting Declarations

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Mon, 3 Oct 2022Community Governance Review Member Briefing 
Wed, 10 Nov 2021Lytham Institute Briefing  
Tue, 6 Jul 2021Briefing Session - Sea Defence Project 
Mon, 3 Jun 2019Member Induction on GDPR - What Councillors Need to Know 
Mon, 20 May 2019Values and Behaviours/ Code of Conduct etc. Induction Training  
Fri, 17 May 2019Elected Member Induction Session - ICT Getting You Started  
Wed, 8 May 2019Welcome Event  
Mon, 3 Dec 2018Local Plan Briefing Session 
Mon, 29 Oct 2018Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group Briefing Session 
Mon, 23 Apr 2018LCC's Vehicular Highway Strategy Briefing 
Mon, 29 Jan 2018The Work of the Environment Protection and Waste Enforcement Team 
Mon, 27 Nov 2017Safeguarding Seminar  
Mon, 30 Oct 2017Briefing Session on Post-16 Education in South Fylde and Education Reforms 
Mon, 2 Oct 2017Refresher on the Constitutional Debating Procedures 
Mon, 18 Sep 2017LoveMyBeach Briefing Session 
Wed, 16 Aug 2017121 MyCMIS User Training 
Mon, 26 Jun 2017Food Safety Awareness Briefing Session 
Mon, 24 Apr 2017Briefing Session on Shale Gas  
Mon, 19 Sep 2016Heritage Review for the Borough 
Wed, 9 Dec 2015A Local List of Heritage Assets for Lytham St Annes  
Tue, 29 Sep 2015Building and Sustaining Effective Working Relationships  
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Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances11 
Present as expected1091%
Apologies received1100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)0 

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