Councillors

Parish Councillors are linked with a number of local groups, represent the Council on outside organisations and are members of the Parish Council’s committees. With a maximum of 9 Councillors on the Council this means the workload can be shared. Councillors who have recently joined the Council will have fewer responsibilities than those who have served the Council for a number of years until they become familiar with how the Parish Council and its Committees work.

All Members of the Council are required to complete a Register of Interests under the Localism Act 2011, the form is the Notification to the Monitoring Officer of Barnsley MBC of any disclosable pecuniary interests to be entered on the Register of Members' Interests. These are public documents, a summary of the register can be viewed by clicking the link. The complete register of members interests can be found on Barnsley MBC website or by clicking the links below.

Meryl Liddell

Councillor Profile

Joined the Council in 2011. Meryl is the editor of the Parish newsletter and responsible for the social media accounts on face book and twitter for the Parish Council. Represents the Parish Council on the Silkstone charities committee. Parish Council committees: Media Committee

Link Councillor to Edward Bear Playgroup, Silkstone Guides, Silkstone Luncheon club, Silkstone Toddler group, Silkstone Common Ladies Choir and Silkstone Common Women’s Institute.

Special interests: Community engagement especially through social media.

Originally from Liverpool, I moved to Silkstone Common 25 years ago with my husband and two children. Derek and I have lived in the ‘village’ ever since. Our two young daughters grown up, and flown the nest, now having children of their own. This is my second time on the Parish Council, having previously left due to family commitments. I work full time in Doncaster for an Arms Length Management Organisation which manages the housing stock of 21000 properties for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. I hope to use my experience of working within the community engaging with local residents to the advantage of the residents of Silkstone Parish.

Richard Leech

Richard Leech

Vice Chairman

01226 791679

rich@richardleech.co.uk

Register of interests

Councillor Profile

Richard joined the Council in 2005 and has been Chairman since 2012. He is responsible for internal checks on accounting reports prepared by the responsible finance officer (RFO) including quarterly bank reconciliation, budget monitor and Vat return. He meets with the RFO and internal auditor annually.

As Chairman he has more responsibilities than other Councillors and is the media spokesman for the Council. He sits on the Ward Alliance grants panel with Barnsley MBC ward councillors. He is the Clerks point of contact for all staffing matters and carries out the Clerk/RFO staff appraisal annually.

Parish Council committees – Chairman of Silkstone Playing Fields Committee, Chairman of the Twinning Committee, Chairman of Policy Committee, Chairman of Media Committee and member of planning committee.

Link Councillor to CARE, Silkstone in Bloom, Silkstone Utd Football Club & Rock in the Rec, Silkstone Cricket club and Huskar Community Rooms committee.

Special interest in sport, the environment and generally making the Parish a better place to live.

Derek Liddell

Derek Liddell

Councillor

01226 790509

derek.liddell@btinternet.com

Register of interests

Councillor Profile

Content coming soon. 

Debra Smith

Debra Smith

Councillor

07443 221784

jd@jdblackhorse.me.uk

Register of interests

Councillor Profile

Content coming soon. 

Ron Stier

Councillor Profile

Represents the Parish Council at Penistone Paramount , Silkstone charities and South Yorkshire branch of the Yorkshire Local Councils Associations. He also attends meetings with Barnsley Western Area Transport group and the Crime and Safety Sub group meeting with the safer neighbourhood’s team.

Parish Council Committee – Silkstone Playing Fields Committee, Planning Committee and Allotments working party.

Link Councillor to CARE and Silkstone Common Good Companions.

Works at the Silkstone Pavilion every Friday morning assisting the Parish handyman with health & safety paperwork, health & safety checks of the Pavilion and recreation ground. Works with the Parish Clerk and accompanies her on inspection visits to the allotments, woods and recreation ground.

Special interests – public transport for elderly residents, youth sport at Silkstone recreation ground. 

Alan Thompson

Councillor

007870 191873

alan.thompson2010@hotmail.co.uk

Register of interests

Councillor Profile

Content coming soon.