Serving the people of Long Ashton & Leigh Woods


The Council consists of 21 councillors who are local people elected for a 4-year term of office every four years. Councillors are not paid and give up their time freely to serve the local community.

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Your Parish Councillors

Cllr Cathy Fagg


Cathy Fagg is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning
  • Environment
  • Finance and General Purposes
  • Staffing
  • LACA Sub-Committee

Cathy Fagg's Register of Interests.

About Cathy:

Having lived in Long Ashton for 17 years and reared 2 children, I love Long Ashton for its green setting, community spirit and closeness to Bristol. Now I'm retired from the NHS, I'm enjoying time with people, running, swimming, gardening and writing. I'm keen to support local services and a sustainable environment.

39 Ridgeway Road,
Long Ashton,
BS41 9EY
07952 203618

Cllr Phil Jackson (Vice Chair)

Phil Jackson is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning
  • Environment
  • Finance and General Purposes

Phil Jackson's Register of interests.

About Phil:

Kathy and I moved to Long Ashton in 2002. For most of that time I have served on the Parish Council including all the main sub-committees. I have been Chairman of the local youth club for the last 13 years. I am currently involved in a working group exploring the potential for a skatepark in the village.

90 Theynes Croft,
Long Ashton,
Bristol BS41 9NN
01275 392757

Cllr Sheila Hardingham

Sheila Hardingham is a member of the following committees:

  • Finance and General Purposes
  • LACA Sub-Committee

Sheila Hardingham's Register of Interests.

About Sheila:

I've lived in Long Ashton since 1983 and retired as a solicitor several years ago. Since joining the Parish Council, I've been involved with the Millennium Playground Project, the Parish Plan, the Youth Club and most recently, the Village Enhancement Scheme. My "spare" time is spent on family, gardening, badminton and travel.

79 Providence Lane,
Long Ashton,
Bristol BS41 9DL
01275 393690

Cllr Liz Anderson

Liz Anderson is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning (Vice Chair)
  • Environment (Vice Chair)
  • Finance and General Purposes

Liz Anderson's Register of Interests.

About Liz:

I have lived in Long Ashton for 12 years. I am interested in how we can encourage more community engagement with the Parish Council and how health & social care issues in the village might be supported by our work. I am a lecturer in Medical Education at Bristol University and am the co-founder of the Long Ashton Memory Cafe.

3 Arch Grove,
Long Ashton,
Bristol BS41 9BW
07967 587422

Cllr Jude D'Alesio

Jude D'Alesio is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning Committee
  • Finance and General Purposes Committee

Cllr D'Alesio's Register of Interests

About Jude:

Jude is a Law student at the University of Bristol but has been a frequent visitor to Long Ashton for many years. Whether it be cycling, walking, watching cricket or attending the Balloon Fiesta, Jude spends lots of his time in the village and looks forward to serving Long Ashton Parish Council in the years ahead. In his spare time, Jude is a school governor, enjoys competing in debating competitions and plays the violin.

Cllr Martyn Harris

Martyn is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning Committee
  • Environment Committee

Cllr Harris' Register of Interests

About Martyn:

Nightingale House, Valley Rd, BS8 3PZ
0117 9735878

Cllr Colin James

Colin James is a member of the following committees:-

  • Environment Committee
  • LACA Sub-Committee

Cllr James' Register of Interests

About Colin:

I have lived in Long Ashton for 14 years with my wife, and children. I have two older children who have now moved away, a child at Birdwell Primary School and a toddler.

I worked in the IT world for over 30 years, most of which was for IBM where I had a variety of sales and marketing roles. In 2019 I took early retirement to focus on my new family, developing some new skills, and spending time giving back to the community I have spent so long in. I became a Parish Councillor early in 2020, and now have an active role including being Chair of the Environment Committee. I have a passion about making Long Ashton a really wonderful village to live in, and hope I can play my part in making that a reality.

07802 208629

Cllr Ruth McAllister Kemp

Ruth is a member of the following committees:

  • Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Environment Committee
  • Planning Committee
  • LACA Sub-Committee

Cllr McAllister Kemp's Register of Interests

About Ruth:

Ruth has lived in Long Ashton since 2007 with her husband and two teenage sons. She is keen to contribute her time and energy to the community because her family have benefitted hugely from the local services, events and welcoming spirit of the village.

You may know Ruth from her previous role as Long Ashton's Lampshade Lady, from her recent year out of village life when she and her family travelled around the world, from her daily trips to the village shops with her trusty trolley, or as the organiser of Long Ashton Disco Nights.

Ruth is a qualified social media manager and improving the Council's communication and engagement with residents is her thing! She encourages anyone to get in touch with her if they have something to share with the community.

14 Perry Road, Long Ashton, BS41 9FE
07818 281413

Cllr Jane Purkiss

Jane Purkiss is a member of the following committees:

  • Environmental Working Group

Cllr Purkiss' Register of Interests

About Jane:

I moved to Long Ashton in 2011, having lived in South Bristol for years. I retired last year and now have more time for local activities. I am particularly interested in the environment and the Village Enhancement Scheme.

My background is in Education (Teacher of French) and in Psychotherapy (Director of a Psychotherapy and Counselling Training Institute). I am thus familiar with the ups and downs of Committee work and look forward to listening and learning the role of Parish Councillor.

28 Fenswood Road, Long Ashton, BS41 9BX
01275 542466

Cllr Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson is a member of the following committees:

  • Finance and General Purposes
  • LACA Sub-Committee

Cllr Wilkinson's Register of Interests

About Andrew:

61 Kings Croft, Long Ashton, BS41 9ED
01275 392702

Cllr Charles Cave

Charles Cave is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning
  • Finance and General Purposes
  • Environment

Charles Cave's Register of Interests

About Charles:

I have represented our Parish of Long Ashton, which includes Wraxall & Failand and more recently Leigh Woods, on North Somerset Council for eight, and as a member of the Long Ashton Parish Council for sixteen, years. I take a full and active part in all aspects of the Council. I served as Chairman of the Parish Council for three years, and Chairman of North Somerset Council in the year 2015/16. I sit on all committees, and am a trustee of the Community Association and Vice Chairman. I have before, and will continue to defend our Parish against massive and inappropriate development such as currently proposed by Taylor Wimpey. It is potentially the biggest threat to our community for many years.

Rudge Farm,
Long Ashton,
Bristol, BS48 3QS
01275 462774

Cllr Ash Cartman

Ash Cartman is a member of the following committees:

  • Planning
  • Finance and General Purposes

Cllr Ash Cartman's Register of Interests

About Ash:

I've lived in the Parish for 8 years but before that I lived in Failand. I live here with my wife and family and we love everything the village has to offer. I enjoyed being a Parish Councillor so much that in 2019 I ran for election and was elected as of one of your two North Somerset District Councillors.

10, Fenshurst Gardens,
Long Ashton,
Bristol BS41 9AR
07904 188 187

Cllr Carl Tarsey

Carl Tarsey is a member of the following committees:

  • Environment

Cllr Carl Tarsey's Register of Interests.

About Carl:

I have lived in Long Ashton with my family for 11 years. I became a councillor because I genuinely care about our village and believe I can be a compelling voice for the community. Long Ashton has a great community spirit, and I believe that as the village continues to grow, there is tremendous potential to build on this solid foundation.

I am interested in all the council's principal functions, although I do have a particular interest in - Biodiversity, Community Engagement, and Services for Children and Young People.

As a father of an 11-year-old girl, I feel partially passionate about investing in the future of the young people in our village. I believe we must build trust and confidence with our local youth to help empower them for the future. In my spare time, I enjoy learning bushcraft skills with my daughter, family walks with our dog Hugo and photography.

I want the Long Community to know that I am here as a voice for them, and if anyone has any ideas or suggestions in my areas of interest, please feel free to contact me.

Cllr Alan Johnson

Alan is a member of the following committees:

Cllr Johnson's Register of Interests

About Alan:

07554 881346

Cllr David Andrews

David Andrews is a member of the following committees:

David Andrew's Register of Interests.

About David:

I have owned Long Ashton Village Shop & Post Office for the last 12 years. The business, like long Ashton itself, has gone through many changes.

I speak and listen to a large number of people on a daily basis and like to think I have a good understanding about people's thoughts on Long Ashton, both good and bad. I want to bring what I hear, and my wealth of experience in running successful businesses, to the Council to help drive it forward to make a better Long Ashton for all.

Cllr Timo Kindred

I've lived in Long Ashton since 2014 with my wife and we have a son who attends Birdwell School. I feel it's important to get involved in community life and have therefore previously been involved with the local community association, am helping with the Skatepark Working Group, have been a class rep at Birdwell School for the past 3 years, and volunteered elsewhere when I can.

As a councillor, the areas I'm especially interested in are local events and facilities, community engagement, helping the environment as much as possible and local highways and safety, especially from a cycling perspective.Feel free to contact me or approach me for a chat and I will do my best to listen and help where I can.

Cllr James Ewen

I've lived in Long Ashton since 2017 with my wife and two children.

I currently work at the Long Ashton Village Shop and Post Office. I've been actively involved with Long Ashton's community cinema (L A Cinema), and was responsible for hosting the weekly YouTube L A Cinema Film Quiz during the lockdown.

Away from my working life, I am a world cinema buff and am a music collector and go to live music. I enjoy playing tennis and cricket. Interested in history and politics and enjoy playing guitar and writing songs. I also run my own YouTube channel called Your Take, where I talk to well-known guests about their lives and careers.

During my working life, I have been a radio producer and creative writer. Worked for a small family construction business. Worked in the finance sector. An office and facilities manager for a corporate cinema chain and have run my own creative events company to exhibit short films and host talks.

Cllr Dave Bolton

I have lived in LA for 12 years, I have too many children and animals. Previously, I worked as a mechanical/electrical maintenance engineer, now I renovate property and try to keep my tenants happy. When I'm not fixing things, I train for cycling time trialling and compete mainly in the Western District and national races. I also help out at my wife's 'Long Ashton Together' not for profit events.

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Last updated: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:45