Cllr Denny Wilson - Castle

After a putting in a huge amount of effort along with my ward colleagues we now have Hylton Castle transformed as a fantastic community and city asset.

Residents want where we live to be safer, cleaner and greener so I have brought in extra enforcement and more CCTV cameras to tackle anti-social behaviour, littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling as well as VAR signs, safer road crossings and air quality testing across the ward.

I am working with residents and schools to plant several attractive wildflower areas around the ward to help mitigate some of their  concerns about climate change and keep the area we live a beautiful green space.

I have lived in Castletown all my life with my wife Joyce who is from Hylton Castle. Our children and grandchildren all live here as do many friends and relations across the 3 estates of Castletown, Hylton Castle and Town End Farm so what affects all of us living here in the Castle ward is very personal to me.

As Castle Ward councillor , I represent all of us as our voice at the Council.  I take this very seriously, I was once removed from the council for being too vocal on our behalf but thanks to the people of the Castle Ward you soon had me returned.

I was very much involved with our local community and voluntary groups for many years and since becoming a councillor have carried on with this involvement.

For many years, I was a leader and now chairman of Castletown Scout group. This is a group full of young people both boys and girls from Town End Farm, Hylton Castle and Castletown.

One of the reasons I was initially asked to stand as a councillor was because people saw my skills in being able to persuade the council to appreciate the potential of restoring Hylton Castle and then find the money to do it.

It wasn’t easy and it has taken time especially with a worldwide recession going on and massive government cutbacks but we got there in the end;  I hope the castle is something we can all be really proud of and recognise as a real asset for where we live, hopefully for as many years as it has already stood!

It was our community support for their councillors that made this happen and kept councillors going, even when almost everyone with power and control resisted the idea. It just goes to show that together we can make a big difference to our area.

I am proud of that achievement but I now want to move onto the next part of the project, restoring the chapel and cellars along with improving Hylton Dene as an attractive accessible amenity for everyone to enjoy.

As well as helping raise £millions for Hylton Castle, there are other buildings in the Castle Ward that I played a leading role in raising funding to build even before I was your councillor. Examples include;

  • The Sports Hall and Swimming pool at Castle View Academy
  • Castletown Community Centre
  • Castletown Scout HQ
  • The Cricket/Football Pavilion at Billy Hardy Centre

This is in addition to the many local community groups and schools that I have played a major role in obtaining funds for – and I will continue to fight for future funding.

As Chair of the North Area Committee, I play a major role in many improvement initiatives from our beaches to the A19 and from our border with South Tyneside to the banks of the river.

I am also a member of the Licencing and Regulatory Committee and a member of the Planning & Highways Committee

As councillor for the Castle Ward I have also helped many individuals and families to resolve very serious personal problems and other concerns affecting their lives which requires a lot of trust from them, in me, something I very much appreciate.

Recently, myself and fellow Castle Ward Cllrs voted against the Council, and successfully campaigned to retain the last arable field our Ward, and in the whole of the North area to be kept in Green Belt

We also voted against having an Incinerator built just upwind from us along the road at Washington

In the Castle Ward we have a new academy and new schools with with first class facilities and most of our housing stock is in really good condition. However, I want to continue improving our quality of life where we live and so we will be making more environment improvements so our streets are cleaner and safer, with more CCTV cameras, testing our air quality and improving our green spaces.

The wildflower planting at St Bede’s, Town End Farm, was a great success with residents, and with any ideas for new locations there will be more.

I want to take this opportunity to thank those in our Ward including the many NHS workers, council officers and every volunteer, for the time, effort and energy they have given during Covid. They are the ones who have been real front line heroes, ensuring that much needed services still continued, food parcels were delivered, and that vulnerable people were never neglected.

Best wishes for 2021


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