New councillor pledges to work for good of Horncastle

Richard Avison EMN-140417-144521001
Richard Avison EMN-140417-144521001

Horncastle’s new district councillor Richard Avison has pledged to do everything he can to help the town.

Coun Avison won last week’s by-election for the Conservative party and replaced his long-time friend Steve Newton, who died earlier this year.

In an emotional tribute, Coun Avison praised Mr Newton and said he hoped to build on his legacy.

He said: “I had known Steve for a long time and he will be a hard act to follow.

“I am honoured and privileged to be following him. He was passionate about Horncastle and so am I. I want to do everything I can to help the town.”

Coun Avison, who is self employed, was born in Tattershall but has lived in Horncastle for many years.

He said he was aware of the issues many people had, including car parking, green waste collections and planning matters.

Coun Avison, who is a governor at Banovallum School, said he wanted to ensure Horncastle would have a voice that will be heard at ELDC headquarters.

He added: “My background is in retail so I would to help local businesses, including the markets.

“At the same time, I want to promote The Wolds as a tourist area. I think the coast gets a lot of attention but we The Wolds has a lot to offer.

“Together with market towns like Horncastle, it is a fantastic place.

“I am approachable and I want people to tell me what is important to them - the issues they would like to see me raise.”