City Councillors:Skerton East Ward
Councillor Janet Hall
Janet was first elected to Lancaster City Council in May 2011, representing the Skerton East ward where she has lived for over 12 years. On the council she is a member of the Budget and Performance committee panel and the chair of the Council Business Committee. In Skerton she is the secretary of the Skerton Community Centre management committee which runs the centre and supports the work of the staff and volunteers providing much needed services in the heart of Skerton. She is also an active member of the Friends of Ryelands Park, a community group supported by the City Council and run by local people who want to maximise the use of Ryelands Park for the local community. Janet believes that public services are there to provide for everyone, but especially those who are vulnerable and in the greatest need. This is something that is under threat more than ever now as devastating cuts to local authority budgets by the tory government mean that preventative services, that are deemed non-statutory, are having to be cut. Janet has been influential in making sure that Lancaster City Council maintains its' full council tax support and as a strong supporter of social housing she has been involved in motions calling for the removal of the 'right to buy' and the 'bedroom tax' both of which are designed to demonise both council housing and their tenants.
Councillor Robert Redfern
Robert Redfern has lived in Skerton for 33 years and has been a Councillor since 1999 representing the Skerton East Ward. He has a special interest in housing needs and care for the elderly and disabled people. He will continue work hard to improve the quality of life for people in the Skerton area. Robert attends residents and tenant’s meetings. He is also a member of the Friends of Ryelands Park, Skerton Community Centre Management Committee and Lancaster Charity’s. During his time as a Councillor for Skerton East Robert has served two terms as Deputy Mayor, in 2009/2010 for Councillor Roger Sherlock and in 2012/2013 for Councillor Sheila Denwood. Robert works hard with members of Friends of Ryelands Park. He has helped create a new play area and a disabled play area. He also goes out litter picking and weeding to keep the park looking tidy, and also helps with seed planting to make the park more attractive for local residents to use. Robert is a member of Unite the Union and a member of the Co-operative Party. On the Council, Robert is on the Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee and the Licensing Regulatory Committee.
Councillor Abbott Bryning
Councillor Abbott Bryning is a retired former head of Business Studies at Lancaster and Morecambe College. He was also an Open University tutor from 1971-1980. Abbott has been a Lancaster City Councillor since 1967, currently representing the Skerton East Ward. He was mayor of the district in 1980 and again in 1998 and he was the Labour Parliamentary Candidate in 1983. Abbott was the President of the Lancaster Trades Council in 1971 and the branch secretary for the NATFHE Lecturers Union for 25 years. Abbott is a form leader of Lancaster City Council and currently the cabinet member with responsibility for car parking, properties and rural affairs having previously been the cabinet member for finance, revenues and benefits. Abbott's main local government interests are finance, economic development strategy, job creation, retail development, historic heritage and devolution. Outside of politics his interests are family, local history and cricket.