Originally from Lancashire, Neil Hargreaves has lived in Newport for 22 years and his three children went to both Newport schools. He has used his accountancy skills to serve the community in various roles including Treasurer of the Friends of St Mary’s Church and Treasurer of the Newport Scouts. He is a regular contributor to the award winning Newport News village magazine, and is an administrator of the popular Newport Newsline Facebook group. He is a member of the Save Newport Village committee and is active on planning and local community concerns.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Neil moved with his wife to Kenya, where their son was born. After returning to London he worked for a large accountancy firm and then in the insurance industry. He managed a large accounts department, IT projects, and outsourcing contracts, and was Treasurer of a reinsurance broker. After moving to Chelmsford and then Newport, Neil commuted to London and to Norwich. During this time his wife worked as an Occupational Therapist and in a dispensary in Saffron Walden and Addenbrookes. Now retired, Neil’s final accountancy position was with a US balloon manufacturer in Bishops Stortford.
Neil is a keen photographer, attends the Saffron Walden Baptist Church, is a member of CPRE, and is out everyday walking his Beagle around the villages in the ward.
Where we live is rightly shown in surveys as being one of the best places in the country. He believes that development, both commercial and housing, can enhance the district if well planned and coordinated with good infrastructure and the services needed to support a larger population.
But he considers that some council activities are causing serious damage to our towns, villages and rural areas. Residents’ strenuous efforts to reform these decisions have had some success, but the politically driven system remains unchanged as do the small core of councillors who run it. Neil therefore wants to stand for election as a district councillor for the Newport ward. If elected he says he will work to implement better policies to enhance and develop our district, and to make the best of the mistakes already made, including planning for the missing infrastructure such as schools and healthcare.
Neil was elected as one of the 2 Newport District Councillors in 2015.