Cllr Garry LeCount

An experienced entrepreneur in the media industry, Garry has been a senior executive for companies including EMI, Carlton TV and ITV. He is one of the two Elsenham and Henham district councillors and has served on Henham parish council Since 2015. He has lived in Henham for more than 35 years.

“In 2017 you trusted Petrina Lees and I with your district council vote. Since then we’ve worked as a team to protect and enhance village life. We’ve dealt with many local issues, such as the road resurfacing outside the Elsenham shops, travellers, railway crossings and highway issues including speeding.” Garry LeCount

At UDC Garry is a member of the Investment Committee, where he is able to scrutinise council investments using his significant career experience in buying and selling media companies.

Garry is also Vice Chair of the UDC Scrutiny Committee. I will allow him to monitor of district’s new Local Plan as it progresses over the current council term. He says that it is his “objective to get a fair and sound plan that will be acceptable to all and protect our villages and towns from unsustainable mass development.”

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Councillor at Henham Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Panel (UDC), Investment Board (UDC), Planning Committee (UDC), Scrutiny Committee (UDC), Standards Committee (UDC), Stansted Airport Advisory Panel (UDC)

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Garry LeCount is an experienced entrepreneur in the media industry, and has been a senior executive for companies including EMI and Carlton TV and ITV. He and his wife have lived in Henham for 36 years.

He is one of the two Elsenham and Henham district councillors and serves on Henham parish council. At Uttlesford District Council he is a vice chair of the Scrutiny committee that brings to account the Councils decisions that fall below the standards that residents expect. He is also a key member of the council’s Investment Committee. He is also a member of both the Stansted Airport Community Trust and Uttlesford Transport Forum.

At Henham Parish Council his responsibilities include highways, footpaths, web site and a new local information brochure. He was instrumental in closing a dangerous railway pedestrian crossing in Henham and as a district councillor in the resurfacing of the road outside the shops in Elsenham. He works to continue to bring positive changes to local issues by driving them through UDC and ECC.

Elsewhere in the ward he serves as a committee member on the PPG (Patient Participation Group) at Elsenham Surgery.

Garry is very concerned about unsustainable mass-homebuilding in the villages. In 2018 he voted to submit the Uttlesford Local Plan to Government, to stop uncontrolled additional housing and expansion in Henham, Elsenham and the rest of the district.

Outside of the village he has built a successful career as a serial managing director and senior executive in the music and video industry, with leadership roles in companies such as EMI and Carlton TV and ITV. He currently works as Financial Director for his son building a group of successful media companies.

He has a daughter with two children, and when not working he enjoys golf, music history, and being with his young grandchildren.

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    Cllr Petrina Lees

    A proven champion of her community and local causes, Petrina Lees previously served on the Elsenham Parish Council for 17 years, including 3 as chair; enjoyed a 30 year career in nursing; and has been part of the leadership team of Save Our Villages for 9 years. Petrina stood for district council as an Independent in 2015 and was elected as an R4U councillor for the Uttlesford District Elsenham and Henham ward in 2017. She is Deputy Leader at the Council.

    “I’m passionate about fairness and regularly jump in to volunteer to create a better community. I don’t seek an easy life – I’m not afraid to challenge the norm, roll up my sleeves and get things done. People who know me know I work tirelessly for local residents and their causes and will have seen that since I was elected I have done so.” Petrina Lees

     

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    Assets of Community Value and Local Heritage List Committee (UDC), Community Achievement Panel (UDC), Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Deputy Leader of the Council (UDC), Governance Review Working Group (UDC), Housing Board (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Local Plan Working Group (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Health and Wellbeing (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Housing (UDC), Voluntary Support Grant Committee (UDC), West Essex Wellbeing Joint Committee (UDC)

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    Petrina Lees is a very active member of her community. She has lived in Elsenham for over 20 years with her husband, and their family. She cooks for the Lunch Club, runs the Elsenham Rainbow Guides and manages the village rounders team.

    She is also well qualified as a councillor. She served on Elsenham parish council for 17 years including 3 years as chair. Petrina has been part of the leadership team of Save Our Villages for 9 years, helping secure last year’s planning rejection of ‘Hellsenham’ by the Secretary of State. She is also a member of the Joint Parishes Council Steering Group.

    Outside of the home she enjoyed a career in nursing of more than 30 years, most recently caring for the terminally ill, but left the NHS a couple of years ago to concentrate on her family and community activities.

    Petrina stood as an Independent in 2015 and was elected as an R4U councillor for the Uttlesford District Elsenham and Henham ward in 2017.

    Petrina said “The first thing we addressed after being elected was the appalling state of the road outside the local shops in Elsenham.  For over 15 years there have been numerous complaints. As Parish Councillors we were always told by District Councillors that they were ‘unable to help or fix it because it was the responsibility of the county council’. That’s as may be, but it is shirking and rubbish, and that attitude holds no truck with me. People don’t care what council you are elected to. As a district councillors part of your job is to advocate for local people and hold those responsible to account, even at other authorities. Within 6 months of being elected we facilitated and contributed to the road being resurfaced. My motto is ‘never give up’ – there is always a way, you just have to think outside the box sometimes.”

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