County Councillor Mark Perks represents the Clayton with Whittle Division. Click on the link for Mark's contact details.
Mark is also the Borough Councillor for Chorley's Astley and Buckshaw Ward on Chorley Council, and this May has decided to step down after 17 years.
“After 17 years proudly serving you all as your Chorley councillor, I have decided to stand down to give more time to family and myself. I want however to say a thank you to many of you I have got to know so well and many who have become friends.
Back in 2002 there was only Astley Village, but many experiences helping residents of that community certainly helped me in the variety of repeated issues when Buckshaw Village was being built. Over the years being a youth worker for the Astley youth club certainly formed my ideas and thoughts when founding Buckshaw Youth in 2009, when no one else showed any interest in the needs of the village teenagers, over the 6 years I was involved I take great pride of the fact I helped 60 teenagers gain accreditations.
In 2004 when families with young children in Astley came to me with a need for school holiday provision and some sort of sporting club, I founded Astley Village Juniors. Now that football club has become Astley & Buckshaw Junior Football Club with over 15 teams, run by parents and for 14 years I ran various forms of holiday schemes. I have been delighted over 20,000 children have benefited from safe fun activities.
Over the years applying for funding and seeing the Westway Ponds & Community Nature into fruition was so rewarding. There are too many campaigns to mention by name but keeping telecom masts out of Astley Village, the tidying up of Euxton Lane and the building of Trinity Primary school were some notable ones.
Serving on numerous bodies and organisations often took a lot of personal time but none was more rewarding than the many years serving as a governor on Parklands High School.
Four years ago, when I last stood over 1,500 of you voted for me and this coming so quickly after my serious illness was a massive boost to which I will be always grateful for. I wish residents of both communities every success for the future.
Finally, being Mayor of Chorley was the ultimate honour and helping raise £20k for my chosen charities was the icing on the cake.
I wish every success to Peter Malpas who is standing as my replacement and has the experience of being a councillor.
Thank you once again for the memories.”