Retired Rasen teacher in bid to join town council

Cathy Turner EMN-140916-093834001
Cathy Turner EMN-140916-093834001
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Concerns over what might happen to De Aston Field led retired primary school teacher Cathy Turner to attend meetings of Market Rasen Town Council.

Now, having seen how it operates, she is applying to be co-opted onto the council and will be presenting her case when it meets tonight, Wednesday. Cathy says she has previously been asked to become a town councillor, but only now does she feel she can give the commitment the voluntary role needs.

The retired teacher grew up in Owmby by Spital and was one of the first girls to attend De Aston School. After teacher training in Lincoln, she taught in Suffolk, then Mablethorpe, before joining Market Rasen Primary School in 1989. Here, she was also its special needs co-ordinator, acting deputy head at times, and school governor.

However, a classroom injury in 2011 led Cathy to retire, which gave her time to attend its meetings, which began discussing De Aston Field, close to her home.

Cathy has since become a school invigilator at De Aston and is also keen to further help Market Rasen.

“I feel I have the motivation and time to spend helping with projects in Market Rasen. Paperwork and bureaucracy is something I am familiar with from my years in teaching. Obviously I am still interested in the De Aston Arboretum project as the work progresses.”

Cathy says she has attended many town council meetings and has seen “real progress in what is happening in the town through decisions made.” But Market Rasen faces challenges with crime, traffic, play facilities and been ‘overshadowed’ by Gainsborough.

If successful, Cathy would be co-opted to the council in October, following John McNeill last week.