Michael Banks
Parish Councillor

Councillor Michael Banks

Michael has lived in Shincliffe for 11 years with his wife Susan. They have two grown up children and an empty nest now filled with a dog / princess called Roxy.

After a 30 year career with Durham Constabulary, Michael went back to university to study theology at Durham. He was then Independent Chair for Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership. Now retired, he worships at St. Mary’s and is a member of the Parochial Church Council, Diocesan Synod, Lay Chair of Durham Deanery and Chair of Josephine Butler College Advisory Board.

With Susan he set up Shincliffe Village Volunteers to assist those in need of support during Covid restrictions, the ethos being that ‘we will face what life sends as neighbours and friends’. Michael has joined Shincliffe Parish Council to assist in addressing current issues and challenges facing our community. His fervent wish is that this will be achieved in a spirit of civility and cooperation and that whatever our individual positions or opinions on particular issues, we remain, first and foremost, neighbours and friends’.

Address: 2 Robson Terrace, Shincliffe Village, Durham DH1 2NL
Email: griffinbanks63@gmail.com
Brian Fairlamb
Parish Councillor

Councillor Brian Fairlamb

Brian retired from an academic life to work in the residential property business in Durham and elsewhere. Until recently he served as a board member on property management companies in the Durham area.

Having lived initially in Durham City in the 1980s, he moved with his family to his current residence, where he has been for the past 30 years. Brian has always appreciated living in the beautiful environment of Shincliffe and the surrounding countryside and has lately become more conscious of the need for vigilance in protecting this precious environment. He and his wife are active supporters in the recently formed group, ‘Shincliffe Green Belt Group’, and he decided to run as a parish councillor for Shincliffe in order to help to protect, preserve and improve the local environment so that residents in all parts of the constituency can enjoy the tranquil environment that has always been its principal appeal. To this end, he sees improved communication and openness as key for a progressive parish council.

Brian likes to travel in order to pursue his life long passion for history and art history, and he also enjoys languages and painting as well as live music. He is very much looking forward to returning to these activities following the lifting of Covid restrictions. He has managed to continue his 25 year interest and practice in Tai chi, and continues to follow Newcastle United and Leeds United

Address: 1 Lambton Walk, Durham DH1 4SW
Email: brianfairlambpc@btinternet.com


Email: lizziepextonpc@gmail.com


Cllr Stephen Ashfield
Stephen Ashfield
Parish Councillor

Councillor Stephen Ashfield

Stephen has lived in Durham for a number of years where he ran a business before returning to teaching. He loves the North-East and in particular is very proud to represent Shincliffe, where he used to bring his two children to play with their friends in the local park. His background is in education, a qualified teacher, and he has a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Management.
Stephen is family orientated and his children are a strong influence upon his drive to ensure that our community remains one that is safe and desirable to live in. Stephen is actively involved in local issues and has been for a number of years.
The areas of the council that Stephen is working on are carbon reduction and finance (as he is the chair of the Finance Committee).

Email: stephen.ashfield@durhamgreenparty.org.uk

Councillor Vacant


Councillor Vacant