Contact Your Candidate
Wood Barn Farm, School Road, Bedingham, NR35 2DB
Hempnall ward – Martyn Hooton
Your Conservative Councillor for Hempnall ward
Hempnall ward which comprises 2600 electors in Hempnall • Morningthorpe and Fritton • Shelton and Hardwick • Tasburgh • Topcroft and is represented by one Councillor on South Norfolk Council
All across South Norfolk forty six Conservative community champions are standing in this election, each dedicated to solving local problems and growing a stronger economy and creating better lives for local people one family at a time, one street at a time and one place at a time. Here in Hempnall ward Martyn Hooton is the Conservative candidate who hopes that you will support him on polling day
Martyn and his wife have lived in Bedingham Green for the past three years and before that they lived just up the road in Seething for seventeen years. They have two grown up sons.
Martyn retired as a Police Inspector in Norfolk Constabulary after 30 years police service. He served at North Walsham, Great Yarmouth and Norwich.
When he retired he studied full time at the UEA as a mature student before returning to work for both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies in civilian roles which involved investigating cold cases and long term missing persons cases.
He then went on to manage both forces’ identification units.
Martyn is a volunteer at the Ted Ellis Wildlife Reserve at Wheatfen; is on the PCC at Bedingham Church and is responsible for the finances for the Bedingham Charities which is believed to date back to the 16th century.
He also sits on the Bedingham Parish meeting group.
Martyn studied for a BSc in Environmental Science through the Open University whilst still working which has supported his keen interest in people’s access to the countryside; the mental health benefits of outdoor activities/involvement and the natural world in Norfolk.
He is pleased about the local Council’s commitment to the environment and and measurable success in being Norfolk’s Greenest Council and supports plans to extend that lead moving to a building that will reduce energy use by 84% and swimming pools heated by air-source heat pumps.
If elected he wants to translate that into a plan where the Council helps every household play their part in building a greener economy that we can all be proud of. He knows that lots of small actions can build into a big impact.
He cares about people and knows his local area well and will be an effective community champion for local people.
He says “I have spent my entire working life in service of the public sometimes at personal risk to myself. I know what needs to be done to ensure that local people have a person who is on their side and I derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from helping those who come to me to solve their problems.
“I know what’s it’s like to fight for something I believe in. Local people need someone to be the strong voice that stands up for them on the Council and, if elected, I know I’ll be in a position to get things sorted for local people in nearby villages.”
Your Conservative District Council
A Message from the Leader of the Council
Following the Elections held on 4th May 2023, local Conservatives run South Norfolk Council. Running a council is a serious business but we never forget our mission to make South Norfolk one of the best places to live in the country.
We are proud of everything we do and strive to be the most efficient, highest performing and technologically advanced Council in Norfolk.
You can read about the promises that we made at election time by reading the manifesto summary below.