Update: December 2005.
Councillor Andy Hill, Leader of
South Ayrshire Council for more than five years, has resigned.
Andy Hill has become one of the Burgh's best known citizens. Despite not being
an Ayrshire man by birth, Andy's name has long been synonymous with Maybole
thanks to his commitment to serving the people of the town as a Councillor -
firstly on Strathclyde Regional Council, and currently on South Ayrshire Council
on which he is the Council Leader. Whether as a
Councillor, responding to his constituents, or as a worthy ambassador for the
town welcoming visitors from overseas including Beloeil,
Crosne and Schotten, or
simply as a genial family man, Andy certainly is a "well-kent figure"
Born and brought up
in Glasgow, Councillor Hill has spent most of his life living in Maybole, having
moved to the town some 44 years ago. To Andy and his
wife, Helen and grown up children Andrew and Elaine, Maybole is, without a
doubt, HOME! Now aged 63, Andy
Hill was formerly employed in the Stamp Works at Newton-on-Ayr and later in the
Library at Maybole.His commitment to
the well-being of the people of the town began when he was elected to serve on Strathclyde Regional Council, as Councillor for the Carrick Electoral Divison.
He was Vice Chair
of the Regional Council's Divisional Development Committee for the Ayr Division,
and also served on the Regional Council's General Purposes Committee and Social
Work Committee. When the Reorganisation of Local Government, and the creation of South Ayrshire Council
in 1995, Andy was elected to South Ayrshire Council as Councillor for the
Maybole electoral ward.
In May, 1999, when
the number of wards was increased, and the Maybole ward split, Andy was
successfully elected to the new North Carrick and Maybole East
ward.During his Council
service, Andy has demonstrated a particular interest in Council planning and
licensing matters, and also affairs affecting the Council's rural areas.
In the first three
years of South Ayrshire Council, he served as Convener of the Council's Rural
Affairs Committee and from May, 1999, until November, 2000, he was Convener of
the Council's Strategic Services Committee. On June 22, 2000,
after serving for a year as Depute Leader, Andy was voted by his colleagues to
the prestigious position of Leader of South Ayrshire Council.
As well as being
Leader of the Council - and still retaining his responsibilities looking after
the interests of constituents in North Carrick and Maybole East - Andy, or
Councillor Hill, also held Convenership of the Council's important Policy and
Resource Committee and its Sub-Committees. From the Council's inception, in
1996, Councillor Hill has also served on the Community Protection and Support
Services Committee, and its Licensing Sub-Committee and also on the South
Ayrshire Licensing Board.
His vast range of
external responsibilities have included being a Council representative on the
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Alert, Ayr Town Centre Management
Initiative, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Culzean Country Park,
Ayrshire Economic Forum, Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan Committee, West of
Scotland Loan Fund and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority.
From his working
days in Ayr and Maybole, Andy has a wide knowledge of Trade Union affairs which
stems from his practical involvement with both the A.E.U. and N.U.P.E.For a total of 20
years be was a member of the A.E.U. serving for seven years on the District
Committee and holding the posts of Convener of Shop Stewards and Works Convener.
Within N.U.P.E, he
held the honorary office of both Chair and Secretary, and he also served as
Depute Convener of Shop Stewards within Kyle and Carrick District Council.Andy considers his
hobbies to be golf, and bowling, including membership of Maybole Bowling Club,
and he has a healthy interest in football with a particular focus on the
Scottish Premier League. His commitment to
the Council and its responsibilities, however, means he has little time left to
pursue these activities.