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Councillor James Blackburn

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Councillor James Blackburn
06 May 2021
First Elected
10 June 2004
Labour and Co-operative
8 Hartside Gardens,
Easington Lane,
Telephone No:
0191 5171480
Mobile Telephone No:
07990 801 569

I was born and have lived most of my life at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole.  I represent Easington Lane as a Councillor on Hetton Town Council and the larger Hetton Ward area since 2004 as a Sunderland City Councillor.  I am married to Jennie and we have two children, two grandchildren and three great grand children.  I worked for over thirty years within the clothing and footwear, retail and manufacturing sector.  My interests include computing, reading and travelling.  (We've been to Hell and back) located on Grand Cayman.  My wife and I both enjoy a bit of DIY, me doing the work and Jennie supervising (watching).

Hetton Ward Councillors hold the following ward surgeries:-

The below ward surgeries will be held 9.00am - 10.00am at Moorsley Residents Association, The Hut, Moorsley Road, Hetton le Hole, DH5 0RJ.

4th October 2019

7th February 2020

1st May 2020

The below ward surgeries will be held 9.00am - 10.00am at St Cuthberts Church Hall, North Street, East Rainton, DH5 9QF.

6th September 2019

6th December 2019

3rd April 2020

The below ward surgeries will be held 9.00am - 10.00am at ELCAP, The Brickgarth, Easington Lane, DH5 0LE. 

1st November 2019

6th March 2020

5th June 2020 


The first Friday of every month September 2019 - June 2020 (excluding January 2020)  ward surgeries will be held at 10.15am - 11.15am at The Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton le Hole.

As your City Councillor, the council’s data protection policy applies when I am carrying out council business. This explains your data protection rights and who to contact if you have a query about use of your data;


When working for you  as your Ward Councillor, I respect your data protection rights and only use the personal data you provide as needed to respond to your enquiries. This can include sharing the information you provide with council officers and other services and organisations so I can get information to reply to you, which might include information about you and your circumstances. I also share information with other Councillors who may be able to help. If you would prefer me not to share your information with a particular person, or organisation please let me know when you contact me.

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Election History

Thu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 30 Apr 2008  
Thu 1 May 2008 Wed 2 May 2012  
Thu 3 May 2012 Wed 4 May 2016  
Thu 5 May 2016 Wed 5 May 2021  
Thu 6 May 2021  

Party Representation History

LabourThu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 30 Apr 2008
LabourThu 1 May 2008 Wed 2 May 2012
LabourThu 3 May 2012 Wed 5 May 2021
Labour and Co-operativeThu 6 May 2021

Ward Representation History

HettonThu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 30 Apr 2008
HettonThu 1 May 2008 Wed 2 May 2012
HettonThu 3 May 2012 Wed 4 May 2016
HettonThu 5 May 2016

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring OfficerView
 Page 1 of 2, items 1 to 12 of 18.
30 June 200402 July 2004
19 October 200422 October 2004
26 April 200608 May 2006
25 May 200605 June 2006
13 September 200614 September 2006
03 November 200607 November 2006
18 July 200727 July 2007
01 December 200801 December 2008
20 November 200920 November 2009
21 November 201128 November 2011
21 May 201221 May 2012
30 July 201231 July 2012

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNatureView
 Page 4 of 12, items 37 to 48 of 138.
Cabinet03 December 2008Personal Interest
Cabinet03 December 2008Personal Interest
Development Control (South Sunderland) Sub-Committee06 January 2009Personal and Prejudicial Interest
Cabinet14 January 2009Personal Interest
Cabinet14 January 2009Personal Interest
Cabinet14 January 2009Personal Interest
Cabinet14 January 2009Personal Interest
Cabinet14 January 2009Personal Interest
Cabinet (Briefings)29 January 2009Personal Interest
Cabinet (Briefings)29 January 2009Personal Interest
Development Control (South Sunderland) Sub-Committee03 February 2009Personal and Prejudicial Interest
Cabinet11 February 2009Personal Interest
There are no training records for this member.
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.
I hold my Ward Surgery every first Tuesday of the month (except August) between 10.30am and 11.30am at The Hetton Centre. Also I will be holding an additional Ward Surgery on Tuesday 5th April 2011 between 9.30am and 10.20am at Easington Lane Library, High Street, Easington Lane and at 11.45am at St. Cuthbert's Church Hall, North Street, East Rainton.

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances14 
Present as expected1393%
Apologies received1100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)1 

Attendance Details