Three Conservative county councillors have declared their intentions to stand for re-election in the upcoming elections.

Colin Horncastle (South Tynedale), Ian Hutchinson (Haltwhistle) and Rupert Gibson (Humshaugh) have publicly stated that they are looking to represent their respective wards for another term.

It follows on from the announcement that fellow Tory councillor Cath Homer (Hexham East) and independent councillors Derek Kennedy (Hexham West) and Anne Dale (Stocksfield and Broomhaugh) are going for re-election.

Coun. Horncastle said he planned to stand again so he could continue the work he’s already started in the region.

“I’m hoping to stand again,” he said.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I thoroughly enjoy helping the community and working with everyone around here.

“I have lots of unfinished projects that I want to see completed if I was able to be re-elected.

“My role is different to a councillor say based in a larger town. My key roles are helping people and for example helping getting kids to school safely. I enjoy solving problems people may have.”

Coun. Ian Hutchinson similarly insisted that he enjoyed helping people in the local community through his county council duties.

He said: “I get a real buzz from it. If someone needs something I’ll try my best to help.

“As long as I get approved by my party in the next few days, I should be running in the election. I’ll be hurt massively if I don’t get the chance to run for it in May.”

Coun. Rupert Gibson, who has represented Humshaugh since 2013, also confirmed his intention to again stand for re-election.

“I really like getting things done, that is the other reason I do it,” said Coun. Gibson.