Ex-chairman steps back in to help residents’ group
Previous post holder moved to Devon
AN ASSOCIATION that champions a town’s views has appointed a new chairman.
Frank Armstrong, of Hedgerley Lane, Beaconsfield, has taken the helm at the Beaconsfield Old Town Residents’ Association after John Brown moved to Devon last month.
The association had appealed for new members and people who were interested in becoming chairman but had not found anyone for the post before the annual forum meeting with Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve, on Friday last week.
Mr Armstrong held the position before Graham Davie and Mr Brown, who have both moved out of the area.
Mr Armstrong is involved with a number of Beaconsfieldorganisations and used to sit on the town council.
He said: “With John Brown going we had no one as chairman and no one had come forward to take it on.”
Mr Armstrong was the treasurer, while Jackie Dawes was the temporary chairwoman.
He added: “Jackie didn’t want to take the role on so I agreed to step in.
I am not going to reinvent the wheel, I want to carry on what John
has been doing”
“I have done it before so I’m happy to do it until our next annual general meeting.
“Jackie is invaluable and what she doesn’t know about Beaconsfield isn’t worth knowing so we really appreciate what work she has done.
“I am not going to reinvent the wheel, I want to carry on what John has been doing.”
Mr Armstrong hopes to join Wilton Park Watch as Mr Brown did.
Mr Armstrong said one issue would be the town council’s scheme of getting businesses to sponsor land.
It has already introduced it in Penn Road, outside the town hall, and is looking at other areas such as the area opposite the White Hart pub.
“We have historically looked after that area,” said Mr Armstrong, “so we are waiting to see. The scheme is good for the taxpayer but we want to know it’s also good for the area.
“We have looked after it with benches and tidying it.
“The county did the same with the roundabout in the Old Town, taking it off us and getting sponsorship.”
HELPING OUT: Frank Armstrong