Ex-chair­man steps back in to help res­i­dents’ group

Pre­vi­ous post holder moved to Devon

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

Con­trib­uted

HELP­ING OUT: Frank Arm­strong

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