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GERRARDS CROSS is set to be reclassified as a town instead of a village following a vote this week.
Councillors discussed the issue again on Monday and voted in favour of becoming a town council rather than a parish council.
It will mean that from January 1 next year, parish council chairman Chris Brown will become a mayor, and that the area will no longer be referred to as a village.
Councillors voted on the issue in September last year, with four out of the seven who voted opting for Gerrards Cross to remain a village.
However, following a number of changes in the council make-up, the vote was held again at a meeting on Monday evening, with all bar one councillor, Peter Grimes, voting in favour of it.
It will bring Gerrards Cross in line with other nearby towns such as Beaconsfield, Amersham and Chesham, all of which have mayors.
Council chairman Mr Brown said he believes that being called a town more accurately reflects the area.
He said: “It’s been on the cards for a while. Being a town council is more modern, and a more accurate way of describing Gerrards Cross.
“Calling ourselves a parish council is old fashioned and we think that it’s time for us to move forward.
“We are too big an area to really be called a village any more, and if you go to Gerrards Cross and look round it, you wouldn’t really call it a village.
“It’s hardly a little place. We have a large population, and lots of amenities that you don’t associate with villages, like having four supermarkets.”
Mr Brown said that he does not see any drawbacks to the area becoming a town.
He added: “I hope that over time it will make the area even more attractive than it is now. We would love a secondary school to open here, and a doctors’ surgery, and I think that’s more likely to happen if we’re a town.
“It will give us a bit more clout
hopefully.” However, last year, former councillor Nick Moss argued against the move, saying: “I think by doing it we are essentially admitting that we have lost our village feel. I think it would be incredibly unpopular.
“I don’t want it to be a town. I want Gerrards Cross to be a village. That is what it is.”