Six year stew­ard­ship of par­ish was a ‘priv­i­lege’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

LIT­TLE Chal­font Par­ish Coun­cil has a new chair­man af­ter the man who held the role for six years de­cided to stand down.

Coun­cil­lor Brian Drew de­cided not to stand again for the po­si­tion this year and a new chair­man, Coun­cil­lor Gill Roberts, was elected at a par­ish coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, May 11.

Mr Drew will how­ever re­main as a par­ish coun­cil­lor.

Mr Drew has played an ac­tive role in Lit­tle Chal­font for sev­eral years.

He was chair­man of the Lit­tle Chal­font Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Group, one of the founders of vil­lage day and he helped or­gan­ise this event for the first six years from 2004 to 2009.

Along with oth­ers, he suc­cess­fully cam­paigned for a sper­ate Lit­tle Chal­font Par­ish Coun­cil and has sub­se­quently served on it since it was formed in May 2007.

He was ap­pointed vicechair­man in 2008 and chair­man in Septem­ber 2009 af­ter the pre­vi­ous chair­man, Fran­cis Wilkin­son, moved away from the vil­lage.

Dur­ing his time as chair­man Mr Drew has achieved many things, in­clud­ing help­ing to de­sign and se­cure fund­ing for the pop­u­lar play area in West­wood Park, the in­stal­la­tion of the war me­mo­rial in 2014, pro­mo­tion of the idea for a new com­mu­nity cen­tre for the vil­lage and be­ing a sup­porter of the cre­ation of a na­ture park.

Mr Drew said: “It has been a priv­i­lege to have been chair­man of the coun­cil for over six years and I would like to thank the staff and all my fel­low coun­cil­lors for their sup­port dur­ing this time.

“I am sure Gill Roberts will prove to be an ex­cel­lent choice as chair­man and I wish her well in that role.”

In the vil­lage news­let­ter, Coun­cil­lor Roberts wrote: “It’s with some ex­cite­ment, but mainly trep­i­da­tion, that I’ve taken on the role of the chair­man of Lit­tle Chal­font Par­ish Coun­cil.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Brian Drew for over six tire­less years of ded­i­ca­tion to the role.

“He’s led the coun­cil to achieve many things in that time and I’m glad he’ll re­main as a par­ish coun­cil­lor so that his in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence will not be lost to the vil­lage.”

Old and new: Brian Drew and his suc­ces­sor Cllr Gill Roberts

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