Friday, 18 August 2017

Councillor to stand down at May election

GORING’S representative on Oxfordshire County Council is stepping down because he finds the role frustrating.

GORING’S representative on Oxfordshire County Council is stepping down because he finds the role frustrating.

Dave Sexon, who was elected for the Conservatives in 2009, will not run for re-election on May 2.

The former headmaster of the Oratory Preparatory School in Goring Heath said: “I’ve got nothing against the role or the people who fulfil it but being a county councillor just doesn’t suit my personality.

“There’s so little you can actually do in the role — in my previous career, I made decisions and that was that.

“I can’t think of specific incidents but everyone’s in the same position whether they’re councillor for Goring or Banbury.

“The country’s in such a terrible state financially that it’s very hard to get the things you want to see done.”

Councillor Sexon, 66, said he enjoyed working with the parish councils in Goring, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch and Woodcote Parish.

“I am highly impressed by the number of people who volunteer to sit on them,” he said. “These people have a genuine concern for the communities they live in and are at the very cliff face of local government.

“It’s a pity that we can’t get more localism and more powers devolved to parish councillors — they really know what’s going on in the villages they represent.”

Cllr Sexon grew up in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, and moved to Goring Heath in 1980.

He worked in education for 38 years and he and his wife Susan have two grown-up children.

Before his election in 2009, he had no experience in local government.

He said: “I wanted to make a positive contribution to the area and am grateful to have had the chance. It was a way for me to give something back.”

Fellow Conservative Kevin Bulmer, a member of Goring Parish Council, hopes to stand for election in Cllr Sexon’s seat.

He said: “I thought Mr Sexon did very well and I’m sorry to see him step down. I’m quite nervous about potentially stepping into his shoes.”

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