Saturday, 16 December 2017

Parish councils fill vacancies

TWO new members have been co-opted on to Benson Parish Council.

TWO new members have been co-opted on to Benson Parish Council.

Teresa McTeague and Michael Winton replace Nancy Bailey and Bill Pattison who resigned after serving for 10 and 14 years respectively.

Mrs McTeague, who lives in Preston Crowmarsh, said she had planned to apply to the council in the future but decided to put herself forward when a position became vacant.

“I saw it as an opportunity because I am very interested in the village and village life,” she said.

“I also wanted the opportunity to represent the people in the surrounding areas and make sure that everyone’s voices are heard.”

Mrs McTeague owns a catering company and her husband, Geoff Salt, is semi-retired and is on the board of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Mr Winton is a property developer who lives in Oxford Road, Benson, with his wife, Morag, a conveyancy manager.

“I have been here for many years and I thought it was about time I did something for the community,” he said.

“I will be able to bring to the council my expertise in the property market.” Elsewhere, Robin Wilson, 50, has been co-opted on to Watlington Parish Council.

He replaces Charles Rowton-Lee, who resigned in July after moving out of the parish.

Mr Wilson, a producer, said: “We have lived in Watlington for 15 years and throughly enjoyed our time here so I thought it was time to give something back.

“It is a lovely town and I like the fact that it has managed to remain small.”

He lives with his partner, Brianan, a complementary therapist, and their three daughters in Cuxham Road.

Neither parish council now has any vacancies.

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