Saturday, 21 October 2017

Barry Wood becomes chairman of Parish Council

A FORMER mayor of Henley has become the new chairman of Peppard Parish Council

A FORMER mayor of Henley has become the new chairman of Peppard Parish Council.

Barry Wood replaces Tony Cotton, who took over as chairman on a temporary basis in July when David Hammond resigned after five years on the council.

Mr Wood, a retired schools inspector, moved to Stoke Row Road in June and joined the council in September.

He was previously a member of Henley Town Council for 12 years and South Oxfordshire District Council for six years. His wife Jeni is the current Deputy Mayor of Henley. Mr Wood said: ?I look forward to being part of a strong council going forward and am very excited by the challenges here in Peppard, which are considerable.?

One of his main priorities will be to help secure funding for the new Peppard Primary School building in Dog Lane.

Mr Wood, who was a member of the planning committees of both Henley Town Council and the district council, was one of 40 volunteers who helped compile the draft Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

He was also the chairman of UNITED!, a campaign group made up of residents of Blandy Road in Henley, where he used to live.

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