Monday, 16 July 2018

Contested elections to parish councils

PARISH council elections will take place in Goring and Whitchurch next Thursday.

PARISH council elections will take place in Goring and Whitchurch next Thursday.

Eleven candidates are contesting the 10 available seats on the council in Goring.

There used to be 13 vacancies but South Oxfordshire District Council scrapped three last year.

Councillor Alan Strong, the current chairman, is not standing.

The 74-year-old retired accountant was elected to the role in 2010.

At his final council  meeting, he thanked his colleagues for “four years of reasonable, pleasant and efficient discussions”.

He said: “I’ve appreciated you appointing me to be your chairman for the past five years. At first I thought it was out of respect for my skills but I’ve come to suspect it’s because no one else wanted to do it!”

Vice-chairman Kevin Bulmer and councillors Matthew Brown, Lawrie Reavill, John Wills, David Brooker, Catherine Hall, Mary Bulmer and Emrhys Barrell are hoping to be re-elected.

The three new candidates are Brandon Hancox, of Wallingford Road, and Bryan Urbick and Abel Westerhof, both of Bridle Way.

Meanwhile, eight people are contesting seven seats on Whitchurch Parish Council.

They include six existing members, chairman Harry Butterworth, vice-chairman Keith Brooks and councillors Vincent Aldridge, Jim Donahue, Laura Lucas and Pearl Slatter.

The two new candidates are James Norman, from Goring Heath, who is also the Green Party candidate for South Oxfordshire District Council’s Goring ward, and Dave Bowen, from Whitchurch.

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