Friday, 25 May 2018

Council back in action as new members appointed

THREE new people have joined Whitchurch Parish Council.

THREE new people have joined Whitchurch Parish Council.

Jonathan Steward, James Polanky and Caroline Hart were co-opted at a full meeting of the council on Monday night.

They have filled the three r vacancies left by the resignations of Vincent Aldridge, Laura Lucas and Harry Butterworth in May.

Eleven people applied but just the three were shortlisted and interviewed.

Councillor Steward, 49, lives with his wife Elizabeth in Manor Road and is a former army sergeant who now works as an artist and photographer.

He said: “I applied to join because there were problems in the village that weren’t being addressed. I think some paths and pavements are dangerous for the elderly and there are also issues with street lighting.

“There also isn’t a lot for teenagers to do and I’d like to address that.”

Councillor Polansky, 40, is co-owner and deputy headmaster of the Boundary Oak girls’ independent prep school in Fareham, Hants.

He lives in Hardwick Road with his wife Suzanna and three children Tilly, Sebi and Max.

Councillor Hart, who lives in High Street, was unavailable for comment.

The parish council is now once again quorate, meaning it has enough members for its decisions to be valid.

Meanwhile, the council has objected to proposals for the partial demolition of the Eastfield House care home in Eastfield Lane, which would be replaced with a purpose-built three-storey complex.

It says the scheme would cause “substantial harm” to the village’s conservation area because the Victorian building is of “high architectural quality” and “makes a positive contribution” to the street scene.

The council discussed the plans last month but could not give a formal view until the councillor vacancies had been filled.

Majesticare, which operates the 27-bed home, says the scheme is necessary to meet modern care standards and to cater for an increasingly elderly population.

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