AÂ WOMAN from Sonning Common has joined Peppard Parish Council.
Viv Mitchell, who recently retired from running a bridal shop in Cookham, near Maidenhead, was co-opted as the unanimous choice of members.
She lives in the part of Blounts Court Road that is in Sonning Common while the other half is in Peppard.
Mrs MitchellÂ said she had thought the council was only involved in planning and community issues but added: “It is so much more than that andÂ I want to encourage others to get involved.
“I believe that without communication the parish council could be shadowy and I want to be part of letting light in. I can be fearless but remain calm and confident.”
Councillor Valerie Ross asked what would happen if Sonning Common tried to “take over” part of Peppard parish.
Last year Sonning Common Parish Council wanted to move the boundary to run along Stony Bottom Ridge, while Peppard Parish Council wanted no change.
This resulted in a year-long row between the two councils over the parishes’ boundary
Cllr Mitchell said she had had nothing to do with Sonning Common Parish Council or its neighbourhood development plan.
“I came to this council because I saw positions advertised,” she said. “I want to be part of this for the good of the community rather than the good of myself.”
Councillor Mitchell is married to Richard, who manages a team of analysts for an American company, and has two children and four stepchildren, who are all grown up.
The council now has one vacancy following the appointment of Councillor Tony Rancombe in June.