Monday, 16 July 2018

Search for new chairman again

THE chairman of Peppard Parish Council has stepped down.

THE chairman of Peppard Parish Council has stepped down.

Councillor Tony Cotton only took on the role in June last year following the resignation of the previous chairman Barry Wood.

He has been replaced on a temporary basis by Councillor Simon Crouch, who will chair the council until the annual parish meeting on April 23, when a permanent chairman will be appointed.

Cllr Cotton will remain on the council as chairman of the finance committee.

He said: “I said when I was asked to come back as chairman that I would do it until the end of the year.

“That dragged on a little while and now they have got to find somebody else.

“I am staying on at the council but I don’t have the time to do the chairman’s role as it should be done. We are quite an active council, there is always something going on, and my wife and I like to travel so we are not going to be here all of the time.”

Cllr Crouch said: “This is not unexpected and has been discussed informally.”

He said Cllr Cotton had been a good chairman and he was sad to see him leave the post.

Cllr Cotton paid tribute to former councillor Leeanne Flett, who resigned last month.

He said: “She should be thanked for her hard work and effort, particularly with her management of Carlings Orchard. We should be grateful for that.”

Mr Wood, a former Henley town councillor and mayor, quit the council halfway through a meeting after a row with another member.

The council now has two vacancies. Anyone interested in joining should email the parish clerk at

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