A FORMER mayor has returned to his duties on Henley Town Council after almost a year off due to illness.
Martin Akehurst will serve as a member of the finance committee and Townlands Steering Group while acting as vice-chairman on the planning committee.
He will also represent the authority on the South Oxfordshire CCTV Management Group and others.
In a statement, Councillor Akehurst said: “It was time to get back into harness and work for the town.”
He thanked his colleagues in the Conservative Party as well as the town hall staff for their support during this absence.
Cllr Akehurst was re-elected in May last year but had been on leave since June due to problems with a dormant growth in his neck.
In September he stood down from South Oxfordshire District Council.
Cllr Akehurst, who lives in Two Tree Hill, Henley, first withdrew from town council duties in November 2013, when he was deputy mayor, on the advice of his specialist.
He returned in February 2014 after being diagnosed with the tumour on an artery in his neck and was made mayor less than three months later.