Tuesday, 12 December 2017

New steering group member

A SECOND Harpsden parish councillor has been appointed to a group overseeing the implementation of the Henley

A SECOND Harpsden parish councillor has been appointed to a group overseeing the implementation of the Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

Kester George, the parish council’s chairman, will replace Henley town councillor Helen Chandler-Wilde on the neighbourhood plan steering group after she stepped down.

The 10-strong panel consists of councillors from both councils as well as members of the public with expertise. It now includes Henley Mayor Julian Brookes and town councillors Sara Abey (Conservative) and Jane Smewing (Henley Residents’ Group) as well as Councillor George and his colleague Malcolm Plews.

The other members are Joan Bland, a Conservative member of South Oxfordshire District Council, former Conservative town councillor Dieter Hinke, who is chairman, and residents Rebecca Chandler-Wilde, Patrick Fleming and David Whitehead.

The decision to appoint Cllr George was made at a meeting of Henley Town Council after a heated debate in which Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak (HRG) repeated his claim that the group is unfairly weighted in the Conservatives’ favour and contains too few members of the public.



He said the 100 or so people on the working groups that drafted the plan should have been invited to apply for Cllr Chandler-Wilde’s vacancy and a candidate picked from a shortlist.

His opponents said the plan process was politically neutral from the outset and interested parties could attend the steering group’s meetings and take part in discussions.



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