Saturday, 28 November 2020

Council has new chairman

A WOMAN is to chair Benson Parish Council after being a member for about 25 years.

A WOMAN is to chair Benson Parish Council after being a member for about 25 years.

Pat Peers succeeds Jon Fowler, who has been made vice-chairman.

Councillor Peers, who has previously chaired the council’s halls and recreation and lands committees, said she was looking forward to the challenge.

“I really like to get involved in village affairs so we get what Benson wants,” she said.

“I’m very keen for low-cost housing for the youngsters and some really good facilities for the youth.”

She added: “I’d like to thank Jon for his loyal service as chairman over the years.

“I know he’ll be able to give us strong advice if we have got any problems.”

Cllr Peers, who lives in Brook Street, is retired. She used to work as a procurement manager at the Hydraulics Research Station, now known as HR Wallingford, between Preston Crowmarsh and Crowmarsh Gifford.

Three members have left the council. They are Dave Rushton, who was vice-chairman, George Craig and Elizabeth Leppard. Philip Murray and Fiona Lovesey have joined the council.

Meanwhile, the council has increased its precept for the next year by four per cent due to the cost of the South Oxfordshire District Council  elections on May 7.

The council had agreed in January to increase the precept by two per cent.

But Cllr Fowler said: “We were informed that the charge South Oxfordshire District Council makes on the parish for running the elections was increasing from £1,600 to £4,000.

“We therefore amended the precept to take account of this £2,400 increase, which resulted in it rising by a further two per cent.”

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