Monday, 17 June 2019

Former mayors to contest district council seats for HRG

Former mayors to contest district council seats for HRG

THREE former mayors of Henley are to stand for Henley Residents Group at the South Oxfordshire District Council elections.

Ken Arlett, Kellie Hinton and current district councillor Stefan Gawrysiak will contest the three Henley seats at the elections on Thursday, May 2.

All are currently on Henley Town Council and Councillor Gawrysiak is also a member of Oxfordshire County Council.

Councillor Gawrysiak, of Elizabeth Road, has lived in the town for 35 years was formerly assistant headteacher at Gillotts School.

He became a town councillor in 2011 and served as mayor in 2013/4. He was elected to the district council in 2015.

He is a member of Henley Bridge Rotary Club and the Henley Show committee and helped found the youth project Music on the Meadows when he was mayor.

Councillor Arlett, who lives in Elizabeth Road, was a founder member of HRG who was elected to the town council in 1991 and served as mayor that year. He also served as a district councillor for 12 years.

He stood down in 2007 to concentrate on his work as a builder and other business interests.

He was re-elected to the town council at a by-election in 2017 and now chairs the planning and neighbourhood plan committees as well as being Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Hinton, who lives in Queen Street, was elected to the town council in 2011 and then became involved with Henley in Bloom, serving as vice-chairman and then chairman.

She became the town’s youngest ever mayor in 2017, aged 31, and was named national Young Councillor of the Year in the same year.

For the full story see this week’s Henley Standard.

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