Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Parish council chairman to step down in May

THE chairman of Sonning Common Parish Council is to stand down in May.

Councillor Douglas Kedge says it is time for someone younger to take over.

He plans to stay on as a councillor.

Councillor Kedge said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chairman and it’s quite a remarkable council but it’s time to change things round.

“I think it is desirable that someone else should take over, both in the interests of the council and in view of my advancing years. 

“It has been a great privilege and a pleasure to be chairman of such a vital, pro-active parish council.

“The highlights of the work of the council over the last five years have been the building of the skate park, the successful completion of the neighbourhood development plan and the recent sale of Brinds Copse, resulting in a very substantial sum of money being available for the benefit of the village.”

Cllr Kedge joined the council in 2009 and served as vice- chairman in 2011 before being made chairman the following year.

He will step down at the council’s annual meeting on May 15 when his successor will be elected.

Cllr Kedge, of Lea Road, has lived in the village for more than 45 years.

He was a teacher for 36 years and head of English at Highdown School in Emmer Green. 

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