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Greenham Parish Council elects new chairman

Long-standing councillor Julian Swift-Hook voted into the role

Chris Ord


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GREENHAM Parish Council has elected a new chairman with long-standing councillor Julian Swift-Hook taking on the role.

Mr Swift-Hook, who is also currently the Mayor of Newbury, was the only councillor nominated to replace outgoing chairman Phil Barnett at the parish council meeting on Wednesday (January 11).

Speaking before the voting took place Mr Barnett said he was hoping that he could finally relinquish the position saying his tenure “had not been the easiest period”.

Mr Barnett had initially intended to resign from the post in July but was told by the association of local councils that he could not step down unless a replacement was found.

Former Liberal Democrat district councillor and Newbury Town Councillor, Mr Swift-Hook, will now hold the position for the remainder of the civic year when a new vote will take place.

The change in roles means he now becomes Greenham Parish Council’s fourth chairman in less than three years.

The troubled parish council has experienced a tumultous time recently having received heavy criticism over its handling of the flagship redevelopment of Greenham Control Tower which has been hit by spiralling costs and numerous delays.

Taking the chair Mr Swift-Hook said he was confident that the council would make “good” decisions going forward.

He added: “With everbody pulling in the same direction I’m sure we will achieve what we set out to achieve.”

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  • John71


    14/01/2017 - 12:12

    Those involved in this mess and wasted the tax payers money and money that could of been used elsewhere in west Berkshire should be looked into as I feel they done the job on a cheap and pocketed most of the money for their own greed. I smell corruption. Also they should be sacked from public duties and from being involved in any part of council. It's bad enough with the tories in west Berkshire council cutting services and giving themselves pay rise in allowances soon as they got through the doors, then soon afterwards started making cuts to services. We of the community should stand up to these people who running this council and those in the parish councils and get them out. Next election I won't be voting tories or lib dems. They are worse as each other. Neither parties care about any one in west Berkshire who are poor or working and those with disabilities and mental health problems, they care for those who are wealthy and get even wealthier.


    • Tommy

      14/01/2017 - 12:12

      They still have enough money to waste on a statue of John Winchcombe to be erected in Northbrook Street, unbelievable !!


  • jc129

    14/01/2017 - 00:12

    The Lib Dems' dangerous plans to try and politicise parish councils are now descending into farce. Not only are they responsible for the ridiculous inefficiencies of the control tower project, they are now shoehorning candidates into positions where politics does not belong. This is the latest shambles in an ongoing record of disaster - appointing the man to take over the council who left them in this mess in the first place.


  • NWN_reader

    13/01/2017 - 20:08

    Hopefully he won't balls up this time.


  • NewburyKnight

    13/01/2017 - 17:05

    He was the one in charge of the control tower when they screwed it all up!


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