Villagers who contribute to our community do so in various ways: through sport, the church, the British Legion, helping their neighbours, the school and so on. Carole has served the parish in many of these ways since she and her family settled here some 40 years ago.No doubt she will continue to be active in village life. However, Carole’s biggest contribution has been through the Parish Council, but she is standing down and relinquishing her position as Chairman, a post which she has held for the past year.
This bald statement hides the fact that she has been a councillor for 37 years - the longest serving member of parish councils during this century and probably in the last. Villagers who remember Tom Everex and Eric Howard will recall that they each served on the Parish Council in excess of 25 years. They are Carole’s only rivals for longevity.
During her 37 years Carole was elected 9 times, she worked with 7 different Clerks and was Chairman for 3 terms. She must have attended well over 400 Council meetings and dealt with countless planning applications. In fact her knowledge of planning has been invaluable to the Council: she has a wide understanding of the niceties of the planning guidance issued by Government that seek to regulate development, as well as a fine appreciation of the structure and form of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. This has led, naturally, to her opposition to the Core Strategy, particularly to the proposed expansion of Wallingford on Site B and the inevitable loss of integrity for our village.
There are other facets of council activities where Carole has played an important role. She has had strong contacts with SODC officers over a wide range of issues and similar links to the County Council, such as those relating to roads and potholes. Matters relevant to health and social welfare have been her concern, as well as those concerning the environment and youth. She has been supportive of the initiatives that led to the construction of the Jubilee Pavilion and to the launching of the Village Stores.
Importantly Carole has always been anxious that the small amount of money the Council has at its disposal from the Council Tax, is spent to the greatest benefit of our community.
In Parish Council meetings and during less formal contacts with members and with parishioners, Carole has always been gracious, polite and well meaning. To mis-quote Gilbert and Sullivan:” She has been the very model of a modern parish councillor”.
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