23rd Sep, 2020

Council chiefs hand Robert the chains of office

Rob George 25th Jul, 2020

COUNCIL chiefs have revealed a new chairman with long-serving Evesham councillor Robert Raphael taking over the role.

The Evesham North councillor was elected during the annual meeting of Wychavon District Council on Wednesday (July 22). May’s original meeting to elect a new chairman was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Coun Raphael will take over the chains of office from Coun Frances Smith, who has served for the past two years. Coun Alex Sinton was confirmed as vice chairman during the meeting.

In order to comply with Government advice on social distancing, a short ceremony was held outside the Civic Centre in Pershore where Coun Smith handed over the chain.

Coun Raphael said: “In these unprecedented times, Wychavon’s priorities remain the same. We strive to keep our residents safe, to support our traders and industry and to spread the word that England’s Vale and Spa is open for business. I will certainly do my part to achieve these goals as Chairman.”

Outgoing chairman Coun Frances Smith said: “It has been a privilege and an honour to once again serve as chairman of Wychavon. It has been a difficult year but I am so proud of how our staff and councillors have worked above and beyond for our residents.

“I wish Robert the best of luck in the role and I thank him for his support as vice-chairman.”

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