TWO presentations have been made to parish councillors leaving after clocking up 26 years of service between them.
Barry Edwards, chairman of Rolleston on Dove Parish Council made presentations of ‘Thankyou Gifts’ to Andy Fitton, who has stood down after five years, and John Morrison, who left the council after an impressive 21 years.
Mr Fitton spent his last three years on the council as vice chairman, during which time he was instrumental in getting the scheme to supply dog waste bag dispensers round the village.
Mr Morris served two, two year terms as vice chairman, two, two year terms of chairman and from 2007 to 2011 a four year term as a borough councillor.
During his term as borough councillor he always managed to obtain more than the grant shares allocated to Rolleston, by always having a project ready for when bids were to be submitted for unspent Councillors Grant. This meant that he was able to offer financial support to various village organisations such as Rolleston Scout Group and its vegetable garden, a coach for the Brownies’ 100 years of Guiding celebration, John of Rolleston School garden, Rolleston Pre School with grants for furniture for the new building and for high visibility jackets for when the children are out and about in the village.
For the past 14 months, Mr Morris has been chairman of the Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group who have now produced a Neighbourhood Development Plan which will shape how development takes place in the village over the next 19 years.
Heidi Light, parish council clerk, said: “We must not forget that parish councillor’s commit their time on a voluntary basis for which is a difficult and sometimes thankless task. John’s knowledge and experience will be greatly missed and I will personally miss his presence on the parish council.”
The council also said goodbye to Amee Johns who has served as a Youth Representative on the parish council for the last two years.
She has been presented with a £50 book token.