THERE’S a new face at the helm of Studley parish council after Colin Summers took over as chair of the authority.
Councillor Summers succeeds Coun Sue Redman after serving a year as vice chair.
He’s enjoyed a successful career in the building industry, starting out as a carpenter before rising to become regional director of a large national company.
Now retired, he serves on the Parish council finance and burial committees, is on the steering group for the Studley Neighbourhood Plan and is a council trustee for Studley Sports and Social Club.
“I have found my work as a member of the Council totally eye-opening,” he said.
“The challenges can be both varied and time consuming, but when we as a team get things right and we can create sustainable significant improvements it is also immensely rewarding.
“There are some issues that are firmly in the focus of many residents, like traffic, air quality, derelict sites and the Green Belt and I am determined that these should not be put on the back burner and we should pursue all avenues possible to find solutions that will bring benefit to the whole village.
“I am also pleased that mainstream politics is not brought into the council chamber and all decisions are made with the betterment of the village and its residents firmly in mind.”
For his year in office Coun Summers has chosen Studley Community First Responders as his charity to boost their fundraising efforts to buy a new, more advanced type of defibrillator.
The avid sports watcher is married to Julie and the couple have one son.