Wychavon elects new chairman

A new Chairman has been elected to Wychavon District Council.

During an Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday (22 July), Cllr Robert Raphael was elected to take on the role.

The councillor for the Evesham North ward will take over from Cllr Frances Smith, who has served for the past two years. Cllr Alex Sinton was also confirmed as the new Vice Chairman.

Wychavon's Annual Council meeting should have taken place on 13 May, however, due to coronavirus, it was cancelled.

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

Cllr Frances Smith, former Chairman of Wychavon, 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."

Cllr Robert Raphael, newly appointed Chairman of Wychavon, 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."

The main role of the Chairman is to act as a non-political, civic and ceremonial head of the district of Wychavon. They also chair council meetings, act as official host to visitors of the district, represent the district at civic and ceremonial events and promote public involvement in the council's activities.

Cllr Frances Smith (left) Cllr Robert Raphael (middle) and Cllr Alex Sinton (right).
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