All systems go as Horndean village council now at full strength

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A PARISH council is at full capacity after many months of struggling to fill positions.

Horndean Parish Council now has 15 members following the co-option of Christopher Gray, who will serve on Downs Ward, which is the northernmost ward in the parish.

It comes after uncertainty over the last year or so, with a number of parish councillors leaving.

Tracy Predeth, clerk to the council, said: ‘We are now at full capacity of 15 members who all have individual skills and knowledge and are working together as a democratic team to be the voice of and represent the community, providing services to meet needs and working to improve quality of life and wellbeing.

‘A parish council should be fuelled and driven by what their people and communities want.

‘Local councils can take social action which makes a real difference at grass-roots neighbourhood level.’

Cllr Gray moved to Horndean in 2010 when he got a job as a project manager at BAE Systems at Portsmouth Naval Base.

He has spent much of his life travelling the world with the army.

He said: ‘I see Horndean as my home, a place that I want to be proud to live in and have a desire to preserve the beautiful countryside that surrounds our village.

‘I see my role as being one of the custodians along with my fellow councillors and a conduit for voicing and enabling the wishes of the residents we represent.’