The vacancy on the Town Council caused by the sad loss of Councillor Clive Constable was filled last week by the co-option of Peter Sipthorp.

Peter issued the following statement:

My love of Chipping Campden began in 1957 when I started infants school with Miss Morris in the building which is now the library.  Miss Morris and my mother organised school trips to our family farm at Stretton-on-Fosse.  As a teenager, I played cricket for the town. On my return to the area in 2007 I started playing bowls for the town and have had a lot of fun in the past decade.

During my lifetime Shipston-on-Stour, Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway have made visitors welcome by providing car parks. With tourism becoming more important to the economy of our town I think that providing car parks is a top priority.  I have no desire to see over development spoiling the town. There remains a need for homes that local people can afford. This is a difficult problem with plots selling for around £250,000.  Many people have informed me of the desirability of a link road from Aston to Station Road.  This would take heavy traffic out of the centre of town . I support the idea in the long term but believe the parking problem has greater priority.

I have the interests of the whole town at heart. I have not joined the council to protect any vested interest. Please feel free to let me know of your concerns.