A Rickmansworth councillor of 11 years has taken over as Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) chairman.
Councillor Paula Hiscocks took the council reins from councillor Phil Williams on Tuesday, May 22 after his two year stint as chairman.
Cllr Hiscocks has been an integral member of the local community for years, having lived in Rickmansworth for over three decades.
She was instrumental in saving Watersmeet when it was announced it would be closing in 2003 – she helped collect 8,000 opposing signatures in a week, and she also joined the team who agreed to run it as a trust.
She then founded the Friends of Watersmeet and, with others, started the successful Friends of Watersmeet Film Society.
In 2008, cllr Hiscocks stood for Rickmansworth at a by-eleciton and has continued to work hard for resdients for 11 years; in that time, she has also been a school governor for St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Stockers Farm Road, Rickmansworth.
The former English schoolteacher said: “Having been a councillor for 11 years serving the residents of Rickmansworth and Three Rivers, I am honoured to accept the position of Chairman of Three Rivers Council.
“My main aim this year is to raise awareness of all the wonderful facilities we have in Three Rivers. I would like all our residents to enjoy and use these facilities which ever area they live in, whatever age they are and whatever obstacles may be impeding them.”