THE LONG-standing and well-liked chairman of Easebourne Parish Council has stepped down from his position to be replaced by councillor Adrian Revill.
Ian Heustice, who has been chairman for about seven years, will continue to sit on the council.
“I must say everybody speaks well of Ian,” said Mr Revill.
“He has been a very good chairman and runs meetings in a very calm and relaxed way – I think because he has a certain honesty, and he makes sure everyone who wants to speak has their say.”
Speaking of his new position, he added: “I am very pleased to be taking up the role, it’s quite an exciting time.
“There is the possibility of acquiring the recreation ground and the possibility of having a village hall is something I’ve been working on.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing that happen. It is all a bit of a change in Easebourne. Until now the parish council has been fairly quiet.”
Mr Heustice has worked on a number of different issues in the parish, including co-ordinating objections to the controversial King Edward VII hospital and chairing the parish council during the first stage of its ground-breaking negotiations with West Sussex County Council over the future of the former intermediate school.
He has also been instrumental in negotiations to ease the flooding problem suffered by many Easebourne villagers.