After the sad death of Cllr Peter Powell, it was necessary to look for a new Parish Councillor for Nether Poppleton. Notices were put in the relevant places and village resident Gordon Bates said he would like to be considered for the role.

At the February meeting of the Parish Council Gordon’s application to join was unanimously supported and he was therefore co-opted. Gordon works in York as a school teacher and lives on Midway Avenue with his wife and dog and is very much looking forward to further contributing to village life. As he had yet to be formally appointed Gordon was an observer for the February Planning Meeting but then joined in with the Main Meeting after his co-option. The clerk has given him an induction to the role and Gordon will look at doing relevant training as and when it is available.

As Peter continues to be remembered, the meeting agreed it would put a plaque commemorating him on one of the new seats being installed in front of the pond. As recorded in the minutes ‘It would be a ‘Happy to Chat’ seat’ as Peter loved to chat.

Commenting on Gordon’s appointment, Parish Council Chairman Sean Barry said ‘the passing of Peter was a huge loss for the village and Parish Council but I am delighted to welcome Gordon to his new role, which I have no doubt he will be excellent at.’