Councillors and officers at Chesham Town Council were both shocked and saddened to hear of the death yesterday of its M.P. Dame Cheryl Gillan. Dame Cheryl was a tireless supporter of both Chesham as a town and the town and parish council sector as a whole. As well as being at the heart of strategic efforts to develop and improve the town through such initiatives as the ‘Chesham Town Team’ (set up after the Portas Review to try and regenerate the town centre) and the emerging Neighbourhood Plan/Masterplan, she never neglected her tireless constituency work helping local Chesham constituents with daily problems and liaised regularly with Town Council officers to try and resolve them – always with cheeriness and respect. Dame Cheryl was, of course, also a determined and vocal opponent of the HS2 project in respect to the detrimental effects it would have on its constituents and the local environment. She will be sadly missed by all at Chesham Town Council and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this time.
The Town Flag will be flown at half-mast for three days in The Broadway as a mark of respect and also on the day of her funeral.