Council chairman dies suddenly

Roger Emmett
Roger Emmett

The chairman of Wycombe District Council, which covers Kimble and Risborough, has died suddenly.

Roger Emmett, who became chairman last month, died on Sunday at the age of 68.

Cllr Richard Scott, leader of the council said: “Roger was an excellent ward councillor and I had been looking forward to working with him as the recently elected chairman of the district.

“He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and worked with him at Wycombe District Council and in the local community.

“The heartfelt sympathies of everyone at Wycombe District Council is with Roger’s wife Frances, their two sons Mark and Neill and the rest of their family.”

Mr Emmett was a lifelong farmer, with a love of rugby, skiing, walking and travel ‘away from tourists and buses’.

An active member of Wycombe District Council since 2001, he represented the rural ward of Hambleden Valley.

Having served as vice chairman last year, he became chairman of Wycombe District Council in May 2013.