‘Keep up the fight in 2011’

Don Butler looks forward to 2011
Don Butler looks forward to 2011

The Deputy Mayor has called for the people of Thame to group together and ensure 2011 follows on from the success of the past 12 months.

Councillor Don Butler has highlighted the fight against 550 homes being built in the town as the key battle next year and has pledged to support his people who are against the plans.

He said: “I am willing to support the majority of the town who are fighting these proposals and so hopefully 2011 will see the end of the plans.

“I think most people are of the opinion that Thame is an old market town and that this could be spoilt if these houses are built.”

If the plans were to fall through then it would make 2010 the perfect year for Mr Butler, who picked out the proposals as the only low point of the past 12 months.

The former mayor was keen to point out how much of a good year 2010 has been for the town as a new football stadium and library has been built.

He said: “If you look back at it then it has definitely been a good year.

“I think the highlight has to be the Thame Football Partnership and the opening of the new ground.

“It is a marvellous facility which has come about thanks to the hard work of so many people.

“Everyone is very pleased to have football back in the town and it is great that the Thame people can go and watch football in such a brilliant stadium.”

Mr Butler also believes this new stadium will help get children in the town more active and involved within the club.

He said: “The best bit of it is that the youngsters are now signing up to the partnership, the children will now be able to go from strength to strength.”

The second highlight for Mr Butler was the opening of the new library, which he believes will bring more people to the town.

“The new library is great,” he said: “There are a lot of libraries closing down and so it can be used by people in villages such as Chinnor. It is very important to bring more people to the town and I think if they come to the library they will also visit the shops.”