A graduate of Cambridge University who has worked in senior positions in the Norfolk education system has been co-opted to Reepham Town Council.
Paul Mitchell (pictured), who has lived in Reepham for 45 years, previously held posts as director of Dereham Sixth Form College, Ofsted schools inspector, principal schools adviser for Norfolk County Council, headteacher of Aylsham High School and interim headteacher of Northgate High School, Dereham.
Married with three children, Mr Mitchell, who is now retired, decided to support the local community by serving as a town councillor.
“I feel that Reepham needs to maintain the diversity of shops and businesses to sustain the community,” he said.
“My personal view, which I know is shared by many in Reepham, is that there is a need for more car parking, which would help local people and encourage those from the surrounding area to use the local shops and other amenities that Reepham has to offer. This would help ensure that businesses are able to flourish.
“I believe that Reepham needs to continue to grow, but in a carefully controlled and managed way, as I am acutely aware of the pressure that growth in housing would have on local services, such as the doctors’ surgery and the primary school.”
- There are currently vacancies on Reepham Town Council. For further information on becoming a town councillor, contact the Town Clerk on 01603 873355 or email