MEMBERS of Wiveliscombe Town Council have thanked David Grieg after more than 20 years of service as parish liaison officer with Taunton Deane.

He was presented with a picture of Taunton painted by Wiveliscombe artist Claire Rice.

Bryn Wilson, town council chairman, said: “David has visited, advised and trained us over the years and we wish to thank him for his hard work on behalf of the residents, businesses and visitors of Wiveliscombe and beyond.”

He also recalled that when a university research project investigated why the Deane had so few referrals to its standard committee, this was found to be in large measure due to David’s training and support to parish councillors.

Mary Whitmarsh, past Mayor of Taunton Deane, said David’s stately manner and cool head helped to keep parish councils compliant with the necessary rules and regulations.