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12:45 Friday 13 April 2012  Written by Steve Scott

Parish chairman resigns with immediate effect

The chairman of Taplow Parish Council says sweeping changes to day centres in the county played a crucial part in her decision to resign.

Mary Trevallion has stepped down as chairman and councillor for Taplow parish with immediate effect.

The Cliveden Gages resident, who had been chairman for about six years, said the demands of being a carer for her severely disabled daughter meant she could no longer combine the roles.

The mother-of-six previously spoke out against plans announced by Buckinghamshire County Council in 2010 to close all day centres in the county and replace them with three community hubs and two community satellites, one in Burnham.

Mary's daughter, Anna, suffers from epilepsy, scoliosis and a severe learning disability.

Mary said: "Changes made to her services meant my role as a carer greatly increased. Carers always have to pick up the pieces, and although we do it with joy and love there are only so many hours in the day.

"We have some very capable and experienced councillors in Taplow who will have no problems filling the gaps, so it made sense to go quickly having made the decision."

In March last year the county council agreed a three-year programme to replace the 22 council-owned centres with six new Day Opportunity Centres - in Aylesbury, Wycombe, Amersham/Chesham, Beaconsfield, Buckingham and Burnham.

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