Susan Band, retiring chairman of Hart District Council, has handed over the reins to newly-elected chairman Jonathan Glen.

The changeover took place on May 9 at the first full meeting of the new term.

Cllr Band said: “It has been a feeling of great satisfaction, privilege and pleasure to carry the banner for Hart.”

In reply, Cllr Glen said: “She has fulfilled her position of chairman with dignity and honour and I’m proud, pleased and privileged to take office.”

Additionally, Cllr Robert Benford was elected leader and Cllr Brian Leversha became vice-chairman.