A NEW Oswestry town clerk has been appointed.

Arren Roberts will start his duties in July, replacing David Preston, who is leaving the council after 44 years of service to become chief executive of the National Association of British Market Authorities.

Arren has been assistant town clerk at Oswestry Town Council for the past three years but previously gained a wealth of experience with local authorities in Shropshire and Wales.

Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Sandy Best, said: "Arren was the unanimous choice of the Council. We look forward to working with him on the many projects, opportunities and challenges that we face in the months ahead."

Mr Roberts said: “It’s a real privilege to have been appointed to the position of town clerk and I am extremely grateful for the faith that the elected members have shown in me. I would like to thank my colleagues at Oswestry Town Council for their support. I am extremely pleased, proud and humbled.”