A new Mayor was elected to represent Crewkerne at the Annual Town Council Meeting, held in the council chambers on Monday evening. Councillor Ben Hodgson, who previously served as deputy mayor, completed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office for signature. He was handed the mayoral chain by councillor Robin Pailthorpe, who was mayor of Crewkerne for five consecutive years from 2012 – 2017. Councillor Robin Pailthorpe said: “I would like to thank you for the support and faith you have given to elect me for 5 years.” Councillor Pailthorpe congratulated his former deputy on taking the ‘mayoral chain of office’ and accordingly relinquished his chairman’s seat to councillor Hodgson, who took over chairing the annual meeting.
The new deputy mayor, for which there were two proposals, between councillor Katy Pritchard and councillor Kathy Head was decided by a majority show of hands. Councillor Kathy Head was offered the post of deputy mayor and duly accepted. The new chair and vice chair of the town council’s committees are as follows: Planning & Highways (chair) cllr Robin Pailthorpe, (vice chair) cllr Dan Wakeman. Amenities (chair) cllr Rusty Jackson (vice chair) cllr Mike Best. Policy & Resources (chair) cllr Neil Sturtivant (vice chair) cllr Katy Pritchard. There were no changes to the town councillors on the Crewkerne & West Crewkerne Joint Burial Committee, as all five councillors, currently on the board, were happy to carry on in their posts.
On the appointment of town councillors to the sub-committees and to various outside bodies, there were a few changes with the most significant one being, the appointment of the newest town councillor Paul Bradly, as the town council’s representative at meetings of Crewkerne Area Business Chamber. Councillor Bradly will attend CABC committee meetings, provided that they do not coincide with meetings of Crewkerne Town Council.