HAILSHAM: New mayor says that much can be achieved

Jeff-Bentley Astor
Jeff-Bentley Astor

THE NEW Mayor of Hailsham believes ‘much can be achieved in Hailsham’ during his term of office.

Councillor Jeff-Bentley Astor, pictured, who has been a town councillor for a number of years, was officially accepted as the town mayor and Chairman of Hailsham Town council at the annual meeting on May 16.

He has called Hailsham a ‘special place’ in his first official message to residents.

Cllr Bentley-Astor said, “I feel that at the outset of my period as town mayor and chairman I should make absolutely clear my intention to work in the interest of all council tax payers, businesses and voluntary organisations in Hailsham.

“I am tremendously honoured to have been elected by the council to mayorship of the town, yet, despite the many privileges associated with the role, I am aware of the burden of responsibility which it brings as first citizen and representative of the town of Hailsham.

“Much can be achieved in Hailsham and the council wanted somebody going forward as town mayor who could work with different groups of people to face the challenges we face.”

The mayor, who has served on and chaired a number committees in his time at the town council, promised to work hard to keep Hailsham a ‘special place’.

“In my capacity as chairman of the council, I will work hard for the good of this town and all who live and work here. I am at ease knowing that much can be achieved with the support of an active team of fellow town councillors and officers – and the support of the town’s people too.

“Over the years, I have witnessed how the town mayor and chairman can be a unifying force for the town and I really hope that I can achieve this too during my term.

“Please be assured of my very best wishes,” he said.

He also paid tribute to retiring mayor councillor Robin Kempe.