LIBERAL Democrat Carolyn Heaps has been elected mayor of Eastbourne for a second year.
She was voted in as the town’s first citizen at the annual meeting of Eastbourne Borough Council on Wednesday night (May 25).
Her deputy will be Mike Thompson, who represents Hampden Park on both the borough and county councils and is a long-standing councillor.
Mrs Heaps has attended 438 functions during her first year as mayor and raised thousands of pounds for her two chosen charities Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA and Young Care for the Carers.
During her second term of office her chosen charity is the Tuesday O’Hara Fund, an Eastbourne-based charity providing support and advice for young adults with cancer and their families.
The mayor’s chaplain will be Martin Relf from Churches Together in Eastbourne.
Also during Wednesday night’s meeting at the Town Hall, Liberal Democrat David Tutt was again elected leader of the council with Gill Mattock as his deputy.
Councillor Tutt, whose party holds 15 seats compared to the Conservatives’ 12, thanked councillors who stood down at the elections on May 5 and also those not re-elected.
Conservatives Barbara Goodall and Graham Marsden both retired and a thank you dinner was held at the Lansdowne Hotel after the meeting in their honour. Liberal Democrats Mary Pooley and Olive Woodall also retired and colleagues Alex Hough and Margaret Salsbury, last year’s deputy mayor, lost their seats to Conservatives.
New councillors, welcomed to the chamber for the first time, include Conservatives Colin Murdoch, Philip Ede, Gordon Jenkins, Alun Cooke, Tom Liddiard and Annabelle West and Liberal Democrats Janet Coles and Jim Murray. Pat Hearn, Alan Shuttleworth and John Ungar are also new councillors but have been members of the council before and making a return to the local political scene.