The Town Council met for the first time since the elections last evening, the Council was confronted with a very long agenda and the meeting closed after 10pm.
The Town Council supported me to become the Council Chairman, this being the third occasion of holding the office.
In my address I congratulated all members for their election success and especially those elected for the first time.
I paid my tribute to my Labour colleague, John Gilham who lost his seat after 50 years of service, a truly remarkable achievement, Colin Lockey also lost his seat after nearly thirty years and I stated that this public service should be recognised.
The Council elected it's new team, remarkably balanced, like Shepton we had plenty of votes.
The team is;
Chairman is yours truly
Vice Chair is bob Champion
Planning Chair is Derek Marvin
Admin Portfolio is John Parham
Collett park is Jeff Curtis
Ground Care is Terry Marsh
Asset Portfolio is Bente Height
Community Portfolio is Sue Cook
Regeneration Portfolio is Garfield Kennedy
For the record 3 Conservatives, 3 Lib Dems, 2 Independents and 1 Labour.
The new Town Council now has to get down to work and deliver for Shepton, we have pressing issues, like the Collett Park contract and the Council's office accommodation and the use of the capital fund, these decisions will be needed by the Autumn, so the new council will have to be up and running immediately and we also need to develop the new council's agenda for our Town.
Lots to do, can the new Council show the leadership required?
We have four years to make a difference, there is a lot to do.