Another year for Jo in the role of Hailsham town mayor

Cllr Jo Bentley is re-elected Mayor
Cllr Jo Bentley is re-elected Mayor

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, has been re-elected to serve the town for another year.

Cllr Bentley was elected at Hailsham Town Council’s Annual General Meeting along with Cllr Amanda O’Rawe, who was chosen as Deputy Town Mayor and Vice Chairman of the town council.

Prior to being re-elected as town mayor and signing the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Cllr Bentley asked members and staff to observe a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for Cllr Bryan Burchmore, who died recently.

During her address, the Mayor stated that it had been a busy but productive year for the town council and thanked all those who had contributed to its many achievements, for helping to provide better facilities for Hailsham and revitalising the town in the process.

The Mayor also thanked the Youth Mayor, Musta Rahman, for all his hard work during the past year and presented him with a gift on behalf of the town council.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Bentley said she was honoured to be re-elected.

She said: “Thank you for having faith in me.

“It is a privilege to continue in my role as town mayor for another term.

“I’d like to thank my fellow councillors for working with me to achieve a lot during the past year.

“However, there is still a lot more work to be done and many more good things to be achieved by the town council.

“I’d also like to extend my thanks to Cllr Michael Ryan for his support as Deputy Mayor and Vice-Chairman during the past year, and congratulate Cllr Amanda O’Rawe for being elected Deputy Mayor for 2014/2015.”

The chairs of the town council’s committees were also elected at the meeting.

Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou will chair Finance, Budget and Resources, Cllr Bill Bentley will chair Council Projects and Assets, Cllr Michael Ryan will chair Planning and Development, Cllr Nigel Coltman, will chair Business and Enterprise, Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou will chair Festivities and Events and Cllr Jo Bentley will chair Parks, Open Spaces and Sport.