Councillor back to fill Hailsham ward vacancy

Cllr Puttick
Cllr Puttick

A former Hailsham town councillor has been co-opted to fill a vacancy in the Hailsham South and West ward.

Hailsham Independent John Puttick was voted for in public at the meeting of full council held on Wednesday (July 23), having received the majority of votes from members.

The vacancy arose after the death of Cllr Bryan Burchmore last April and the co-option now brings the council’s membership back to 24 town councillors.

Mr Puttick stated that among his reasons for putting his name forward to become a town councillor again was to continue his work on making Hailsham a better place to live, work and visit.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back on the town council and would like to thank all those who took time to vote for me. I’m confident I can do the role justice as I have done when I served as councillor before and will do my level best to put something back into the local community and ensure the town council’s priorities are achieved to the best of my ability.”

Mr Puttick was originally elected on to the town council in May 2007 and served until May 2011. During this time he sat on a number of committees including the former Planning Consultative Panel and Hailsham In Bloom Committee, of which he was Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, welcomed Mr Puttick back on to the town council. She said: “I’m delighted John has been co-opted to represent this ward. He does have a good track record of serving Hailsham and has always been a concerned citizen, getting involved in the local community as much as possible.”