New mayor for Polegate

Cllr Michael Clewett
Cllr Michael Clewett

Polegate has a new mayor after Cllr Michael Clewett was elected to the post and officially sworn in at a ceremony at the United Reformed Church Hall in the town.

Cllr Clewett has been a Polegate town councillor for the Polegate south ward since 2011, and was proposed for the role by Cllr Tim Voyce (Polegate Residents Association).

Cllr Clewett has already been passionately involved in a number of issues, such as the opposition of the proposed Shepham Wind Farm.

He is also Chairman of the Save our Signal Box Campaign which fought to save the historical building from demolition and turn it into a museum.

He also campaigned to save the High Street toilets from closure.

He will replace Cllr Malcolm Cunningham, the outgoing mayor.

Cllr Cunningham said: “I am sure that Michael will work hard to support the town and its residents.”

Speaking for the first time as mayor, Cllr Clewett said: “I am delighted and honoured to be elected mayor of Polegate.

“I’m proud of our town and will do my best to emulate the former mayor in devoting as much time as necessary to serve my term as mayor with dedication and enthusiasm.”

Cllr Margaret Piper was appointed as deputy mayor after being proposed by Cllr Jill Voyce.

Cllr Piper said: “Thank you all very much for appointing me as deputy mayor, I am looking forward to working with Michael as a good team.”

Before exchanging the mayoral chains, Cllr Cunningham thanked council officers and councillors for the support they had given him, and gave a special thanks to the administrative assistant Mr Hale for helping him with his mayoral diary.

He said: “It has been a great privilege and honour to be mayor of Polegate.”

The Children with Cancer Fund (Polegate) was chosen by Cllr Clewett as the mayor’s charity of the year.

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