New chair wants ‘a positive year’

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Councillor Michael Chartier, who represents Lewes Castle, was on Wednesday elected as the new Chair of Lewes District Council.

His appointment was approved at the council’s annual meeting, and he takes over from Cllr Tony Nicholson.

Cllr Chartier is the longest serving Lewes District Councillor – holding the position for 26 years.

He said “ I am delighted to hold the position of Chairman of Lewes District Council for the third time. It is especially rewarding to be able to show cross party working in its truest sense. I am looking forward to serving the whole council and I hope we can have a positive year together.

“It is a significant year for the District with the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes and being a keen historian I am delighted that the council is involved in helping to fund the Battlefield Site Survey.”

In his working life, Cllr Chartier was a secondary school teacher in Croydon for 34 years where he was Head of Careers and taught history and religious studies.

He has a love of history and acts as the council’s honourary historian – he is especially interested in the history of Lewes and Sussex, plus the period of Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate.

He is married to Monica and they have three sons.

Cllr Ian White (Seaford West) was appointed Vice-Chair of the Council.

Also a long-serving member of Lewes Town Council, Cllr Chartier is currently the Mayor of Lewes.

He will be replaced later this month by Independent Ruth O’Keeffe. The annual Mayor Making Ceremony will take place at Lewes Town Hall on May 23. The new Deputy Mayor will by Cllr Micheal Turner.