New Town Mayor's call for openness and public participation
In opening remarks to the assembled Town Councillors she said: "I am confident this will be a great year. I want to give the public the opportunity to speak at more meetings - to make them more welcome and to be more accessible."
"We need the public and the community to be behind us."
The meeting voted in new chairs and vice-chairs for its four committees and one sub-committee:
Planning: Chair - Councillor Andy Wilson. Vice-chair - Councillor Susie Price.
Finance & Policy: Chair - Councillor Andy Ross. Vice-chair - Councillor Guy Loosmore.
Property: Chair - Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton. Vice-chair - Councillor Guy Loosmore.
Amenities & Open Spaces: Chair - Councillor Mark Cooper. Vice-chair - Councillor Harry Forbes.
Staffing Sub-committee: Chair - Councillor Peggy Dow. Vice-chair - Councillor Mark Cooper.