Gill is chosen to be Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's new Mayor
Gill has been chosen by fellow town councillors to be the new
Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
77-year-old, who has been a town councillor for two years, was
elected by councillors during a special meeting on Monday evening.
His wife, Gillian, has become Mayoress.
Mayor Louise Parkin, who had come to the end of her term, was
praised by Cllr Gill for the "fantastic job" she has
done over the last year.
Peter Clayton proposed a vote of thanks to Cllr Parkin, saying:
"Your commitment has been exceptional. You've carried out
your duties with great dignity and maturity.
added: "You've been the driving force behind the Youth Town
Council and have been a great ambassador for our two towns."
Cooper also praised Louise, saying she had been a "great
credit" to the council and had presided over meetings in
a "very fair manner." He added: "We wish you all
the best for the future."
thanked her Cadet, Chaplain, Mayoress, Deputy Mayor, two Clerks
and close colleague, Neville Jones. "I also thank fellow
councillors, the press and the public for all their support. You've
all been very kind and I have incredibly appreciated it,"
was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a set of four historic
prints showing various scenes of Burnham on behalf of the council.
Deputy Mayor is chosen amid heated Highbridge debate
feelings regarding the fact that a Mayor has not come from Highbridge
for over ten years were aired by Cllr Cooper. "I do feel
insulted that no Mayor has come from Highbridge for over ten years,"
claimed this was due to three reasons: "It's either politics;
the fact that councillors don't think anyone in Highbridge is
worthy of it; or that councillors feel they want to slight Highbridge."
proposed Highbridge councillor Cllr Jean Whitehouse for the post
of Deputy Mayor, but a vote of councillors saw Cllr Davey (pictured
right) win the post.
new Mayor welcomed his new Deputy to the post and said he would
like to see politics left out of the council's business in the
year ahead, adding that his motto would be: "Advance Burnham