Annual Town Meeting 2008
be a very brief report because I don't want to duplicate matters
which will be raised elsewhere.
The most significant
achievement of the Council in the past year has been the attainment
of Quality Town Status. This has been gained through the tremendous
amount of work put in by Maddie, the Town Clerk, with important
contributions from all my fellow Councillors. Maddie has also increased
the booking of the Market Hall and we must thank our caretaker,
Alan George, for his help with this and other work around the town.
It was decided
by the Council over a year ago that I should give an attendance
record for the main Council meetings and I will quickly run through
this. Out of a possible 12 meetings the number attended was:
Cllr Mrs Marian
Cllr Sir Peter
Cllr Ms Victoria
Cllr Mrs Rose
Cllr Ken Howe
Cllr Ms Bryony
Peall 2 (out of a possible 2)
Cllr Mrs Diana
Cllr Ms Chéleigh
Col Ron Warren 11
to all the Councillors for achieving this average of 87%
year we finalised the acquisition of the Chantry road Play Area
from the successors to the Gas Board and I would like to thank Col
Warren for all the work he put into this, including getting back
a rent overpayment which I would have given up for lost.
A lot of work
has been put in by Councillors and others organising the Arts Festival
and more recently the St Georges weekend celebrations. I would like
to extend my warmest thanks to all those involved, too numerous
to mention without the risk missing someone out.
One of the
problems suffered by Councils, as with all voluntary organisations,
is that the membership gets older every year. When, as happens about
once a year, someone does resign, they are usually replaced by someone
of a similar age. I was therefore very pleased when, after more
than a third of the Councillors announced their intention to retire
last May, several younger people put themselves forward for election
and were well suppor ted by you, the electorate. After a recent
resignation we were also fortunate to have someone walk into Maddie's
office and volunteer her services and we were able to welcome our
newest member, Bryony Peall. I trust you will join me in offering
full support to our young members because they are our future.
thank you to everyone I have forgotten to mention thus far.
Fisher , 21 st April 2008