New councillors co-opted onto Uckfield Town Council last night to represent Uckfield Ridgewood and Uckfield North wards are Karen Bedwell and Colin Snelgrove respectively.
They were chosen from a group of five candidates by town councillors at their annual statutory meeting.
Unsuccessful candidates were Peter Selby for Ridgewood and Lisa Smith and Patricia Dann for North.
Karen has lived in Uckfield for about 15 years. She has three children, Tom, Jamie, and Henri, who attended local primary schools and Uckfield College. Henri is still at the college.
She is currently serving her second year as chair of Ridgewood Village Hall committee and has been involved in school activities, including being a parent governor at St Philips for six years, and a member of Uckfield Rugby Club mini-committee.
She has also helped support Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival over ten years and is a member of Uckfield Lions.
She told town councillors she would like to work with them to continuously improve Uckfield and Ridgewood as it grows and diversifies and keep the social values and responsibilities that are so important to the residents of Uckfield high on the agenda.
Colin Snelgrove said he had lived in Uckfield all his life and brought up his family here. He and his children attended local schools.
He said: “I have a strong view on public order and my previous experience of working in the prison sector makes me very aware of the causes and effects of antisocial behaviour, as well as the difficulties involved in improving things in that way.
“I would like to work to ensure that Sussex Police have the ability to deal with the things that happen in a growing town.”
Mr Snelgrove said he was also keen to make sure the town council had the right number of school places, doctors and other things we all needed as people moved into the 1,000 new homes being built.
Attending a town council meeting for the first time were newly elected councillors Gary Johnson, Conservatives, Ridgewood; James Edwards, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood; Ben Cox, Labour and Co-operative, New Town.
Angie Smith, Labour, North, was also new but her seat was uncontested.
New youth councillors were co-opted to the council last night. They are Lewis Westwood-Flood, and Ashley Brunsdon. Both are 17-years-old and attend Uckfield College.
Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew and Deputy Mayor Jackie Love were elected unopposed to serve for a second year.