New Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood and Deputy Mayor Cllr Duncan Bennett.

New Uckfield Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected

New Uckfield Mayor is Cllr Louise Eastwood and Deputy Mayor is Cllr Duncan Bennett.

They were chosen last night at the annual statutory meeting of Uckfield Town Council, the first meeting of the new council following elections on May 7.

Both are members of Trust Independent. Cllr Eastwood represents North Ward and Cllr Duncan Bennett represents New Town Ward.

The pair have worked together previously in the same roles from 2006 to 2009.

Cllr Eastwood said: “It is a new year, a new start. We have got new councillors on board and I am sure it is going to be an interesting year but if we all work together we can achieve great things.”

After the meeting Cllr Eastwood and Cllr Bennett said the Trust Independent group was still in existence but there was no party whip and meetings were not held in advance of council meetings to decide how members should vote.

They stressed group members would work with other councillors for the greater good of the greater number of people in Uckfield.

Before the meeting closed Cllr Paul Sparks (Liberal Democrat, North Ward) thanked outgoing mayor Cllr Ian Smith (Independent, Ridgewood) for being an “outstanding mayor”.

Three people submitted written nominations for Cllr Smith to be mayor again but Cllr Jackie Love (Trust Independent, North) nominated Cllr Eastwood and she was elected following a secret ballot.

Councillors also agreed at last night’s meeting who should sit on council committees and sub-committees. Members of each elected their own chair and vice-chair.

The results were:

General Purposes Committee:

Chair: Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Vice-chair: Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Other members:
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central.

Environment and Leisure

Chair: Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Vice-chair: Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Other members:
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Plans

Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town

Finance sub-committee

Chair: Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood

Personnel sub-committee

Chair: Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Vice-chair: Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North

Newsletter editorial

No chair or vice-chair
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North

Councillors appointed to outside bodies

Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee:
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood

Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee – substitute members:
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North

Gatwick Airport Consultation Group:
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North

Uckfield Youth Council:
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North

Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee:
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town

Informal Wealden line Steering Group:
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town

West Park Local Nature Reserve:
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve:
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Uckfield and District Twinning Association:
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood

Age Concern:
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North

Luxford Centre Management Committee:
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North

Uck Valley Flood Forum:
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North

Wealden Bus Alliance:
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood

Millennium Green Trust:
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood

Uckfield Sports Forum:
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood

Uckfield Volunteer Centre:
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central

Citizens Advice Bureau:
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North

Ridgewood Village Hall Management Committee:
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood

Preservation Society – Bridge Cottage Committee:
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Wealden District Association of Local Councils Management Committee:
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Wealden District Association of Local Councils Planning Panel:
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central

East Sussex Association of Local Councils:
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Emergency Planning Co-ordinators:
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North

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