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Cllr John Crawford has been elected the new Mayor of Tenterden and re-elected as Chair of Planning.

Cllr Crawford, a retired banking professional who initiated major business strategy and managed business and IT restructuring across the globe, succeeds Cllr Dr Lovelidge, who was Mayor for the past year.

Following his election at the Town Council’s annual meeting on Monday (9th May) Cllr Crawford said: “I am privileged and honoured to be elected as Mayor and will work tirelessly for the benefit of the community.”

“I should like to thank our recently retired Town Clerk Phil Burgess who provided a professional service to the community and all the councillors. He gave me a lot of advice and help when I joined as a councillor four years ago. We are very fortunate in that our new town clerk Debbie Baines who joined us from Newmarket in June 2021 is a capable professional and I look forward to working with her over the next Mayoral term.”

“Despite Covid lockdowns and restrictions, the Town Council has made significant progress in a number of activities such as advancing the Local Neighbourhood Plan and discrete climate change initiatives.”

“The work by local people and organisations has been amazing during Covid which has provided a life blood to the community. We should all be proud of them in serving our town during those difficult times.”

“One of the benefits of being Mayor is to choose an organisation to raise money for during my one-year term. With so many worthy organisations, I have selected Tenterden Memory Café who help people with memory problems or dementia, together with their family, friends and carers, they meet in an informal setting at St Andrews Church Hall.”

Cllr Sue Ferguson was elected Deputy Mayor of Tenterden at the Town Council’s annual meeting.