Fresh faces at council meeting

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THERE were friendly welcomes, kind words of thanks and future planning at the first meeting of the newly elected Stowmarket Town Council, on Wednesday.

Stowmarket Town Council met for the first time since elections, welcoming back re-elected councillors and introducing new faces.

At the meeting, held on Wednesday evening at the Stowmarket Town Council offices, in Stowmarket, retiring mayor Cllr Poppy Robinson also said her goodbyes and presented her charity cheques.

She said: “I would like to pay my thanks to our past councillors who have worked and supported me during my time as mayor, they have carried out sterling work for the good of Stowmarket.”

She presented £3,000 to her chosen charities, split evenly between the local cancer support group, local branch of arthritis research and the Suffolk branch for motor neurone disease.

Cllr David Whybrow thanked Cllr Robinson for all her hard work as mayor.

“You have done this town credit,” he said.

Cllr Vera Waspe led the council in a vote of thanks. She said: “You have carried your duties well and we are very proud of you.”

Cllr Debbie Ball was unanimously voted in as the new town mayor for 2011/2012.

“This, for me, is a huge personal achievement and I’m immensely proud and very honoured.

“I can’t wait to serve the people of Stowmarket,” she said.

Cllr Anne Whybrow received a unanimous vote to be deputy town mayor, and Cllr Lesley Mayes was appointed as leader of the council.

Cllr Ball also selected the charities she will support during her mayoral year. She chose the 1st Mid Suffolk Boys’ Brigade which needs money to fund repairs to its building, and the Suffolk branch of the Meningitis Trust – a personal choice in honour of her father who suffered from meningitis.