Mike, 19, Budleigh’s youngest councillor

THE youngest councillor in Budleigh Salterton’s history has hit the ground running after his first week in the role.

THE youngest councillor in Budleigh Salterton’s history has hit the ground running after his first week in the role.

Mike Hilliar, 19, of Moormead, who works for an Exmouth insurance company, has already been selected to sit on the public hall and planning committees.

Following his first meeting this week, he had nothing but praise for his fellow councillors.

He said: “They have all made me feel very welcome and part of the council.


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“Chris Kitson has taken me under his wing and has given me lots of advice, while the new mayor, Cllr Mitchell, and the former mayor, Tom Wright, have both been very supportive.”

He said his motivations for standing were not political - although he admitted to an interest in current affairs – but were instead driven by wanting to help the town and to give younger residents a voice.

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“I have lived in Budleigh for 19 years and want to do my best for the town,” said Mike.

Mike said he was interested in planning and, referring to plans for 50 homes in Greenway Lane and 60 near Hooker Close, backed the need for more affordable housing.

“They are badly needed, but I think the locations do need to be looked at.”

He has also taken a particular interest in St Peter’s School and echoed the concerns of Budleigh’s county education boss, Christine Channon, who, last year, said more space was needed.

“It’s good that St Peter’s is so popular. It’s an excellent school, but it is oversubscribed and I think there is potential for some kind of extension.”

Town clerk Jo Vanstone said: “I think it’s fantastic that we have new blood like Mike sitting on the council. I think it’s important to get a different perspective

“Sometimes the council will discuss things about what the town needs and Mike will be in a position to say what young people need.”

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