New Budleigh mayor hopes to maintain town's image

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 June 2016

Budleigh's new mayor, Chris Kitson, with deputy mayor Alan Dent. Ref exb 21-16AW 7991. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh's new mayor, Chris Kitson, with deputy mayor Alan Dent. Ref exb 21-16AW 7991. Picture: Alex Walton

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Incoming mayor Chris Kitson is hoping he and his new deputy, Alan Dent, can help maintain Budleigh Salterton's image as a 'nice place to live'.

Cllr Kitson was named mayor for 2015-16, replacing the outgoing Councillor Courtney Richards, who steps down from his fourth spell as the town’s figurehead.

The former mayor will continue in his role as chairman of the council’s finance committee.

Cllr Kitson, who will lead the council until at least next May, said: “I am honoured to be appointed as your town mayor and to have this opportunity to lead the council through many and varied issues and opportunities to ensure Budleigh Salterton maintains its values as a nice place to live.

“The town council is not just one person, but a team of 12 councillors, working together, functioning through a series of committees, and I will continue to encourage councillors to be active in these committees.”

He also thanked former mayor Courtney Richards.

Cllr Kitson said: “He has guided us well and set achievable objectives, some of which will now be in my area of responsibility.

“Though not an officially recognised position, I will value the support of Courtney, as past mayor, as I lead the council through the next year.”

Alan Dent, who is also a district councillor and chairman of the town council’s planning committee, will take over from Cllr Kitson as deputy.

Speaking of the appointment of Cllr Dent as new deputy, Cllr Kitson said: “I look forward to working with him as our deputy.

“His experience in mainstream business, coupled with that of being a district councillor, will be of great benefit to the town.”

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