First town council election in years is “healthy”, says Diss mayor

Diss, Norfolk. New Diss Mayor Keith Kiddie ANL-140827-145915001

Diss, Norfolk. New Diss Mayor Keith Kiddie ANL-140827-145915001

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Diss mayor Keith Kiddie says it is “healthy”the town council held its first election in many years last week.

A total of 14 candidates were put forward for the town council’s 13 vacancies.

Eight candidates who had previously served on the council secured re-election, whilst Liberal Democrats representatives David Traube, Fiona Wenman and Trevor Wenman, plus independents Mary Gibson and Christine Liggett, were appointed for the first time.

The one to miss out was long-time councillor Harold Rackham, a former town mayor and deputy to the current mayor.

Mr Kiddie said: “It is actually very healthy that we as a town actually had an election, because for many, many years there wasn’t enough people interested to generate an election.

“Some people on the town council actually stood down, retired, and that’s fine, and we are very pleased with their service.

“And we have new people coming in, so that’s going to be great because they will bring different things to the party.”

Mr Kiddie added the Heritage Triangle project would be the immediate priority for the authority.

For the Redenhall with Harleston Town Council, ten candidates were elected uncontested, with newcomers Frances Bickley, Peter Marjoram, Simon Marjoram and Greg Rose taking the places of the departing Brian Stannard, Andrew Rankin and Frank Thomas.

In Starston, an almost completely new look parish council was formed, with eight candidates standing for its seven seats only months after concerns the authority could fold.

John Formston was re-elected as the only returning name of the four councillors who served prior to the election, joining six fresh faces.

The Eye Town Council election was uncontested, with 15 candidates standing for all of the available positions. Departures from the council include Linda Cummins, who served as town mayor in 2013/14, and was on the council for more than a decade, Merlin Carr, who enjoyed two stints as mayor, and Georgia Horobin.

Mick Smith, Mick Robins, and Klaus Gleissberg were newly elected to the authority.

In Stradbroke, 18 candidates stood for 13 positions on the village’s parish council.

Lynda Ellison-Rose, Stuart Crane, James Hargrave and Gillian Rennie-Dunkerly did not win re-election, while the council welcomed newcomers Richard Pierce-Saunderson, Don Darling, Ellie Wharton, and Caroline Barnes.