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May 25 2015.

Last week's Annual Meeting of Newhaven Town Council, saw the retirement of long-serving town councillor, Judith Ost, who has been Town Mayor for the past year. Judith's year as Mayor was the crowning moment of her 16 year career as a town councillor. Before being elected to the town council she had served for some years as a district councillor for Newhaven. For ten of her years as town councillor Judith was also Leader of the Council.

Before taking nominations for the new Mayor, Judith presented Sarah Jarvis of Home-Start with a cheque. Home-Start has been the Mayor's charity for 2014-15.

Councillor Steve Saunders was elected as the new Town Mayor for 2015-16 and Councillor Paul Boswell was elected as the Deputy Mayor.

Quite a number of town councillors left the town council at the recent elections, some of whom had served for four years and some of whom had served for very much longer. 

Eleven of the 18 councillors elected on the 7th of May are new to the town council and the political balance of the council has changed slightly with the election of two UKIP members and one Conservative in addition to the 15 Liberal Democrats. 

Pictured: Steve Saunders and Judith Ost.