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Hadleigh mayor stayed on to support new councillors

The new Hadleigh mayor Richard Whiting.
The new Hadleigh mayor Richard Whiting.

Richard Whiting who has been elected as the new mayor for Hadleigh has admitted he only decided not to stand down in order to support the many new councillors.

Mr Whiting who was last mayor in 2002-2003 said it was important to have continuity on the council after nearly two-thirds of the previous council stood down.

“I felt on this occasion not to leave the post with so many new councillors,” he said.

The 69-year-old has been involved in local affairs for nearly 44 years, being a magistrate in Ipswich prior to being a councillor.

His year as mayor could prove to be an important time for the town with a number of possible issues arising.

Permission has been given for the town cemetery to be extended with it now a race against time for all the details to be in place and work to start before space on the current plot runs out.

“The cemetery has about three years before it full so it’s very important we get on and develop it,” he said.

The preparatory work for the site could take up to three years.

There are also talks over the council granting a lease for the Millfield sports area, while it will be up to members to decide whether to put in a bid for the Corn Exchange building being sold by Suffolk County Council.

Despite the many challenges facing the council Mr Whiting said he was excited about the year ahead.

“I didn’t expect to do this again. I’m quite looking forward to it. It’s nice to go around meeting new people. I consider myself a people person.”

Mr Whiting will be joined by Maggie Solomon who will be the town mayoress and Trevor Sheldrick, the new deputy town mayor.

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