Melford council elects new chairman

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After well-publicised rifts, Long Melford Parish Council’s new chairman said he hopes things will improve before positions are reassessed at the Annual Council Meeting in May.

Graham Eade, who joined the council in January after a by-election, was voted in as the new chairman at a meeting last night. Emma Butler Smith was voted in as the vice chairman.

“Jayne [Lines] and Spud [ Dudden] both resigned and obviously we do need a chair so we voted last night.

“We will see what happens at the annual meeting. Hopefully we can sort the various problems we have and the village can get back on track.”

The call comes after the police were called to three parish council meetings within the past year.

A by-election was held in January after the resignations of Helen Spear and Sarah Wordley, with Mr Eade and Angela McKenna voted onto the council.

The Annual Council Meeting takes place on May 5, at the Old School Community Centre.

The Annual Parish Meeting, where local organisations will be invited to discuss their roles in the community, takes place on May 3, at the United Reformed Church.