BARNSTAPLE S new civic dignitaries have already planned ahead for what they hope will be a busy and productive municipal year. Speaking to the Gazette before Monday evening s official mayor-making ceremony, Mayor Cllr Phillips and deputy Cllr IanRoome, bo

BARNSTAPLE'S new civic dignitaries have already planned ahead for what they hope will be a busy and productive municipal year.Speaking to the Gazette before Monday evening's official mayor-making ceremony, Mayor Cllr Phillips and deputy Cllr IanRoome, both from Pilton, talked about a team approach to getting things done."If you work as a team you can usually achieve more," said Cllr Phillips."I hope that with the support of my deputy and the council, we can forge closer links with the community and get things done that will be a real benefit to the town."We want to be approachable, and work closely with other groups in the community to achieve a common goal." Cllr Phillips, 45, a solicitor working out of South Molton, said he was looking forward to the year ahead."I first came across the town council when I was 16 years old and at the time Ian Scott was the Mayor. Ian and Bill Forward - another former Mayor -were both instrumental in me going to university, getting a degree and becoming a solicitor. I always looked up to them and it is nice to be able to follow in their footsteps."It's going to be one heck of a challenge - hard work, but hopefully, enjoyable."Cllr Roome, one of the town's youngest serving deputy mayors at 39, said he was looking forward to trying to raise the profile of the town council to benefit disadvantaged groups in the community.He said that the re-launch of the town council's website was something he would like to see happen during the next 12 months.Cllr Phillips is single and has chosen fellow town councillor Val Elkins as his Mayoress for the forthcoming municipal year. His chosen charity is the Barnstaple Stroke support Group. Deputy mayoress is Cllr Roome's partner, Linda Lewis.