Ilfracombe Mayor takes second turn in hot seat

Lynda Courtnadge is installed into office at the annual meeting of the council.

THE new Mayor of Ilfracombe is looking forward to leading the town for a second time.

Councillor Lynda Courtnadge was formally installed into office on Monday night at the annual meeting of the council, taking up the reins from outgoing mayor Cllr Rod Donovan.

Peter Rawle took up the post of deputy mayor, following on from John Swan.

In his parting speech, Mr Donovan said it had been “an interesting year” with the town becoming a pilot for the Government’s Neighbourhood Community Budgets initiative which should enable it to take more control of its destiny by managing or commissioning local services.

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He thanked everyone for their support during his past year as mayor.

Mrs Courtnadge stood as mayor in 2005 and is looking forward to what could be a busy year. Together with husband Richard she runs Westaway Villa holiday accommodation at Torrs Park.

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“Thank you to Rod for his successful year and all the work he has done behind the scenes to promote the town and its regeneration,” she said.

“Thanks also to all the council staff plus Geoff Hills for continuing as chaplain and Richard for all his support.”

She said she was please to see the amount of private investment in Ilfracombe, with the almost-finished McCarthy and Stone complex at the former Cliffe Hydro plus the new Wetherspoons planned for the seafront.

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