A CLEANER town, initiatives for tourism and regeneration, more and better paid jobs and affordable housing are all on the wish list of Bideford s new mayor Cllr Caroline Church. Taking office at the official mayor-making ceremony, Mrs Church said: My ho

A CLEANER town, initiatives for tourism and regeneration, more and better paid jobs and affordable housing are all on the wish list of Bideford's new mayor Cllr Caroline Church.Taking office at the official mayor-making ceremony, Mrs Church said: "My hopes and aims for the forthcoming year are numerous. I would pursue the proposals already put forward for a cleaner town, including an enforcement officer. I would help and encourage initiatives for tourism and regeneration in our area and highlight what is best and unique about our historic town."We need jobs, better paid jobs, affordable housing for our young families and regeneration of brown field sites. We need to become more of a caring community and look out for each other."With our excellent team of councillors and staff I hope we can make a real difference to the lives of our residents."As her charities for the year the Mayor has chosen Families In Grief, a local charity set up two years ago to help support bereaved children, and a charity to support soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retiring mayor Cllr David Ratcliffe remarked on an "exceptional" year.He said: "Many invitations to our local organisations were accepted and proved that a lot of hard work goes on within our community for all age groups and for sections of our local society which are in need of support during difficult times. I would like to thank and commend those who work so hard for no financial reward. Putting something back into the community is, after all, what life is about."He recounted celebrations for the 30th anniversary of twinning with the French town of Landivisiau and said strengthening historic links with North Carolina had opened up new opportunities and could play a significant role in Bideford's future regeneration.Cllr Andy Powell was elected as deputy mayor for the coming year.