Mayor turns spotlight on wharf plans

Town council must take opportunity to scrutinise regeneration plans, says new mayor.

THE new Mayor of Bideford said scrutiny of plans for the regeneration of Brunswick Wharf would take special priority during his time in office.

Cllr Simon Inch was speaking about the year ahead at a special welcoming ceremony in the town hall on Thursday night.

He said: “The town council needs to make sure the wharf is developed in the right way for the town – we have only got one chance to do so.”

Cllr Inch also said he has looking forward to the eventual completion of Jubilee Square, as well as a resolution to the long-running debate over council meeting prayers.

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“I look forward to the day the prayers issue is resolved and they are brought back into the chamber as they were before,” he said.

He announced North Devon Hospice and the Bideford Area Club for Disabled Learners as his two chosen mayoral charities for the year.

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The ceremony also gave the town council the opportunity to honour local people for their contribution to the town.

Basil Pidgeon, who has been at the heart of many of Bideford’s community organisations for many years, was honoured with the Citizens’ Award.

Mr Chips won the award for best floral display by a retailer; Get Set Design won best Christmas lights display by a retailer; and Crabby Dick’s won the floral and Christmas lights awards for public houses.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Trevor John presented a cheque for �4,500 to Sharon Bates on behalf of the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.

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