Barnstaple has chosen its new mayor for the coming year. Julie Hunt will become the Mayor of Barnstaple for 2016/17. The current deputy mayor, who represents Forches and Whiddon Valley, was selected as mayor-elect by fellow councillors at a town council meeting yesterday (Monday). Mrs Hunt will take over chairmanship of the council from Val Elkins, who has held the chains for two years. Former mayor Ian Roome will serve as deputy mayor. They will officially sworn in at a mayor making ceremony in May.