Outgoing mayor's 'privilege' to serve the town council
PUBLISHED: 13:53 28 May 2019
In his latest column, outgoing mayor Jeff Trail has spoken of the honour he has felt to serve as chairman of the town council for the last 12 months
He said: "I have had the honour, privilege and pleasure to serve the town council as its chairman and to serve the residents of Exmouth as its mayor during the past year. I have been ably supported by my wife Sue and deputy mayor Bruce De Saram and town crier Roger.
"We have worked hard for residents, businesses and visitors. This was achieved, in Royal Marine fashion, by leading from the front, talking to people and reacting to views.
"Businesses have contributed, as their knowledge, experience and encouraging support has provided much-needed employment, finance and business, which is key to the success of Exmouth.
"We have brought together Devon County, East Devon District and Exmouth Town councils regarding street maintenance. Our army of volunteers has contributed to improve Exmouth's appearance, and it has been recognised as one of six improving and up-and-coming seaside towns in the UK.
"Sue and I have attended 149 events, presentations and community meetings. We have raised £8,090, which has been equally shared between SSAFA and Royal Marines charities, who provide assistance to our serving and veteran members and families of our armed forces.
"As chairman of the town council, I have worked hard, across party lines, to agree its annual budget (including the precept), CCTV acquisition, the Neighbourhood Plan and other town projects. I hope this continues for the benefit of all.
"What of the future for me? As one of three Devon county councillors within Exmouth Rural and Coastal divisions, I will endeavour to continue to provide assistance and support locally.
"My sincere thanks to Sue, family and friends, councillors and town staff and, importantly, the groups and communities that have supported me."