Meet the new councillors representing Bungay following spate of departures
PUBLISHED: 15:39 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:16 16 October 2018
New councillors have been appointed to a new-look Bungay Town Council following a spate of departures in the last year.
Lizzie Samkin, Skydi Thompson and Rob Marshall have all joined the councill following uncontested elections.
The council was plagued by controversy earlier this year when leaked emails showed Cllr Bob Prior and now-deputy mayor Sue Collins criticising the council clerk and labelling him as Blackadder character Baldrick.
Ms Collins said: “By joining the council through recent uncontested elections, our three newest members have not only brought the council up to full strength but have simultaneously helped redress the gender balance and lower the average age by a significant measure.
“Their energy, youthful perspective and enthusiasm has been warmly welcomed by all as the council moves towards a more balanced representation of the people it was elected to serve.
“Some may have already began to notice the council is more public facing, accessible and responsive to residents.
“There can be no doubt Bungay Town Council is changing.”
The council has recently moved into a property at Broad Street, which will be open to the public from 10am until 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Ms Samkin, who has joined the Highways and Transport and Grounds, Premises and Amenities committees, said: “Having grown up in Bungay and moved back here to bring up my family, I am grateful for the opportunity to help improve the town for families and young people.”
After joining Highways and Transport and Planning and Environment committees, Cllr Thompson said: “I feel these are important areas regarding how the town changes and grows.
“I would like us to strive to be more eco-conscious and give young people a voice in deciding the future of their town.”
The pair are joined by Mr Marshall, who will sit on the Communications and Planning and Environment committees. He said: “I joined to try and make a positive difference to the town. These committees are important to ensure there is two-way communication between the council and those who live and work in Bungay, and to consider environment issues which is a particular passion of mine.”