Re-Elected Chairman Recounts Year Of Transition For Council

Council Chairman Amanda Martin

Council Chairman Amanda Martin

The Council has experienced a year of transition. And this period of change is set to continue as the authority aims to increase performance, making savings and generate money.

That’s the message given to councillors last night by Amanda Martin as she was elected for a second year as the Council Chairman.

Mrs Martin was the sole nomination and all members voted for her except Marian Bennett, who abstained.

Gaz O’Neill was re-elected as Vice Chairman.

In her acceptance speech, Amanda spoke of the Council’s achievements over the last year, which include the appointment of a new Chief Executive and senior management team.

She highlighted the “glowing” report into Park House by the Care Quality Commission, the beach cleans and the waste management project at Moorwell.

And she outlined major projects underway, such as repairing storm damage, addressing transport issues and improving health provision.

Amanda says the Council is now more engaged with the community, partly through the public meetings held on each inhabited off-island.

But she said they needed to communicate better with their staff, especially during the consultation period as the Town hall is restructured.

She warned that there was still much to be done and called for everyone to “set aside their differences and work together.”

Amanda also formally thanked the outgoing Director of Community Services Penny Penn-Howard for her contribution to the Council.

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