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Mayor of Gillingham Roger Weeks.

Councillor Roger Weeks has been elected as Gillingham’s new mayor for the coming year.

Councillor Weeks, who was deputy mayor last year, was voted in unopposed by fellow councillors at the town’s annual council meeting on Monday evening.

Speaking before his election, Councillor Weeks outlined his time as a volunteer in the town and as a councillor, highlighting his work on planning issues. ‘I was on the planning committee helping to fight for the right development in the right place,’ he told fellow councillors.

The new deputy mayor for 2024-2025 will be Councillor Fiona Cullen. She was elected by a majority of councillors in a contest with Councillor Paul Harris and Councillor Donna Toye.

Addressing fellow councillors, Councillor Cullen said: ‘Part of the reason why I want to be deputy mayor is to try and strengthen connections with our community and help people to understand how they have a voice and how they can connect with us.’Fiona Cullen

The elections for mayor and deputy mayor followed the recent local elections in which a number of new faces joined the town council. These are Councillors Graham Campbell, Michael Gallop,  Barbara Hurst and Anna Marsh.

Among councillors standing down at those elections were veteran figure Valerie Pothecary, though she remains a councillor on Dorset Council, and former mayor David Walsh.

The full list of town councilors can be found on Gillingham Town Council’s website.

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