It was noted that this would be the last meeting of the Council before the Municipal Election to be held on Thursday 2nd May, 2019. It would, therefore, be the final meeting to be attended by several Members prior to their retirement from the Council.
The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrews BEM paid tribute to the following Members for their hard work to the Council and the local community they represented:-
· Councillor Clements
· Councillor Hampson
· Councillor Burgess
· Councillor Miller
The Mayor presented Councillors Clements, Hampson, Burgess and Miller, the only retiring Members present at the meeting, with a glass bowl.
Tributes were also given to
· Councillor Sixsmith MBE and
· Councillor R Wraith
who were also retiring but who were not in attendance. Councillors Sixsmith MBE and R Wraith would be presented with a glass bowl at a later date.
The Mayor and Deputy Leader of the Council wished the Members well for the future.
Several other Members of the Council added their own thanks and best wishes to the retiring Members.
Councillors Burgess, Clements and Miller responded and thanked both Members and Officers for their help and support they received whilst being Members of the Council.