New mayor to make history

Councillor David Foster voted mayor-elect for Honiton.

Honitonian David Foster is to become the town’s youngest ever mayor.

The 35-year-old nursing home worker was unanimously voted mayor-elect at Honiton Town Council’s annual meeting on Monday night and will replace three-times mayor Councillor Vernon Whitlock.

Town councillor and East Devon District Council chairman Councillor Peter Halse will be taking on the role of deputy mayor.

Mr Foster, a married father of five, said: “I am excited and looking forward to the year ahead, especially with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

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“I hope to bring both energy and enthusiasm to the role.”

He also told the Midweek Herald that he aims to bring strong leadership and resolve to the council during his term of office.

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Mr Foster has been on the council for three years, joining in February 2009.

During that time he has represented both St Paul’s and St Michael’s wards.

He added: “I hope the town council can finally bring the community centre to the town and put the issue of allotments to rest.

“Those will be the two main issues for me.

“I will also be looking to encourage East Devon District Council to relocate to Honiton as well as encouraging the continued growth of the town and our street market.”

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