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It has been a hectic start

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Farnham Voice by Councillor John Neale. Published in the Farnham Herald on 15 August 2019.

It’s been a hectic few weeks since the local elections in May with a new town council, with nine returning and nine new councillors making up the new administration. 

Those of us who are new have had a lot of learning and familiarisation to contend with.

Fortunately, we are supported by a superb team of permanent staff headed by the town clerk, Iain Lynch, who give excellent guidance and support along the way. 

We have now held three full council meetings and numerous working group meetings to cover all the subjects the town council is responsible for. 

The second council meeting on June 27 saw in the ceremonial installation of the new mayor, Councillor Pat Evans, and the deputy mayor, councillor Alan Earwaker. 

You will be seeing the mayor and deputy mayor at numerous local events during the year. 

We also made a start on various business items, updating the members (councillors) and the public attendees on the progress of the local Neighbourhood Plan. 

We will tell you more about the activities of the council over coming weeks through this column and, of course, you will find further coverage throughout the Herald, our website and other media channels. 

The Farnham Herald has offered to run this column on a regular basis so we can keep in touch with the community through your local paper. 

Please keep an eye on the paper so we can keep you informed and so you know when we are looking for your inputs to our work. 

One of the key objectives of the new council is to find new ways to keep in touch with our new citizens. 

We will be announcing new channels, better use of social media and other methods over the next few weeks. 

We want especially, to find new ways to reach the younger generations and those of you who are busy with work and families. 

We know many of you have little spare time to get involved with council affairs, and yet it is still our objective to make sur your voices are heard. By doing this we hope to make sure the council serves all members of our community. 

That’s all for now. There will be many other topics we will cover as the weeks go by so keep checking. 

The frequency of the articles will depend on when we have topics to discuss. We will also post all these messages on our website so you can refer back to past issues as time goes by. 

Don’t forget the many events we are organising over the summer, many in Gostrey Meadow. You will often find councillors attending these events – a great opportunity to come and say hello!

By Councillor John Neale, Leader, Farnham Town Council Published in the Farnham Herald on 15 August 2019

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