Chairman appointed at first Cranbrook Town Council meeting; three more councillors sought

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:28 29 May 2015

Cranbrook's town councillors and VIPs gathered before the council's inaugural meeting, celebrating the occasion with a special cake. Photo: Paul Strange.

Cranbrook's town councillors and VIPs gathered before the council's inaugural meeting, celebrating the occasion with a special cake. Photo: Paul Strange.


Cranbrook now has its own town council. It is apolitical in nature.

One of the new council’s key roles will be to act in an advisory capacity to East Devon District Council over planning and other matters.

At a historic first meeting, presided over by Mark Williams, chief executive of EDDC, East Devon’s first new town council for many years was created.

Cranbrook’s councillors were introduced, a chairman and vice chairman were elected, essential documentation was signed, codes of conduct adopted, an acting town clerk and responsible financial officer appointed, various committees set up and initial financial matters outlined.

The agenda, as Mr Williams explained as the meeting began, was “very much about getting the show on the road”.

He introduced the nine councillors, who were elected to council last month unopposed because there were fewer prospective candidates than the 12 seats available.

They are: Kevin Blakey, Kim Bloxham, Nigel Grimshire, Sarah Gunn, Maria Hale, Karen Jennings, Nick Partridge, Phil Tucker and Shaun West. All are Cranbrook residents.

Kevin Blakey, 60, semi-retired, was elected chairman. He holds the position for 12 months. Shaun West was elected deputy chairman.

There are still three councillor vacancies. Cranbrook Town Council would like to hear from prospective candidates no later than Wednesday, June 3.

If you’re interested and wish to know more, contact the Acting Clerk for Cranbrook Town Council, c/o Hannah Whitfield, Democratic Services, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth EX10 8HL or via email to


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