New councillors bring Cranbrook Town Council up to full strength

PUBLISHED: 06:55 15 January 2018

Cllr Sam Hawkins. Picture: Contributed.

Cllr Sam Hawkins. Picture: Contributed.

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Three new councillors have joined Cranbrook Town Council (CTC).

Cllr Barry Rogers. Picture: Contributed. Cllr Barry Rogers. Picture: Contributed.

It’s the first time ‘in quite a while’ that the council has been at full strength, with 12 councillors.

Cllr Sam Hawkins was co-opted at CTC’s November 20 meeting. He grew up in Exeter, attended university in Bristol and moved to Cranbrook in 2016. He works in the business recovery and insolvency department of a local firm of chartered accountants. “I joined CTC to be able to have an active part in the town’s future, helping it to grow and thrive,” said Sam.

Cllr Barry Rogers – who’s lived in Cranbrook for two and a half years – was co-opted at CTC’s December 18 meeting. He’s recently retired from the petroleum industry. “Throughout my working career, I’ve tried to balance the necessity for industry and employment with the needs of the local communities,” he said. “Now retired, I believe I can bring a reflective and mature view to the council’s considerations.”

Cllr Sarah Gunn was co-opted at CTC’s meeting on December 18. Sarah – who moved to Cranbrook in 2014 – works for a local charity. One of the original members of CTC, appointed in May 2015, she stood down last January due to family issues. She believes that Cranbrook ‘can be a town renowned for innovation and a fantastic, inclusive and vibrant place to live and work’. She says she’s ‘proud to be part of a modern, engaged and energetic council’.

Cllr Sarah Gunn. Picture: Contributed. Cllr Sarah Gunn. Picture: Contributed.

“I’m delighted to welcome all three of our new councillors to the town council,” said Kevin Blakey, CTC’s chairman. “We now have a full complement of 12 councillors for the first time in quite a while. Sam brings financial experience and knowledge, while Barry brings a wealth of experience gained in international business. Sarah has returned to the council after a break and her previous experience will be invaluable.

“I have no doubt that all three will make significant contributions to the ever-increasing workload. 2018 will be a busy year for us, and it is pleasing that we now have a full membership of capable councillors to share the responsibilities. I wish our newest members well in their endeavours.”

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