Press release -

New Mayor Of Hailsham Elected

Councillor Kempe was co-opted onto the Town Council in 2006 and elected in 2007, representing Hailsham Central & North Ward. He has served on a number of committees, including Burials & Properties (of which he was chairman from February to May 2010), Festivities and the Planning Consultative Panel.


A furniture designer and maker by profession, Councillor Kempe is married to Carolyn, who is also a Town Councillor.  Carolyn will become Mayoress for Councillor Kempe’s term of office.


“It is a privilege and great honour to be elected to this position by my fellow members” says Councillor Kempe. “With the post comes the responsibility of acting as ambassador to the people of Hailsham, which I will undertake in a positive way and to the best of my abilities on behalf of all the residents.”


“During my year of office as the 21st Mayor of Hailsham, I look forward to the many opportunities to recognise, celebrate and support dedicated people working in the voluntary, business, education, and local government sectors.  I am at your disposal and if I can be of assistance to you in any way, please contact the Town Council Offices.”


Handing over the role of Town Mayor to Councillor Kempe, the retiring Mayor, Councillor Dr Ian Haffenden said, "I wish Councillor Kempe every success in his new role as Mayor.  Residents can rest assured that Hailsham is in very safe hands.”


Councillor Bryan Burchmore, who represents Hailsham South & West Ward, was elected as Deputy Mayor and Vice-Chairman, and will also take on the role of chairman of the Finance, Policy & Resources Committee. Councillor John Puttick was voted in as chairman of the Environment & Leisure Committee, and Councillor Paul Holbrook as chairman of the Burials & Properties Committee. Councillor Bill Crittenden takes over as chairman of the Planning Consultative Panel.

For all enquiries relating to this press release, contact:

Terry Hall, Hailsham Town Council


Market Street


East Sussex

BN27 2AE

United Kingdom


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