New mayor and deputy selected for RushmoorBy Tim Harris
February 01, 2013
THE identity of the next mayor and deputy mayor of Rushmoor has been agreed by unanimous selection.
Current deputy mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Terry Bridgeman will become the new mayor of the borough in May, with Cllr Diane Bedford joining him as deputy mayor.
The selection was made by Rushmoor Borough Council’s licensing committee on January 28.
Cllr Bridgeman, who represents the Aldershot Park ward, said: “I am pleased, it is very welcome of course. It is quite an honour for me – it is real pride.
“I think my family are quite pleased as well. If my parents were still alive they would be very proud of me.”
He said he was looking forward to becoming mayor and that he ‘cannot wait for it to start’.
Cllr Bridgeman has served as deputy mayor of Rushmoor under the current mayor, Peter Crerar, since last May.
“I have enjoyed my time as deputy mayor,” continued Cllr Bridgeman. “I have been busy – I have been to lots of interesting events and met lots of interesting people.
“I hope I can carry on this tradition of many fine mayors we have had in the past. I hope I can be a credit to the borough.”
One of the criteria for the Rushmoor mayoral positions states that ‘the offices of mayor and deputy mayor must at all times be apolitical’.
While the new selection will see Conservative councillor Bedford as deputy mayor, joining forces with a Labour councillor as mayor of the borough, she underlined how political differences will be put to one side.
Cllr Bedford, who represents Farnborough’s St Mark’s ward, said: “I think we can work well together, I hope we will complement each other and work together for the benefit of Rushmoor.
“I am really pleased to have been selected. I am really looking forward to it.
“I am delighted and I hope I will do a good job, not just for my residents in St Mark’s, but for the residents across the whole of Rushmoor.
“It is important that I am there for the people.”
Cllr Martin Tennant, chairman of the council committee which confirmed the selection, described how it was ‘very pleased with the choices’.
“Cllr Bridgeman has done a very good job as deputy mayor, he has attended lots of appointments and represented the borough very well,” said Cllr Tennant.
“Cllr Bedford is a cabinet member and is well liked within the community and the council. It was unanimous and there was no debate. The position of mayor is a really important one, it makes a difference to lots of people and organisations within the borough.
“It is a valuable position to engage with the people – it is very positive and good for the community.”