New mayor for Southend

Councillor Ron Woodley has been elected as the City of Southend’s 103rd Mayor at today’s full council meeting and takes over from Councillor Stephen Habermel.

In his acceptance speech, Cllr Woodley expressed his pride at being elected to the role of Mayor. He thanked outgoing Cllr Habermel, fellow councillors for endorsing him and the residents of Thorpe ward where he is an independent councillor.

He said: “I really am delighted to have this opportunity to become Mayor of our great city. I very much look forward to meeting the amazing range of voluntary and community organisations across Southend and helping to promote their hard work and dedication.”

Deputy Mayor for this year will be Cllr Nigel Folkard and his wife Marianne Folkard Deputy Mayoress.