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The new chairman of Burntwood Town Council says she is keen to see equality in action going forward.
Cllr Diane Evans was elected to the post at the annual meeting of the council last week.
The Labour councillor said she was keen to ensure the council is an inclusive organisation.
“The important aim of all of us sitting around this table is to do our best for Burntwood and to ensure that during the next four years we make a difference for all residents,” she said.
“To do this, I hope to see all of us showing respect for each other and remembering that we are all equal – nobody is more important or superior than anybody else.
“I sincerely hope an air of co-operation will exist between us.
“We will not always agree of course, but sensible discussion is healthy, so I hope you will agree with these sentiments – start as we mean to go on.”
Cllr Evans was nominated by Labour group leader Cllr Sue Woodward.
“My friend and colleague has a great deal of experience as a councillor, having first been elected in 1981, and a great deal of experience in chairmanship, not least as the Chair of the Governing Bodies at Chase Terrace Primary School and Chase Terrace Technology College,” Cllr Woodward said.
“She is very much involved in the community and will be scrupulously fair in chairing our meetings.
“As a former Justice of the Peace, she is very much aware of the code of conduct and other regulations we must abide by and will always do what’s right.
“Above all, she is well-respected by Councillor colleagues across the political divide and I know she will be an excellent ambassador for our town.”