Civic leaders start work in Yate and Sodbury

June 30 2015

NEWLY appointed mayors have started their terms of office in Yate and Sodbury at the beginning of a new civic year.

NEWLY appointed mayors have started their terms of office in Yate and Sodbury at the beginning of a new civic year.
Paddy Smith has taken up the reins at Sodbury Town Council, while Tony Davis was voted into the role in Yate.
Councillor Smith said: “I am proud to have lived in historic Chipping Sodbury all my life. I am passionate about Old Sodbury and Chipping Sodbury and will do my best to fulfill my duties as mayor with the eight newly elected and existing councillors.
“We will work together with the community to enhance Chipping Sodbury and Old Sodbury further.”
Mr Smith is a long-standing member of Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club and also belongs to the never-sail-anywhere Chipping Sodbury Yacht Club. He has served on Chipping Sodbury Town Trust for 12 years and been a councillor for 13 years. He takes over the mayoral role from Wendy Whittle, who held the post for nearly three years and is now deputy mayor and the council’s vice-chairman for the coming year.
Councillor Davis said he was “deeply honoured” to be elected as mayor of Yate and gave a vote of thanks to outgoing mayor Wully Perks for his support of the town during his two-year term of office.
He also praised members of the community and local organisations for working “tirelessly” to safeguard what needed protecting and to improve services.
Mr Davis said: “I truly believe that Yate is a wonderful place to live. I am looking forward to the new cinema opening next year, something many residents have wanted for years.”
Yate’s deputy mayor is Councillor John Ford.