Councillor Christine Brett has been elected Chair of Lewes District Council for 2021/22 at a meeting of Annual Council on twenty – seventh of May. Councillor Brett is a Liberal Democrat councillor for the Seaford South ward and served as Vice-Chair during 2020/21.
The outgoing Chair, Councillor Adrian Ross, was elected as Vice-Chair. Councillor Ross is a Green Party councillor for the Lewes Bridge ward.
Councillor Christine Brett said:
“I am truly honoured to have been elected Chair of Lewes District Council and look forward greatly to supporting the district in every way I can, particularly as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Councillor Adrian Ross for the way he has responded to the challenges of the last 12 months while Chair and for the huge amount he has achieved for the benefit of so many. I am delighted that he will continue within the office having been elected Vice-Chair of the Council.”
Even though his term of office was delayed due to the covid pandemic, taking up the role from July 2020, Councillor Ross was still able to carry out 33 events, supporting his theme of office, ‘A Green Recovery, Environmental Action and a Fair Society’. Donations were made to local projects, including £500 to Green United and £250 to Diversity Lewes.
Councillor Brett has chosen ‘improving food security’ as her theme of office and will be supporting groups that help make the district a place where healthy food is more accessible for all.
Councillor Brett added:
“During the last 14 months I have become increasingly aware of the vulnerability of many of our residents to food insecurity. I believe it is essential that we build our resilience as a community over the coming years if we want to weather the storm of potentially deepening inequality, climate breakdown and the uncertainties caused by leaving the EU