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HONITON: Mayor: keep personalities out of it

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Honiton’s mayor has urged town councillors to keep “personalities” out of debates, after what he described as “stormy times” during the previous session. The Mayor, Councillor Peter Halse, was chairing his first meeting as council leader last week when he made the comments, asking members to show “respect” for each other. Addressing the meeting, Councillor Halse said: “I hope that we can work together as a team better than we did in the last session. “We all have good points we can bring to the table and we must learn how to work together so we can take into account others’ comments in order to modify our own. “I hope we do not descend into personalities because that does spoil the quality of our debate.” Councillor Halse, who has served as a town councillor for more than 30 years, succeeded David Foster as first citizen last month. An experienced county and district councillor, Councillor Halse recently said he found the town council format to be the “best forum for debate”, and was looking forward to many “heated discussions” over the year ahead. He added: “Our former mayor David Foster led us through some stormy times and we shall all miss his cheerful presence. “Next year will be a very important year in the life of this council. We have had wonderful success and our duty now is to work together to see that continue. Moving forward we must have respect for each other - I cannot do anything without all your support.”

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