Mayor Tame re-elected for second term

Bude-Stratton Town Council has re-elected Mayor Amanda Tame for a second term in office, in a unanimous decision taken at last night’s Full Council Meeting. The Council also elected Cllr Simon Bellamy as Deputy Mayor.

“Thank you for having given me this opportunity over the last year,” Mayor Tame said. “I have learned so much and slept so little! That said, I would very much like to be re-elected as Mayor this coming year – things are turning a corner and, now that the groundworks in the changes to processes and the grants policy, for example, have been laid, this coming year could be truly amazing.”

Prior to the pandemic and her subsequent involvement in local Council, Mayor Tame was a Plumbing and Heating engineer who ran her own business locally. “I strongly believe in breaking away from the expected and in opening up roles like this to ‘normal’ people like me – because everyone has something to bring to the table, we just need to offer that seat,” she said.

“As a woman, a mother of young children, as someone who hasn’t been able to afford to buy their own home yet, and as someone who has a genuine concern for what’s happening in our community, I’d feel truly honoured to be that voice as Mayor for another year,” Amanda added.

Both the Mayor and new Deputy Mayor Simon Bellamy thanked the outgoing Deputy Mayor Simon Browning for his contribution over the last year. Deputy Mayor Bellamy said: “Simon has done an excellent job over the past year in helping Amanda. The Council has started to make some good changes and work better together and I’d like to do what I can to continue that, offering the Mayor and Lead Cllrs more public facing support from another figure.”

The Council also voted in its new Committees (Planning, Staffing and Oversight). Full details of the new committee members can be found on the BSTC website.