A NEW mayor of Weymouth has been elected.

A new mayor of Weymouth Town Council was appointed at the council's annual meeting on Wednesday, May 11. Councillor Ann Weaving, who served as deputy mayor this year, will replace Cllr Colin Huckle, and Cllr Tia Roos has been appointed to be the new deputy mayor.

During the meeting, outgoing mayor Cllr Colin Huckle was thanked for all his work in the role over the previous year by the incoming mayor. Through the mayor’s Christmas Fund, supported by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club, £700 was given out to local community and voluntary groups during Colin’s time as mayor. He thanked council staff, councillors, and his chaplain Rev. Deacon Geoffrey Carey for their support over the past 12 months.

New mayor Cllr Weaving, who lives in Littlemoor, moved to the area from Woolwich, London 27 years ago after falling in love with Weymouth.

She said: “I’m delighted to be welcomed as the new Mayor of Weymouth, having served as the deputy over the previous year. It’s going to be a busy time, and I am really looking forward to meeting lots more people who live, work, and visit Weymouth, as well as attending a diverse range of community and civic events.”

Both Cllr Huckle and Cllr Weaving will both be at a Mayor’s Community Picnic which is being held at Lodmoor Country Park this Sunday, May 15.

Several other elections took place on the night. Cllr David Harris was re-elected as council leader, with Cllr Kate Wheller elected as deputy leader.

Champions were also elected at the meeting, including Cllr Gill Taylor as a community champion, and Cllr Christine James as Armed Forces champion.

The following councillors were elected to serve as committee chairs: Cllr Ryan Hope was re-elected as Chair of Services Committee, Cllr David Gray was re-elected as Chair of Finance & Governance Committee, and Cllr Kate Wheller was elected as Chair of the HR Committee.

Cllr Peter Dickenson was re-elected as Chair of the Planning & Licensing Committee, and Cllr Howard Legg was elected as Chair of the Appeals Committee.

Cllr Weaving will hold the position until May 2023 when the council will elect a new mayor.