Tributes as Eileen (94) steps down

Joseph Bulmer

Tributes have been paid to a long-serving Mid Devon councillor who has stepped down.

Councillor Eileen Andrews represented Cullompton South as an independent member since 2007. A by-election will now be held for her successor.

The 94-year-old, who is a former mayor of the town, has resigned from her position due to ill health, according to chairman of the council Ray Radford (Conservative, Halberton).

Speaking at a full council meeting this week, Cllr Radford said: “She was a well-liked person and well respected, particularly well-respected in the Cullompton area.

“We will miss her, and we do wish her pretty good health for the future.”

Councillor Margaret Squires (Conservative, Sandford & Creedy) later added: “I always admired Mrs Andrews and how she looks after the people in her ward, and I’m sure we will miss her.”

Members of the council agreed to send Mrs Andrews a card and flowers, while the authority was also asked by Councillor Ashley Wilce (Independent, Cullompton North) to consider making her an honorary alderman.

The position of alderman is a ceremonial honour that doesn’t entitle holders to special privileges, but it does mean they can attend civic functions and council meetings without a vote.

Nominations can now be made for candidates for the Cullompton South seat until 4 p.m. on Friday 11 March. If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 7 April.

Forms to be a candidate can be obtained from the returning officer at Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PP or at elections@middevon.gov.uk

Mid Devon Council has also joined other local authority leaders across Devon to speak out in concern for the people of Ukraine and their families, following the Russian invasion.

Team Devon authorities, including Devon County and District Councils and the Devon Association of Local Councils, have pledged to work together to support Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the UK, and have each condemned Russia's actions.

They have agreed to give particular support to families in Devon whose relatives in Ukraine are fleeing the conflict.

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