A Christmas Message from The Mayor of Peacehaven, Cllr. Claude Cheta

Dear fellow Peacehaven Residents,

The clock is ticking above my head and each step forward is a step closer to the exciting time of Christmas.

I am eager to celebrate this time with you and say how grateful I feel to have served you this year.

2019 was a very important year for Peacehaven. In May, new Councillors were elected and brought to the town an important influx of fresh blood, a new mindset and a new approach to the way we behave and work.

With the appointment of new council staff, our operations and institutional effectiveness have significantly improved. Today, I can confidently say that in many areas, Peacehaven Town Council is in a much better position than it was a year ago.

To all Councillors, volunteers, community members and town council staff who have worked so hard in 2019, I want to say, “THANK YOU”.

I also want to share the hope of a fruitful and successful 2020.

The council is working hard to make youth services more available to Peacehaven. Climate Change has been declared an emergency and is being addressed more vigorously. Working with community partners such as the House Project and the Co-op, we are mobilising more financial resources to support local causes and charities in Peacehaven.

I look forward to the good things that will happen in Peacehaven in 2020 and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Your Mayor

Cllr Claude Cheta

The Role of the Mayor

The Mayor and, in his/her absence, the Deputy Mayor will have the following responsibilities: 

  • To chair council meetings;
  • To focus his/her activities on the communities of the town and, by focusing on the council’s priorities, strengthen its links between those local communities and the council;
  • To act as an enabler and ambassador by arranging meetings between the council and other parties for the benefit of the town, coordinated for them by the Civic & Marketing Officer.

The Mayor may call an extraordinary meeting of the council, subject to provisions in the council’s standing orders. If the Mayor fails or refuses to call an extraordinary meeting within 7 days after a request signed by 2 members of the Council, those 2 members may call an extraordinary meeting.

The Deputy Mayor only has a civic and legal status in the absence of the Mayor. It follows that invitations to a function should not be sent to (or solicited by) a Deputy Mayor. The Deputy Mayor should not attend functions in his/her own right but only when deputising for the Mayor. The Deputy Mayor does not wear his/her chain of office when the Mayor is attending the same function.

All invitations should be sent for consideration to the Mayor as First Citizen (via the Civic & Marketing Officer). If the Mayor cannot attend, it may be appropriate to pass on the invitation to the Deputy Mayor, at the discretion of the Civic and Marketing Officer.

If you would like to get in touch with the Mayor to arrange a visit or for him to attend an engagement please contact: Deborah Donovan, Civic Officer civicandmarketing@peacehaventowncouncil.gov.uk

The Chain of Office

The chain of office was designed and made by a local company (Studio Crafts) in 2003. Each of the links has an image of the Meridian Monument (also on the Town’s logo) engraved on it and, therefore, the chain of office is a unique piece of regalia.

The Mayor’s Charities

If the Mayor decides they wish to support a charity and/or local projects during their term of office, they should ensure that the charity is non-political, non-discriminatory and should benefit residents of the town. Monies must not be donated to profit making businesses established for that purpose.

Cllr. Cheta is supporting the following charities throughout his term of office:-

CTLA, Chillax, Kempton House Day Centre, Know Dementia