Castle Point Borough Council’s new Mayor has been sworn in for the coming municipal year.
At a meeting of Council on Wednesday (May 17th), Cllr Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert took up the chain of office from outgoing Mayor Martin Tucker.
Cllr Barry Campagna was appointed Deputy Mayor.
Thanking councillors for her appointment, Mayor McCarthy-Calvert said she was looking forward to a “busy and exciting” year in office.
She said: “I am honoured to accept the nomination as Mayor of Castle Point and I am looking forward to visiting the many and varied community organisations within our Borough and representing Castle Point outside the Borough.”
Mayor McCarthy -Calvert added that she planned to raise funds for a range of local charities during her term of office.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Warren Gibson, moved a vote of thanks to outgoing Mayor Martin Tucker. He congratulated Mr Tucker on an “outstanding year”.
He said: “You, and Dawn, sadly our late departed Mayoress, were an outstanding team. You presided over not only local but national events of huge significance.
“You made good on your wish to get the schools together for the Christmas charity concert and your civic charity dinner was a very happy occasion enjoyed by all. These occasions, and others, raised thousands to benefit local charities.
“You have also revived the Mayor’s business and community awards.
“Martin, you have served your community well.”
In response Mr Tucker thanked councillors for giving him “the honour and privilege of being your Mayor.”
Mayor McCarthy-Calvert is originally from Canvey Island. She is a qualified psychotherapist and has lived in Benfleet for the past 14 years.
She has four school-aged children and has served as councillor for Appleton Ward since 2022.