New Town Mayor 2018/19
Published: 24 May 2018
We are delighted to announce that, at the annual council meeting held on
23 May 2018,
Cllr Stephen Murray was elected unanimously as the town mayor for 2018/19. Cllr
Chris Pond, in his nomination of Cllr Murray, referred to the inaugural meeting
of the then Loughton Parish Council held on 8 May 1996 in the Lopping
Hall. At that meeting,
Cllr Murray had been honoured to be elected as the first chairman of the new
his obvious leadership skills and experience as a teacher made him the ideal
candidate. These qualities would
continue to serve him well as our town mayor for the forthcoming year.
his election, Stephen thanked members for electing him and said "I regard
this as a great honour and I will certainly endeavour to carry out my civic
responsibilities to the very best of my abilities. There are some hard acts to follow – not
least Cllr Phillip Abraham who, in my view, has had an outstanding year as our
Town Mayor. I
have lived in our wonderful town for very nearly 60 years and chose to pursue
my teaching career in Loughton schools.
I have also had the privilege of serving our town as an elected
councillor for 36 years so I think I can safely say I know our town relatively
well. I am really looking forward to meeting
in the next 12 months as many community groups, schools, businesses and
volunteers as possible that make Loughton such a great place to live and work. I also intend to speak out for Loughton about
the key local issues such as the threats to Jessel Green and local bus services,
and the future of Epping Forest College and our retail centres.”
also paid tribute to the work of outgoing mayor, Cllr Philip Abraham,
commenting that, with his close connections with Kerala, he had raised the
profile of the town internationally.
Local organisations had remarked on his genuine warmth and the way he
performed his duties with good humour and enthusiasm. The Town Council owed Philip a great deal for
the exemplary way in which he had discharged his duties.
The new town mayor congratulated Councillor
Stella Murphy on her appointment as Deputy Town Mayor. Stella first joined the Council in 2016 to
represent The Broadway ward. In nominating her, Cllr Chris Pond described
Stella as very personable and business-like, an experienced charity worker for
the NSPCC who would be ideal in this role.