At its Annual Meeting on 16 May 2019, the Town Council welcomed James Jenkins to the office as Young Mayor of Seaford for the 2019-2020 Municipal Year. Supporting James is Deputy Young Mayor, Chanel Pritchard (both pictured above).
For further information on the role please download our Young Mayor’s Handbook.
James has announced that with the support of his Deputy, Chanel, he will be looking to find ways to assist Seaford in becoming eco-friendly, working to support initiatives already in place, starting up and new, to help tackle climate change.
The previous Young Mayor, Dominic Avey raised over £1000 for the Arts Department at Seaford Head School through fundraising such as fashion shows and quizzes – Dominic and the Town Council are very grateful for all of the support from members of the public and businesses in raising this money.
Role of Young Mayor
The Young Mayor is a position held for one Municipal year (May to May) with the aim of representing the views of young people in Seaford, to Seaford Town Council.
The Young Mayor is supported by a Deputy Young Mayor, who is elected annually prior to the Annual Meeting of the Council in May, during which the previous Deputy is sworn in as Young Mayor for the forthcoming year.
The Young Mayor, and Deputy, are invited to take part in the Civic events and occasions, some alongside the Mayor of Seaford and others representing the Mayor. The Young Mayor is also invited to give talks or speeches where possible, to help build a relationship with the people of Seaford and increase their profile.
Seaford has its own Youth Task Group and Youth Forum which is based at the Youth Centre on Mercread Road. Both hold meetings throughout the year. The Council has a Councillor that attends the meetings as a representative but the Young Mayor ought to also attend these meetings where possible to enable them to truly represent the youth of Seaford.
There are also Management Committee meetings for The Base youth facility situated on the Salts Recreation Ground which it would be beneficial for the Young Mayor to attend.
The Deputy is also encouraged to attend these meetings to support the Young Mayor and prepare themselves for the following year when they take on the role of Young Mayor.
Past Young Mayors
In 2009 Seaford became the first town in the South East of the country to elect a Young Mayor. The scheme was set up by the Council in partnership with Seaford Head Community College, with past Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Carolyn Lambert, working closely with the school and youth of the town to get the scheme up and running.
2018/19 Dominic Avey
2017/18 Thomas Exley
2016/17 Jessica Batchelor
2015/16 Gabrielle Edwards
2014/15 Millie Hemsley
2013/14 Georgia Colyer
2012/13 Amy Gough
2011/12 Maddie Jay
2010/11 Ellie Homan
2009/10 Oscar Hardy