At the AGM of Woodbridge Town Council on Tuesday 14th May 2019, Councillor Eamonn O'Nolan was elected Mayor of Woodbridge for the Civic Year 2019-20.
“I am delighted to become the new Mayor of Woodbridge. I moved here because I fell in love with the town and the wonderful countryside which surrounds it. As a passionate campaigner for the environment, I intend to spend my time as Mayor introducing measures which will hopefully enable the town to begin the task of preserving the habitat in which we live.
The first of these initiatives will be the declaration of a Climate Emergency in Woodbridge. The facts are indisputable – we face a disaster in our own lifetimes, and I hope and expect that the people of Woodbridge will support us as we start the process.
Now is a great time to start a Youth Forum in Woodbridge. Greta Thunberg and others have shown us that young people, if given a voice, can make an important contribution to their local and national community, and help us as a Council to make better decisions.
A Neighbourhood Plan is also something in which I am keenly interested. In Woodbridge, a Neighbourhood Plan will enable us all to define the kind of town we wish to live in. We can specify the type of housing the town needs, where we wish to build it, and the kind of shops, offices and other developments we want. We can even influence what the new buildings will look like. We can also protect the green spaces in the town, which are becoming more vital to our survival. “
Eamonn was born in Dublin, worked throughout the world, and retired to Woodbridge. He is married to Catherine, who has herself just been elected to the Town Council. They share seven children, and their lives are busy ones. Eamonn has been a Community First Responder in Woodbridge for three years. He and Catherine have a passion for sailing, and if they’re not drifting down the Deben, they’ll be walking their dog Luna, in a forest or on a nearby beach.
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The Deputy Mayor for the Civic Year 2019/20 is Councillor Sue Bale.
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