Adur’s New Chairman promises to support local businesses

Released: Friday, 21 May 2021

Adur’s new chairman has vowed to highlight local businesses and ‘fantastic’ markets, in serving the area’s residents for the next year in office.

Cllr Stephen Chipp, who represents Southwick Green, was officially confirmed in the role at the local authority's annual meeting this week (Thursday, 20th May 2021)

As first citizen of the District, Cllr Chipp - who is a Director of a Letting and Managing Agent - will represent the Council at community and civic events for the next year.

Cllr Chipps focus for the next year will be representing the communities of Adur while raising funds for his chosen charity, Esteem in Shoreham, who offer services such as mentoring to 16 to 24 year olds - something that he felt was important following the COVID pandemic.

After donning the ceremonial chain for the first time, the married father of two who’s been in Adur for 15 years, said he feels very privileged to represent the District.

He said:

“I am incredibly proud to have been elected as Chairman of Adur District. It’s a strange title being the 'first' citizen of Adur and I just hope to honour the position accordingly.”

“It's been an incredibly challenging year for all and I know, from my own ward, that our smaller businesses have really been there for us during the pandemic and I want to urge the residents of Adur to support your local businesses in return.”

Cllr Chipp first became a Councillor in December 2014, and says his favourite spot in Adur is probably Southwick Hill on the Downs where he has walked his dog, a Hungarian Vizsla called Poppy, every morning for the past 11 years.

He believes Adur is a very special place, adding:

“Beaches to the south and beautiful countryside to the north; we have access to bigger towns and cities but have the more friendly community feel of a smaller district.

“The people in the past year have shown what a special place it is with the numerous support groups set up for the only purpose of helping others.”

Cllr Chipp takes over the civic chains from Cllr Andy McGregor, who was praised for providing meals to Worthing Hospital staff and delivering medical supplies to people stuck at home during the first national coronavirus lockdown.

Cllr McGregor said:

"I know I am being followed by a superb chairman who will serve our communities to the best of his ability."

Cllr Ann Bridges, who represents Widewater in Lancing will serve as Vice Chairman for the coming year.

Photo: The new Chairman of Adur, Cllr Stephen Chipp, pictured outside The Shoreham Centre

PR21-076 - Cllr Stephen Chipp

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