Councillor Jill Long, who represents the Courtwick with Toddington Ward, became First Citizen on the 12 May 2022. The new Mayor succeeds Councillor Michelle Molloy.
Speaking in a video released online addressing residents, the new Mayor said: “I am honoured and excited to have been elected as the new Town Mayor of Littlehampton. I have lived in the Littlehampton area for over 30 years, originally drawn here by a welcoming, friendly and passionate community. This is a diverse and interesting Town, with its challenges, certainly, but also offers opportunities and strengths.”
The Town Mayor has been involved with local Scouts for the last ten years and has seen first-hand how Scouting helps young people learn new skills and achieve their best. Acknowledging the struggles faced by charities such as Scout Groups, the Mayor has chosen the Arundel & Littlehampton District Scouts, specifically their campsite, as her charity for the year. The Mayor said: “The campsite’s woodland facility serves ten Scout Groups across the area, three of which are to be found in Littlehampton, as well as other youth-based organisations. As life starts to blossom again, the campsite needs to upgrade its shower and loo facilities to accommodate the increasing number of youngsters wanting to enjoy the outdoors.”
The Town Mayor added: “The year ahead will offer me many new experiences and opportunities as we start to move ahead following the last two years overshadowed by Covid. I will endeavour to embrace and carry out all the duties and events always with the best interests of our community and Town at the core of it. I and my Town Councillor colleagues are here to help and to listen, so do contact us if you feel we can help.”
The Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months and Mayor Elect is Councillor Freddie Tandy who also represents the Courtwick with Toddington Ward.