(1) Councillor Regan - The Mayor reported on the death of Councillor David Regan, who had sadly passed away on 27 May 2018, and referred to Councillor Regan’s years of service, and roles on the Council.
As a mark of respect, Members stood and observed a short silence for Councillor Regan.
(2) Best of Darlington Awards 2018 – The Mayor reported on the Best of Darlington Awards, which had taken place on 18 May 2018, and informed Members of two employees of the authority who were amongst the Award recipients.
Lyndsey Robinson, Tenancy Enforcement Officer, was presented with the ‘Public Service Hero Award’, for her work tackling anti-social behaviour in Middleton St. George, and Lee Morris, Learning and Skills Employer Engagement Officer, was presented with the ‘Darlington Cares: Good Egg Award’ for his volunteer work with both Quakers Running Club and Darlington South Park parkrun.
The Mayor also reported that Ada Burns, former Chief Executive of the authority, received a special Chairman's Award, in recognition of her achievements.
(3) Councillor Heslop - The Mayor extended a warm welcome to Councillor Heslop, who was attending his first meeting of the Council since his election on 12 July 2018.