• Melina Rauter

New Mayor welcomed by council

Updated: 4 days ago

Cllr Becky Haggar was elected Mayor of Hillingdon at the council's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 12.

New Mayor Cllr Becky Haggar, Picture Credit: Hillingdon Council

She succeeded retiring Mayor Cllr Roy Chamdal and Cllr Ahmad-Wallana was also named Deputy Mayor during the meeting.

Cllr Haggar has lived in Ruislip since she was two years old and has served as a councillor for the Eastcote and East Ruislip district since 2014. She has represented the new Eastcote ward since 2022. Mr Marios Kaikitis, her husband and Mayor's Consort, will accompany her, as will her daughters Pollyanna and Ellie May Haggar.

The Mayor will attend community events, performances, and exhibitions, as well as welcoming schools and community groups to the Mayor's Parlour and Council Chamber.

She commented: “I am excited about serving the community as Mayor of Hillingdon. I have always enjoyed getting involved in local initiatives and events and have a passion for charity work and helping others. I look forward to a busy and exciting year ahead, full of vibrant events such as marking the Queens Platinum Jubilee year.

“My aim is create new friendships and partnerships with residents, and highlight the fascinating history of this great borough, and how we all play a part in both its past and future.”

Cllr Haggar has embraced the lessons learned from her late husband's illness and passing to serve as the borough's Carers' Champion, enhancing services and fighting for carers rights. She has won multiple honours for her community efforts, including a British Airways medal and an Our Local Hero Award.

Retiring Mayor, Cllr Roy Chamdal, spoke of his time spent as Mayor of Hillingdon. He said: “I have enjoyed every event I got to attend this year. A definite perk has been attending all the various religious events in the borough. Celebrating individuals and organisations from Scout groups to our emergency services was also an honour and a privilege.

“It has been a wonderful year. I will now go back to running my business, but still plan to keep supporting my chosen charities. My thanks to everyone who has donated to them, it is very much appreciated.”

Cllr Ian Edwards, the Council Leader, was also elected for a four-year term, with Cllr Jonathan Bianco confirmed as his deputy and new Cabinet.

If you would like the Mayor to attend your activity, please call 01895 250763 or email mayor@hillingdon.gov.uk


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