New mayor takes to the driving seat

PUBLISHED: 12:11 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 25 August 2010

A DRIVING examiner who wants to promote community cohesion has become the 47th mayor of the borough.

A DRIVING examiner who wants to promote community cohesion has become the 47th mayor of the borough.

Val Clark, who represents Falconwood and Welling ward, became Moyor of Bexley last Wednesday and is the 71st person to hold the title since the old Borough of Bexley received its Charter in 1937.

Ms Clark became a Bexley councillor in the former Christchurch Ward in 1990 where she served for four years.

She said: "I want to help our children in the borough. They are our future. I also want to promote community cohesion in Bexley.

"So many people, irrespective of their background, have much to offer.

"We are all facing these challenging times together and I want to help and encourage our citizens to work together, to help each other and to be able to look after themselves."

In 1994, she took up the challenges of serving as Chairman of the Police Liaison Committee and the Sector Working Group, where she organised a petition of over 37,000 signatures for more police officers for Bexleyheath. This remains the largest ever petition raised in our borough.

On leaving school, she joined the Woolwich Equitable Building Society, and later at Nortons motorcycle manufacturers in Woolwich.

In 1975 she became a driving instructor, eventually running her own driving school and then becoming a driving examiner.

She has appointed her son Jason Clark as her escort for the year and councillor James Spencer as Deputy Mayor.

Her charity will be EllenorLions Hospices Children's and Young Peoples Services after her son Daniel, 14, became ill with leukaemia when he was 11-years-old and was supported by EllenorLions.

The new mayor of Greenwich is Barbara Barwick, who served as Deputy Mayor last year. Jim Gillman was appointed Deputy Mayor of Greenwich.


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