Tendring: Youngest ever chairman appointed

TENDRING District Council has appointed its youngest-ever chairman – aged just 24.

Danny Mayzes, pictured, was voted in by the full council, having been vice-chairman the previous year.

It means another record for Mr Mayzes, who was TDC’s youngest ever councillor when he was first elected for the Rush Green Ward in 2007 at the age of 19, while still studying for his A-levels at Colbayns Sixth Form College.

He is Clacton born and bred, going to school locally, and has a BA (Hons) degree in education and childhood studies with a career in teaching and education ahead of him.

He said: “I am very proud and it is a fantastic honour and opportunity for me to take over this important role at such a relatively young age.

“I have been a councillor for five years now and am prepared for, and looking forward to, fulfilling a role that requires enthusiasm and hard work to ensure it is carried out effectively. I believe that with subtle changes I can bring a fresh and revitalised approach to the office. I want my commitment to young people to reflect in my year as I believe that our young generation has so much to offer – I want to advocate this to the district”.

Mr Mayzes has chosen ‘Best of British’ as his theme for his year in office.

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“It truly is a year to celebrate all that is great about Great Britain and our corner here in Tendring – a corner in which we should feel proud to live, work and play and there certainly is plenty to celebrate in and around our district,” he said.

“I want the people of Tendring to help celebrate it with me and enjoy all that the year has to offer.”

Mr Mayzes co-founded Tendring District Youth Council in 2004/5, ran the Frinton and Walton St John Ambulance Cadet and Badger unit, was a Director of Children and Young People at Tendring Community Transport and recently accompanied the Twinning Association to the German town of Biberach while vice-chairman.

Mr Mayzes is also a founding volunteer for Open Road on the Tendring SOS Bus.

His vice-chairman for 2012/13 is Conservative colleague and Pier Ward councillor Sue Honeywood.