Agenda item

Vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor in respect of services rendered during the past year


The Mayor invited the Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite MBE to propose a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor.


Councillor Kite firstly congratulated the newly elected Mayoral Party and wished them well in the forthcoming year.


Councillor Kite passed his congratulations to the retiring Mayor stressing that it was an obvious feature of his Mayoralty that he and his wife were a close knit team and that both became fully immersed in the role.


It was apparent that the Councillor Mote and his wife had adopted a thoroughly modern approach to the role with great use of social media to convey his messages to the people of Dartford.


Councillor Kite also drew Members’ attention to the smiling face which the Mayor always projected in his work and commended the importance of this when dealing with people at the many Mayoral engagements.


Finally Councillor Kite thanked Councillor and Mrs Mote for their hospitable and enjoyable Mayoralty and expressed the belief that it would be welcomed should they wish to undertake the role in the future.


Councillor Shippam seconded the motion of thanks.

The Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Gosine, expressed his best wishes to the new Mayor and his Mayoral party.

Councillor Maddison thanked the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress for what had been a fun and enjoyable term of office for the people of Dartford and congratulated him on retaining his seat in Greenhithe in the face of stiff opposition.

The Leader of the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association, Councillor Butterfill, congratulated the incoming Mayor, Councillor Perfitt and his wife and the incoming Deputy Mayor Councillor, Mrs Currans, and her Escort on their election to office.  

She also thanked Councillor Mote and his wife for their hard work and sense of humour as the Mayoral team and praised their energy and endeavour and the success of their fundraising.


At the conclusion of the speeches the Motion was put to the vote and it was


That sincere thanks and appreciation be accorded to Councillor D J Mote for his outstanding service as Mayor during the past year.


The Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite, presented Councillor Mote with a gift of some vouchers on behalf of the Council in recognition of his service as the Mayor.  

The Shadow Leader, Councillor S Gosine then presented a bouquet of flowers to the outgoing Mayoress, Mrs Mote.


The Mayor, Councillor Perfitt then invited Councillor Mote to respond to the vote of thanks from Members.


Councillor Mote began by congratulating the incoming Mayor, his Mayoress, the Deputy Mayor and her Escort on their election to office.


He also thanked all those present for attending and offered special thanks to the newly invested Mayor and Mayoress of Gravesham for finding the time to attend the meeting.


Councillor Mote thanked Members for the gift with which had been presented, and stressed that the vouchers would be put to very good use. 


He extended his thanks to his support staff, and the supporters of his charity, who had raised over £16,000, to his colleagues, and mostly to his wife who had worked tirelessly to support and aid him throughout his Mayoral Year.


He also extended thanks to the Leader and Shadow Leader of the Council and to all Councillors for allowing him to undertake the role of Mayor.  He had enjoyed his year immensely.