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Barnstaple Town Council is looking for a new Town Clerk following the announcement that Will Austin is moving on after four years to a new role in Dorset. 
Barnstaple Town Council is looking for a new Town Clerk following the announcement that Will Austin is moving on after four years to a new role in Dorset. 
 
Will joined the Council in 2014 and explained that his departure at the end of June/early July is for personal reasons. “Barnstaple really has felt like home for the last four years, but I have very close personal and family connections in Dorset. I’ll be sorry to leave and hope that I have helped make a difference during my time here. My abiding memory will be the sight of thistles and weeds 4’ high in and around the town centre when I arrived – thankfully the Town Council stepped in with the help of local businesses and community groups, and the town looks much better now!” 
 
Thanking Will for his service, Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Julie Hunt said that the search for a replacement had already begun. “I and town councillors are very grateful to Will for his work in Barnstaple – he has helped us deliver some really important changes, and has raised the profile of the Council significantly during his time here. The job of Town Clerk to the largest town council in Devon, in a wonderful area to live, will I hope be a big draw to potential candidates.” 
 
As well as helping the Town Council take on the maintenance of roadside verges, Will has overseen some other significant changes, and agrees that the role is an exciting one. “I’m pleased that we’ve developed some excellent partnership working locally, including the one that saved the Record Office from closure. The Town Council has also become a stronger campaigning voice for the local community than it was, and we’ve begun an exciting project to refurbish the wonderful Barnstaple Guildhall. It’s a great job in the capital of North Devon and I’m certain it will attract some strong candidates.” 
 
For more information about applying for the vacancy, visit http://www.barnstapletowncouncil.co.uk/the-council/jobs-volunteering/.. 
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