Mayor of Eastbourne during 2015, Councillor Janet Coles



JANET COLES - The mayor of Eastbourne is very fond of cup cakes.




Born in London, Councillor Janet Coles has had a long association with East Sussex amounting to 24 years. Firstly in Brighton, during which time she was a County Councillor for Montpelier ward, and latterly in Eastbourne where she has resided for 13 years.

Most of her working life has been spent in the book trade as a bookseller, book buyer and a bookshop owner. She also lived in Japan for seven years and worked as a partner in an English Language Conversation School.
In earlier years she had a strong involvement with the Guiding Association, having been a Girl Guide, Sea Ranger and Tawny Owl.

Janet is Eastbourne Borough Council’s Disability Champion and is proud to work with the wonderful people of DIG. She is also a trustee of Alice Croft House, a member of the equality and fairness committee and a member of
Eastbourne Access Group. Janet has an enjoyment of our beautiful countryside and especially enjoys walking her dog.


One thing that you will notice if you visit the Mayor's official website, it that this council make life very difficult for people trying to find information about the elected officials, by putting key information online as .pdf files. Come on chaps, have you not heard about transparent local government?



Councillor David Tutt on Eastbourne's pier after the fire


CLLR DAVID TUTT - Is Leader of the Council. Councillor Tutt works alongside Janet, hoping to make a difference. The local MP at the moment is Caroline Ansell. Caroline is also working on many of the same local issues, to include better transport. What though about sustainable practices and a Circular Economy? We doubt that many or those who represent us are fully aware of climate change and acid oceans, despite living by the seaside.



EASTBOURNE HERALD, Monday 12 May 2014

Councillor Janet Coles was elected as the new Mayor of Eastbourne at the annual meeting of the council this week and was quick to express her excitement for the year ahead.

Cllr Coles, who has been the council’s representative to the South Downs National Park Authority for the past three years, takes the reins from Cllr Mike Thompson, who has held the position since 2012.

The work Cllr Coles does for Eastbourne as its Disability Champion is also well-known as she is a member of the Disability Information Group and Eastbourne Access Group and the council’s representative on the Let’s Loop Eastbourne group. Because of this, she has chosen ‘Care for the Carers’ as her charity for the year.

In her acceptance speech, Cllr Coles said, “I will do my very best to live up to expectations in promoting and nurturing this lovely place in which we are fortunate enough to live.

“It is an exciting year in which to be mayor. There are many plans and schemes in train that will help to refurbish and to bring more business opportunities to Eastbourne, which will make it an even better place in which to live.

“I hope you will all join with me in this charity year in raising as much as is possible for this worthwhile charity that represents and helps these unsung community heroes.”

Cllr Coles was well endorsed by her fellow councillors. Cllr John Ungar described her as ‘honest, hard-working, caring, tenacious, kind, fair, understanding and community-minded’ in his nomination, while Cllr David Tutt said she is ‘extremely conscientious, caring and knowledgeable in her professional sphere’.

Councillor Jim Murray was elected as Deputy Mayor at the meeting, which took place at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening (May 7).

Stepping down from the role he fulfilled for two years, Cllr Mike Thompson said, “I’ve enjoyed the challenge of being the mayor for the past two years. Congratulations to Janet, she will be a superb mayor and I’m so pleased you’re doing the job.”

Cllr David Elkin and Cllr Tutt both thanked Cllr Thompson for the work he did raising money for the Matthew 25 Mission and Chloe’s Fight for Sight.



Janet Coles


A former book seller, the Mayor of Eastbourne is seen here in her official robes.






Mayor’s Office

Eastbourne Borough Council

1 Grove Rd


East Sussex

BN21 4TW


Tel: +44(0)1323 415020 

Fax: +44(0)1323 415130 

Minicom: +44(0)1323 415111

DX6921 Eastbourne 



Facebook: Facebook Mayor of Eastbourne




Google maps satellite view of Eastbourne Pier


GOOGLE MAPS - The above is a satellite view from one of the most famous search engine companies. The snapshot was taken in September 2015, but still shows the Blue Room intact. What a shame it is not still there - but with the support of the people of Eastbourne, we hope that the current owners of the famous structure will prevail in the quest to restore the icon.







Eastbourne Borough Council seaside town logo





Eastbourne Borough Council







This webpage is copyright © Cleaner Oceans Club Ltd (Company No: 4674774) October 2015, Solar Studios, BN271RF, United Kingdom.   The name Miss Ocean™ is a trademark of the Cleaner Oceans Club™.


Cleaner Oceans Club copyright trademark logo