District and town councillor died after short illness

A former Mayor of Exmouth, Cllr Bill Nash, has died following a short illness.

Cllr Nash was an East Devon District councillor for the Exmouth Town ward and an Exmouth Town councillor for the Littleham ward. He was 77.

He was elected to East Devon District Council in 2015 and was a member of the scrutiny, and audit and governance committees. He was also a member of the joint board of LED Leisure from 2016 and of the Exmouth Regeneration Board from this year. He was the lead councillor for Exmouth and for the council’s estates and property service.

Cllr Nash was elected to Exmouth Town Council in 2011 and served as Mayor of the town during 2014/15. He served on the town council’s planning committee and was instrumental in establishing the tourist information service for Exmouth in 2014, as well as being an enthusiastic and supportive member of the town team. He had served as lead councillor for finance since May 2018.

Cllr Andrew Moulding, Chairman of East Devon District Council, led the tributes to Cllr Nash.

He said:

Bill was extremely well respected for the community work he carried out on behalf of the district council in Exmouth. He was a strong advocate for sport and recreational initiatives throughout East Devon.

I remember Bill as an excellent Town Mayor and a great supporter of all things good about Exmouth. He will be sadly missed by all councillors and staff at East Devon District Council.

Cllr Jeff Trail BEM, Mayor of Exmouth, said:

Bill was a larger than life person who worked hard for the town and his beloved ward of Littleham. During debates and especially town planning committee meetings, he was an animated, enthusiastic member of the council. He will be sadly missed.

On behalf of the town council and staff, I send our condolences to his wife Mary and his family.