Vince is new Mayor

Congratulations to Councillor Vince Hunt elected as Town Mayor at the Mayor making Ceremony at the Guildhall on Monday evening.

Vince is pictured receiving the Chain of Office from outgoing Mayor, Councillor Paul Milner.

In the Mayors Speech, Councillor Hunt set out some of his aspirations for the year. Extracts from the speech included -

"The Town Council of course is the NALC Star Council of the Year and each of us around the table has a duty to ensure that we live up to that branding. We were selected by our peers, government and national bodies, and we must continue to give the residents of this town the very best Town Council that we can. I am greatly looking forward to working with new and returning councillors alike. We have some wonderful foundations upon which to start this new Council term and our common purpose has to be to build a strong and vibrant Oswestry, working together and with our many partners and of course Shropshire Council.

................. A Mayor always needs a strong and reliable supporting act as a Mayoress and it is my immense pleasure to confirm that, whenever possible, on weekends and during holidays, then the Mayoress will be my daughter Amber Hunt. I work extensively with local schools in the Oswestry area and my association with both the Marches and Woodside Schools is well known but I do feel by giving a young person a chance to fulfil this important and high profile role then we offer support and encourage to our young people to be potential community champions of the future.

................Young people are very important in my council agenda. We have excellent links with all the educational establishments in Oswestry and I have particular associations that I give much commitment and time to. What I would like to do during the year is to look at setting up a youth forum so that, together with our young people, we can explore their views about the town and its future and also what youth services should be delivered in future, and by who.

............... As a Shropshire Councillor I recognise the benefits of working together and I am excited by the opportunity that is to be presented by the new Oswestry Town Centre Partnership as a working group between elected members of Shropshire Council and the Town Council. Early priorities must be to address empty commercial premises, to look at the subject of business rates, the future delivery of markets and how we can help deliver employment and start up business opportunities. Through our own markets we can offer mentoring support and encouragement for young entrepreneurs. It is also important that we continue to support and encourage the working group that is looking to establish a Business Improvement District for Oswestry. This should go to a referendum of local businesses in the next few months and it is important for the Council to be on board with this exciting initiative.

We also, in the next few weeks, will receive the first report back from the Townscape and Transport Group looking at public realm, traffic issues and how the town centre operates. Again, through working together we can improve the offer that we make to our local residents and visitors to make Oswestry more attractive and accessible, and therefore encouraging a footfall growth."

Tuesday 16 May 2017

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