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Wrexham's new mayor is confirmed

Published date: 27 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A NEW mayor has been confirmed for Wrexham, despite calls for the role to be suspended.

Cllr T Alan Edwards will take over the role from Cllr I David Bithell in May after a recommendation was approved by Wrexham Council last night.

Cllr Barbara Roxburgh will become deputy mayor.

There have been calls for the mayoral role to be downsized or abandoned in the town after campaigners asked the local authority to put public services before “pomp and ceremony”.

Earlier this week more than 100 people signed an online petition within 24 hours to suspend mayoral services in Wrexham.

Former county borough councillor Marc Jones, who organised the petition, said: "Many people who are facing cuts to services they use are furious that the mayoral budget is untouched.

“This petition won't stop the current council continuing with its skewed priorities but it is a symbolic protest against the cuts and the way the ruling groups are protecting certain pet projects while decimating others."

Smithfield councillor Keith Gregory has led calls to suspend the mayor while cuts are taking place.

“I wish Alan Edwards all the best in the role, but I can’t see the sense in continuing with the mayor in the current financial climate,” he said in advance of last night’s meeting as he was not able to be present.

“Services are being closed affecting children, the elderly and the disabled, and people simply don’t want pomp and ceremony.

“If they can mothball Plas Madoc, then they can mothball the mayor’s office until the good times return.”

The new mayoral positions were approved by 42 councillors, with two abstentions from councillors Arfon Jones and Bill Baldwin.

Cllr Bithell said: “I would like to congratulate both candidates and I am sure they will enjoy it [the roles] as much as previous incumbents have.”

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  1. Posted by: oh dear at 11:04 on 27 March 2014 Report

    what a joke..they are certainly in it together,shouldnt the people of wrexham choose the next mayor or indeed scrap the mayor all together,corupt the lot of them

  2. Posted by: a cahill at 12:46 on 27 March 2014 Report

    And there you have it....confirmation of where the real scroungers in Wrexham are ....Wrexham Council maintains its place on the top of the list of Rip Off Britain

  3. Posted by: Mr.Gobbi at 16:40 on 27 March 2014 Report

    WCBC no money out of ideas do not listen to the electorate keep ripping us off and specific posts must be kept how arrogant one can be. Bring on the reorganisation (mini Clwyd) quickly and bring these councillors down to earth with a bump.

  4. Posted by: 1massey at 17:42 on 27 March 2014 Report

    well i havnt got the services that wcbc stoped,is my council tax coming down next month in line with the services they now provide? dont think so.yet have money for pomp.

  5. Posted by: nelson at 20:24 on 27 March 2014 Report

    What a complete waste of money considering the spending cuts that have been taken elsewhere.

  6. Posted by: Got A Life at 00:02 on 29 March 2014 Report

    Sed it before and I'll say it again. Keith Gregry should be in the Council meeting speaking in the right place on behalf of the people who voted for him. Not just getting publicity from the local rag. #shame

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