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.”