Councillors elect new mayor
Councillor Alan Somerscales was the popular choice when he was elected the new Mayor of Caistor last month.
He won the unanimous support of fellow town councillors at their May meeting (Thursday, May 11, 2017), with fellow councillor Jon Wright being elected the new Deputy Mayor.
A much more closely-contested position was the co-option of a new councillor following the death of long-serving member Alan Caine, who was the former Chairman of the Planning Committee and a former district councillor.
Local farmer Stewart Davey and retained firefighter Steve Critten were both nominated for the vacancy.
Mr Davey, who is 45, is a member of the Caistor and District Lions, a governor of Caistor Grammar School and a member of Rothwell Parish Council. He missed out on becoming a Caistor Town Councillor by only a handful of votes in the 2015 election and has stood four times for the position.
Mr Critten, 52, has retired from his full-time position with the Fire Service but is a retained firefighter at Caistor. He is often seen volunteering at local events around the town.
Mr Critten was appointed after winning by seven votes to five.
Other appointments made at the meeting were:-
Planning Committee Chairman – Cllr Deborah Barker
Finance Committee – Cllrs Carol Mackenzie, Jayne Bowman, Martin Sizer, Jon Wright, Michael Galligan and Steve Millson.
Employment Committee – Cllrs Martin Sizer, Jayne Bowman, Steve Millson, Michael Stopper and Carol Mackenzie. Cllr Baz Burnett stepped down from the committee.
Economic Development Committee – Cllrs Deborah Barker, Mike Stopper, Jayne Bowman, Michael Galligan and Martin Sizer. Cllr Steve Critten also joined the committee.
Sports Ground / Caistor Sports and Social Club – Cllrs Angela Clark, Baz Burnett and Jon Wright.
Councillors with special responsibilities:
Churchyards, Cemetery, Field Paths – Cllr Alan Somerscales
Parks – Cllr Mike Stopper
Allotments – Cllr Alan Somerscales
Town Hall Management Committee – Cllr Jacqui Hughes
A number of council policies on matters such as complaints procedures or dealing with the press and media were unchanged from last year and were also confirmed.
Cllr Somerscales thanked outgoing Mayor Carol Mackenzie, who served in the role for two years and also thanked fellow councillors for their support.