New mayor takes the Eastwood reins

New mayor of Eastwood Cllr Ken Woodhead and outgoing Mayor Cllr Hazel Charlesworth
New mayor of Eastwood Cllr Ken Woodhead and outgoing Mayor Cllr Hazel Charlesworth

Working to promote Eastwood and to secure opportunities for young people are among the priorities for the town’s newly-instated mayor.

Cllr Ken Woodhead was unanimously voted into the figurehead position at a meeting of Eastwood Town Council this week.

It reprises a role he fulfilled in 2011/12.

He said: “I am proud to have been chosen as the Mayor of Eastwood again this year.

“My first priority will be to put every effort into this council. That should be a priority for us all, let’s try and work together all of the time for this town.

“The next priority will be to promote Eastwood as a townand represent the area.

“I want to get people back into Eastwood town centre.

“And finallyI want to make sure that the youth of Eastwood are afforded the opportunities they deserve.

“We must work hard for them. Youth unemployment in the area is not very good but I think we as councillors should do all we can to change that.

“We are all well connected locally, let’s use our connections to get some apprenticeships set up and get our young people into work.”

Cllr Woodhead takes over from Cllr Hazel Charlesworth, who spoke of her time wearing the chains of office before the official handover took place.

She said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to represent this council at a myriad of events over the past year.

“It would have been fantastic to say that this council had always put the people of this town before their own petty and politicial arguments, but that has not always been the case.

“I have however enjoyed my time as Mayor and would like to thank all the people who invited and welcomed me to their events.”

Cllr Charlesworth made a £100 donation to the local food bank rather than accepting a gift of thanks.

She raised £760 for charities during her time as the town Mayor.

Cllr Ken Kenny will remain as the deputy mayor.

The handover of chains took place before councillors at their meeting at Our Lady of Good Counsel social centre, Nottingham Road.

Cllr David Bagshaw (lab) will remain as the leader of the council with Cllr Charlie Robb as his deputy.

Cllr Josie Marsters and Cllr Bob Charlesworth will remian as the leader and deputy of the Lib Dems.

The next meeting is to take place on Monday June 2.