Mayor axed as Labour takes control of council

MOSSLEY no longer has a mayor after Labour took control of the town council from the recently disbanded Mossley Independent Community Party.

Town councillor Frank Travis has been elected ‘chair’ of the town council for 2019-20 as he says there will be a “different style”.

“We felt as we have a radically new team we wanted to change style to reflect our outward looking and modern approach,” he said.

Cllr Travis, who will only occasionally wear the mayoral chain of office for official functions, praised the previous format.

“The mayoral role served us well, especially fundraising and creating a lot of pride in the town,” he continued.

Cllr Travis gave his vision for the future to the annual meeting of the town council.

He said: “We made promises before the election which we will now start to work on and put some detail on to those ideas.

“We have a new team with a different style, but with a commitment to doing our best for the town. Our approach will reflect the concerns and ambitions of Mossley people.”

Cllr Travis added the new town council team members have a wide range of skills which will be utilised.

He continued: “We will be developing a community plan. We know what is important locally, but we will build on that with further consultation and our door will always be open for discussions and development.

“The council will work with partner organisations and in a collaborative approach with our community groups. We want to bring forward projects and will support where we can, those which demonstrate a real connection to community priorities. Renewing partnerships with public bodies will also be part of the way forward.

“We will continue to be a firm advocate on issues of safety, transport, homes, environment and culture.

“Although we do not have a huge budget, we are natural co-operators and will be innovative and creative in developing our projects.”

Individual councillors, Cllr Travis added, will be expected to take lead roles relating to different topics and issues.

The new town council comprises re-elected Cllrs Travis and Jack Homer, both Labour, and Independent Dean Aylett along with new Labour councillors Idu Miah, Stephen Homer, Pat Mullin, Ruth Kerfoot, Martin Stimson and Maggie Thomas.

Deputy chair of the town council for 2019-20 will be newly elected Cllr Idu Miah who runs Mossley Post Office while Lynn Travis will be the chair’s lady.

Cllr Travis, 65, has served on the town council for seven of the last eight years and also spent four years on Tameside Council.

He spent 36 years working for Tameside Council where he was an economic initiatives manager. He is currently involved with the local armed forces community and in chairman of the Cash Box Credit Union.

• Outgoing mayor Cllr Irene Raddings raised £9,462.60 during her year in office with the money given to 32 community organisations.

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