Ken takes the chains of office as new mayor

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FIVE new councillors and a new town mayor and deputy mayor were appointed at Market Rasen Council’s first meeting since the election last week.

Coun Ken Bridger was appointed mayor, a position which he held in 2009/10, and Coun Steve Bunney was made deputy mayor.

The council also co-opted five new councillors on to the authority, Jane Ladley on King Street, Jayne Sankey of King Street, David Strachan of King Street, Margaret Lakin-Whitworth of King Street and John Hadlow, from Bleasby Moor, who stood down from the town council last month in order to run in the West Lindsey District election, but has now rejoined the Market Rasen authority.

Mayor Bridger said: “What we are looking for is a more open council so we are all involved.

“We are trying to tidy up the town. I have been away in Yorkshire and you look at the likes of Skipton and they are smart.

“All their street furniture is painted and looked after and I come back here and the waste bins are all chipped and the bollards in the Market Place need attention.

“It looks a bit tired and worse for wear.”

Deputy Mayor Steve Bunney set out the authority’s priorities for the coming year. These include a review of the town council’s office opening hours, continuing with the Old Police Station museum project, tidying up the town’s environment and providing a suitable display of Christmas Lights for Market Rasen.

The council are also looking at coming up with a plan for the Market Place and increasing the number of stalls on market days.

To this end the authority is writing to Lincolnshire County Council highways to gain permission to erect new notices, which will be attached to each of the six town signs at the parish’s boundary points, advertising on which days the market takes place.

Margaret Lakin Whitworth was also re-appointed as parish champion for the town and residents who spot any work that needs doing to playing fields, grass verges or street furniture in the parish should contact her at the ambucopter shop in Queen Street.

Coun Graham Bower is also to look at gaining funding to put a fence around the Town Green off Willingham Road following residents’ concerns that the land has been left open and is at risk of becoming a target for illegal traveller camps.

The next full council meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 1, at 7pm in the Festival Hall committee room off Caistor Road.