New mayors ready to do their best for towns

Bob Sandall right, becomes new mayor of Stamford. With him are outgoing mayor John Binder, left, and the new deputy mayor Brian Sumner
Bob Sandall right, becomes new mayor of Stamford. With him are outgoing mayor John Binder, left, and the new deputy mayor Brian Sumner
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FOUR new mayors are settling into their roles after being chosen to lead their town councils.

Stamford, Oakham and Market Deeping councils appointed new mayors last week, while Uppingham elected a new mayor on Wednesday.

In Stamford, Bob Sandall (Ind) succeeds John Binder (LibDem) with Brian Sumner (Con) as his deputy. Coun Sandall, who represents the St George’s ward, is Stamford born and bred and was delighted to be appointed mayor.

He said: “It gives me great pleasure as I am a Stamford lad.

“I know a lot of people in the town and I went to school with many of them, so it makes me very proud to be chosen as mayor.”

Coun Sandall, of Forest Gardens, has been a member of the council for nine years and is keen to see councillors get more involved in Stamford during his term as mayor.

He added: “The town council has moved forward in leaps and bounds in the last four or five years.

“But my ambition is to see every councillor working for this town. It is a big target to set but you have to set certain targets.”

Alf Dewis was chosen to succeed Joyce Lucas as the head of Oakham Town Council at a meeting in the Victoria Hall on Wednesday last week, with Adam Lowe picked as his deputy.

Coun Dewis, of Redland Road, represents the south west ward and has lived in Oakham for more than 35 years. He is keen to see the town’s infrastructure improved to cope with an ever-increasing population.

He said: “We have a lot of new housing coming to Oakham in the next 10 years and by the time we get them built there will be a 25 per cent increase in population.

“We have got to get the infrastructure in place and the town council will have a great say into how it will be done. It is quite a challenge.”

In Uppingham Dave Casewell, of High Street West, was elected as mayor at the town council’s annual general meeting in the town hall on Wednesday.

Coun Casewell, a retired teacher, was not at the meeting himself as he was unwell but says his election has help to speed up his recovery.

He said: “I am delighted and am determined to do my best for the town.

“I am very grateful to my fellow councillors for electing me.”

His deputy will be David Ainslie, of Lime Tree Avenue.

And in Market Deeping Reg Howard has been appointed mayor for the third time. Reg, of Kesteven Drive, has plenty of experience in the role, having lead the council from 1987 and 1997, and again from 2006 to 2008.

Coun Howard served in the Royal Navy during the war and was a scientific instrument maker in London before his retirement.

He has lived in Market Deeping for 28 years.

His deputy will be Xanthe Collins, of Horsegate, Deeping St James.

Bourne Town Council will appoint a new mayor on Wednesday.