Selection change finds new Mayor and deputy
THE Mayor Elect and deputy have now been selected by a town council following a change in procedure.
Louth Town Council members voted to select the Mayor Elect for 2013/14 – who is also chairman of the council – and their supporting deputy (vice-chairman) for the forthcoming year.
Councillor David Wing was selected as Mayor Elect with Councillor Andrew Leonard Deputy Mayor Elect.
Councillor Wing has lived in Louth since 2003, having moved from Chelsea with his wife, Phyll.
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He joined Louth Town Council in June 2007.
He is also a trustee of Hubbards Hills Ltd and serves as secretary to Louth Allotment Association.
He is also a member of Louth Town Partnership and is chairman of Louth United Charities.
This will be his first mayoral position for the town.
Mr Wing said: "It is an honour to be selected as upcoming Mayor and to represent this town. I will do my best to promote Louth whenever I'm at events and meeting community organisations."
Mr Wing has an aspiration to see the partial pedestrianisation of the town.
He said: "It is something I have been saying for years, I'm not sure if it will ever happen but it's an aspiration. It will increase the market area to help attract more visitors."
Councillor Andrew Leonard, who has lived in Louth all his life, was first elected to the town council in May 2007.
He is also a Justice of the Peace sitting on the Skegness Bench, chairman of Hubbards Hills Trust and an active member of the Rotary Club of Louth.
He is now likely to be elected Mayor for 2014/15 following the change in selection procedure.
Earlier this month, the council had voted to change how future Mayors are elected after current Mayor, Jill Makinson-Sanders, proposed that all future Mayors should spend a year as deputy, before stepping up to the full role.
Before, the Mayor would go straight into the role and then spend the subsequent year as deputy Mayor.
But due to the recent change, Councillor David Wing will still be going straight into the position as Mayor without serving as deputy first.
Councillors Wing and Leonard will start their new roles from May 17 at the annual town council meeting when the formal election to office will take place.