It’s all change at Longridge Town Council as the new mayor takes over the reins.
Next Wednesday sees not only the installation of new mayor Coun Chris Parkinson, but also the annual town meeting, where any members of the public are welcome to pose questions about the issues that concern them.
The mayor making will see current mayor Coun David Moon stepping down from his year of office.
Due to a previous booking, the mayor-making this year will be held in the council chamber at the Old Station’s Heritage Centre at 7pm, when Coun Moon will hand over the chain of office to Coun Parkinson.
He will also welcome Coun Sarah Rainford as the new deputy mayor.
Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting, although space will be tight.
Councillors will then go to Longridge Civic Hall – the traditional venue for both meetings – for the annual town meeting at 8pm.
Following public concern about issues on policing in Longridge, Deputy Crime Commissioner Ibby Master is to attend this meeting.
If any member of the public has questions for him, they are asked to submit them to the town council this week.
“This is so we can send them on to him and he can find the information out to be able to answer the questions on the night,” said a council spokesperson. “All members of the public are welcome to raise any other issues at the annual town meeting.” This will also be attended by members of the Save Longridge group, campaigning against massive development proposals around Longridge.
Mayor-elect Coun Parkinson said: “Given the strong feelings on the planned developments, I hope there will be a greater attendance than usual for the annual town meeting which I will chair as the new mayor. My mayoral year looks as though it will coincide with a significant expansion of the town’s population from the new developments.
“Whatever we all think about these, they represent a challenge that the council cannot ignore and I hope we can rise to that challenge over the coming year.”