Your new council
Following the recent borough election, control of the council remains with the Residents’ Associations (who increased their majority), the Labour party becomes the official opposition and the Liberal Democrats return after a four-year absence.
The result was:
- 32 seats Residents’ Associations (increased by one seat)
- 3 seats Labour (no change)
- 2 seats Liberal Democrats (up two)
- 1 seat Conservative (down three).
Your local councillor details can be found on our website via the 'where I live' feature on the front page.
We will also be producing full contact details for councillors in the next issue of the paper edition of Borough Insight.
Training is already underway for the councillors to enable them to carry out their duties as your new representatives. This includes both general instruction on how to get things done, to more specialised tutorials on planning regulations and licencing law for those serving on specific committees.
The new civic year also saw Councillor John Becket officially recognised as the new Mayor of Epsom & Ewell at the annual Mayor making ceremony at the Town Hall on Tuesday 21 May.
While some may view the role of the Mayor as slightly archaic, the office continues to have a central part to play within a modern Council. The Mayor represents both council and the borough and, with the traditional insignia of the mace and chains of office, the Mayor also acts as a symbol of continuity.
The Mayor chairs meetings of the Full Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently. The meeting is an opportunity for the councillors to hold the committee chairmen to account and the Mayor upholds our constitution and ensures that the council meeting is a forum for debate.
In their civic role, the Mayor meets with individuals and communities to thank them for their contribution to the life of the borough. The Mayor is also an honorary member of a number of organisations. The Mayor can share the views and concerns of the community with the council. The Mayor can also take the council’s message out into the community and works towards achieving the council’s social and economic aims. The role of Mayor is distinct from that of councillor and the Mayor acts in a non-political manner when carrying out the civic role.
For his mayoral year, the Mayor has selected the following organisations as his chosen charities:
- Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) - The East Surrey Branch of the MNDA provides care and support to around 60 people living with MND throughout the East Surrey area, as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself.
- Physical Handicapped and Abled Bodied (PHAB) - Epsom and Ewell Phab is a youth club for young disabled and non-disabled people run entirely by volunteers. Their aim is 'Making More of Life Together'.
- Alzheimer’s Society - Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity that provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
For more information on fundraising events to help support and raise much needed funds for these charities please see www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.