In its meeting on November 24th Chippenham Town Council has elected former Mayor Desna Allen (LibDem) to be Leader of the Council. For the Sheldon ward councillor this will be the fourth time she has been elected Leader of the Council in addition to two terms as Mayor.
Cllr Allen said: "I am very pleased and honoured to have been nominated and voted for as Leader of the Council.
The Liberal Democrats continue to perform well in Chippenham with another gain on theTown Council. LibDem candidate George Simmonds has won a seat on the town council following the Pewsham by-election taking over 45% of the vote.
Fellow Pewsham Lib Dem councillor, Clare Cape said: "I'm delighted that George is joining the Liberal Democrat team on Chippenham Town Council; he'll be an asset to the council and most importantly I know that he'll will work hard for Pewsham residents."
In the meeting of the new Chippenham Town Council on 19th May, Liberal Democrat John Scragg was elected Mayor. This is the fourth time that John has had the honour of taking on this task, having served on the Council since 1987.
In his inauguration speech John addressed the current restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic, pointing out that he would not be able to attend the inauguration of mayors in other Wiltshire towns, but "hopefully when and if current remaining restrictions are lifted I will be able to represent the town further afield and we will be less constrained in the extent to which we will able to invite guests to functions in the Town Hall and to the town a whole." In particular, he looked forward to the resumption of twinning visits with La Flèche and Friedberg in 2022.
Chippenham's Liberal Democrats can be pleased with their performance in the recent local elections. In the county elections the LibDems increased their representation from three to five of the Chippenham seats. Sitting councillors Clare Cape and Ross Henning retained their seats. New members of the Wiltshire Council are Kathryn MacDermid, Liz Alstrom and Adrian Foster. Clare Cape said: "We would like to thank the voters for the confidence they have placed in us. We will be working hard for Chippenham's interests in the Council."