John Scragg Elected Mayor for Fourth Time
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.
In announcing his selected charity for the year, Sight Research UK (formerly the National Eye Research Centre), John praised the medical research organisations and the National Health Service for the work that "has made so much difference to our lives," but pointed out that there was still much to do "in saving the sight of those in this country and throughout the world."
John is looking forward to the coming year and "in particular to making good progress in working together to address the greatest issue of our age - that of climate change."
In closing, he congratulated fellow LibDem Councillor Liz Alstrom on her election as Deputy Mayor.