A town mayor in the Moorlands is continuing in his civic role for a third year running. Councillor Ian Plant will remain as Cheadle Town Mayor for what will be his third year in the civic position.
A town mayor in the Moorlands is continuing in his civic role for a third year running.
May is normally the month when a new Mayor of Cheadle is elected for the coming civic year.
However, due to the current national battle with Covid-19, the Annual General Meeting of Cheadle Town Council has been postponed until May 2021, and so there will be no election of a new mayor or new deputy mayor for the 2020/21 civic year.
This means that councillor Ian Plant will remain as Cheadle Town Mayor for what will be his third year in the civic position.
Councillor Plant said: “It has been decided to leave the positions of mayor and deputy mayor as last year.
“These are very unprecedented times and it was felt that leaving them as they are was the way forward.
“It will be an honour to serve the people of Cheadle again, but we have more pressing things at the present time with the Covid-19 virus being most in everyone’s thoughts at the moment.
Cllr Plant added: “We do not know when things will get back to any kind of normal around the world but we can only carry on and do our best.
“With most functions being cancelled for main events in the future, duties of the mayor will be very far between.
“Events in August and September have also been cancelled so invites will be at a premium when things may get back to normal.”
The decision to keep the current mayor and deputy mayor, the latter who is councillor Gary Bentley, was made at Cheadle Town Council’s very first virtual meeting on Monday (May 18).
The meeting, which was conducted through the ‘RingCentral Meetings’ online platform, saw eight councillors ‘in attendance’ along with two clerks of Cheadle Town Council.
The extraordinary meeting, which the Times & Echo viewed live online, took place so that councillors could debate and decide upon how the council will continue to function during the current coronavirus situation.
It was agreed that the positions of mayor and deputy mayor may be reviewed at a later date, when the council are able to meet in their council chambers in Leek Road, once again.
It was also agreed that there will be “a provisional dispensation to all councillors for non-attendance at meetings. This is to ensure councillors are able to comply with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 and is recommended until September 30, 2020 after which it can then be reviewed.”
The implementation of “additional Emergency Standing Orders to enable issues to be addressed arising from Covid 19” were also agreed, including: The existing individual councillor roles/responsibilities, as agreed in May 2019, will remain the same until the next annual meeting; The annual review of Policies and Procedures will be deferred until May 2021; To ensure the council’s finances remain in order and to fulfil council’s financial obligations, council to extend delegated powers to the Clerk to enable the payment of all contractual payments, salaries and approved grants; and that at all times, during the Covid-19 nationally implemented controls, the council will follow the guidance and advice of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to ensure compliance with government emergency regulations.
Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant and Cheadle Deputy Mayor Gary Bentley are pictured here last year when both councillors were initially elected into their civic roles for 2019/20.
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