The new mayor of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Robert Everitt, has promised to use his civic standing to help business.
Cllr Everitt was elected mayor at a special meeting of the council in The Apex this afternoon with Patrick Chung as deputy.
After his election he said: “I want to be more proactive in helping businesses achieve what they want. It’s a matter of getting members of the Government to come to Bury, of bringing investment — using the mayoralty as a catalyst to make things happen.”
Though mayor is a largely ceremonial role he said there is still ‘gravitas to being first citizen’ of the borough.
Cllr Chung said: “I will do my best to be a good ambassador for the borough.”
Cllr Everitt moved to Bury in 2000 after living in Wickhambrook for 22 years and was first elected to the council in 2003.
His two charities for his year as mayor are Gatehouse in Bury, because he said it ‘helps the most impoverished’ and the Acute Kidney Injury unit at West Suffolk Hospital, because his two-year-old grandson was born with a kidney condition.
Retiring mayor Terry Buckle said: “How can I forget my time as mayor? It was brilliant.”
He took with good humour references to his accidentally driving his car through the door of Moreton Hall Tesco last year.
He ‘blamed’ council leader John Griffiths saying: “He said ‘really make your mayorship go with a bang’ and a week later I did!”
Before the mayor making, the council granted Dr Ann Williams, West Suffolk College principal from 2002 to 2013 pictured left, honorary freedom of the borough.
Accepted the honour Dr Williams said: “I’m proud to have been able to work with such a dedicated and talented team of staff at the college. Together we achieved great success for our students.”
She said those students had gone on to contribute to the local economy.