The chair of the town council is also known as the Town Mayor – an honorary title giving no special powers.
Beyond calling and chairing meetings of the town council there are very few specific powers assigned to the chair. One important but seldom power is that of the “casting vote”. In the event of a tied vote, the chair of the committee has an additional vote which they can use to force a decision. Note that the chair does not have to use the casting vote in the same way as they voted on the original matter.
The chair of the town council has the power to sign certain documents on behalf of the town council find a few special powers in an emergency but is otherwise the same as any other councillor. Decisions are always made by majority vote, not by the chair.
Westbury Mayor 2018/2019
Councillor Ian Cunningham
The Mayor for Westbury for 2018-2019 is Councillor Ian Cunningham
Councillor Ian Cunningham was elected Mayor at the Annual Town Council meeting held on 14th May, with Councillor Mike Sutton being elected Deputy Mayor.
Mayoral Duties include:
• Chairman of the Town Council
• Attending Civic Events
• Raising the profile of the local community and the Council
• Promoting public involvement in the Council’s activities
• Raising money for their chosen charities
If you would like to invite him to an event, you can write to him at Westbury Town Council, The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 3EN or e-mail the Mayor’s Secretary, Mrs Sarah Barker: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deputy Mayor for Westbury for 2018-2019 is Councillor Mike Sutton
Councillor Mike Sutton was elected Deputy Mayor at the Annual Town Council meeting held on 14th May.
Councillor Mike Sutton (Picture: White Horse News)