UTTOXETER’S new mayor is to work on encouraging more footfall into the town centre, and has an exciting range of events in the pipeline.
Councillor Karen Haberfield was elected as Uttoxeter’s new mayor and Councillor Andrew Riley as the deputy mayor at the Annual General Meeting of Uttoxeter Town Council.
Councillor Haberfield said: “I want to do my best for the people of Uttoxeter during my year as mayor.
“I hope that the people of Uttoxeter will be able to approach me with their concerns.
“I think the opening of Carters Square is very good for the town and I will be working with town traders throughout the year to work to bring business into the town.
“I would say footfall is the biggest challenge for me as mayor, it’s the main issue for Uttoxeter at the moment.”
The mother-of-four said a number of traditional-meets-modern events were currently being planned, in order to attract a fresh crowd into town and provide something a ‘little bit different’.
The events will supplement the work of the Uttoxeter town team and the Four Towns Initiative.
She said: “We are hoping to put on a number of events which incorporate both traditional and modern features which will hopefully attract a mixed audience and encourage a mixture of people to attend.
“At the moment I’m busy organising my civic ball which will take place towards the end of July.
“I’m also hoping to put on a fashion show, for something a bit different.
“My chosen charities are Rakemark Respite, Prostate Cancer and Womens Aid.
“When I’m not busy with my duties, I’m a self-employed accountant and work from home.
“Myself and my partner have four children from the ages of four to 20 and our youngest, my four-year-old keeps me busy.”
Councillor Hugh Montgomery said on handing over the post to Councillor Haberfield, “It has been a great privilege to be your mayor, and my only regret is my illness prevented me from doing more.
“I would like to thank Karen for standing in at short notice for the months I was unable to and she will be a fantastic mayor.”
Councillor Andrew Riley was appointed deputy mayor. He said: “Thank you for choosing me as deputy.
“I know Karen will be keen to support her chosen charities as mayor and it is a privilege to be deputy.
“I am very happy to be serving the people of Uttoxeter.”
More information on the town council and how to get in touch with individual councillors is available online at www.uttoxetertowncouncil.org.uk