CLLR MIKE CUDDY IS ELECTED THE NEW MAYOR OF PENARTH

The new Town Mayor of Penarth - Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Auigustines) who is Leader of Penarth Town Council and now the First Citizen of Penarth

The new Town Mayor of Penarth – Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)  Leader of Penarth Town Council is -as of last night- the First Citizen of Penarth

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) former Leader of Penarth Town Council, has been formally elected as the new Mayor of Penarth for 2016/17.

In a crowded Council Chamber at Penarth Town Council’s HQ at West House, Stanwell Road last night, Cllr Cuddy was formally elected as Mayor having already been nominated for the office in an earlier council meeting on April 21st 2016.

Councillors and members of the public stand as is customary as the new mayor takes his place in the council chamber of Penarth Town Council

Councillors and members of the public stand as is customary as the new mayor takes his place in the crowded council chamber of Penarth Town Council

A large number of friends, family, guests  and members of Penarth Youth Action took their  places in the Council chamber as councillors formally elected Cllr Cuddy to office.

Cllr Cuddy then retired to the robing room to don the mayoral robes prior to re-entering the council chamber for his formal installation as Mayor.

The making of a Mayor:Cllr Cuddy lowers his head as the outgoing mayor Cllr Rosemary Cook transfers the chain of office to him

The making of a Mayor: Cllr Cuddy lowers his head as the outgoing mayor Cllr Rosemary Cook transfers the chain of office to him  and adds her congratulations

The outgoing mayor Cllr Rosemary Cook (Labour St Augustines) formally transferred the mayoral chain of office to Cllr Cuddy and congratulated him on his election.

Cllr Cuddy – is a retired former Welsh Government civil servant and professional planner who has  also worked earlier in his career for the Welsh Development Agency – a body scrapped by the Welsh Labour Government. He was very much the architect of Labour’s victory in Penarth in the local government elections of May 2012.

Cllr Tracey Alexander (Labour Cornerswell) has been elected Deputy Mayor of Penarth

Cllr Tracey Alexander (Labour Cornerswell) has been elected Deputy Mayor of Penarth

Elected by councillors as Deputy Mayor of Penarth for 2016/17 is Cllr Tracey Alexander ((Labour Cornerswell) – a married mother of five who is a former deputy chairman of Penarth Civic Society.

She has been involved in the development  of the Flatholm Project and Cosmeston Mediaeval Village,  the Windsor Road Allotment Group and is a governor of two local schools.

Many of the councillors attending last night’s Annual Meeting of the council have also occupied the office of Mayor and wore their formal regalia denoting their status as former mayors.

One of the first jobs the council will undertake next week is to place Cllr Cuddy’s name in gold-leaf on the oak panels in the entrance hall which list all the former mayors and chairmen of the town dating back to 1875.

 Penarth Town Council has now entered an unprecedented period in which it – like all other local authorities and community councils in Wales – will be acting for a further 12 months without having any public mandate to remain in office.

In 2012 all current Penarth councillors were elected for a 4-year term – and should have been facing elections this year – but their term of office was arbitrarily extended by the Welsh Labour Government t0 5 years and is due to run until  May 2017.

The extension was made to allow for a proposed government re-organisation  – a re-organisation which, in the event, never took place.

The former Welsh Government minister who had been behind the planned  re-organisation of local authorities in Wales – Leighton Andrews (Labour Rhondda) – lost his seat in last week’s Welsh Assembly elections.

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One Response to CLLR MIKE CUDDY IS ELECTED THE NEW MAYOR OF PENARTH

  1. Please note that Cllr. Tracey Alexander has resigned from the executive committee of the Penarth Civic Society and is no longer the Deputy Chair of the Society. The Deputy Chair is now Jill Penn.

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