Cllr Jon Luxton (Labour Stanwell) – who has been a member of Penarth Town Council for only a year – was last night elected as the 125th Mayor of Penarth.
In making the formal nomination, Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) jokingly gave the impression he had not quite made up his mind at to which councillor to nominate for the honour. Cllr Wilson said “I would like to nominate Councillor …….[cue suspenseful pause for dramatic effect ] …. Jon Luxton” . This triggered laughter from councillors and from a large number of Cllr Luxton’s friends and family who were present .
In a nomination address Cllr Wilson said Jon Luxton had been born in Cardiff, grown up in St George’s Super Ely and had then attended Erw’r Delyn School in Penarth and St Cyres School. Cllr Wilson explained that “Jon – as you may or may not know – is a DJ on Radio Cardiff “ . Cllr Luxton, he said, broadcast on the station every Tuesday afternoon from 17:00 to 19:00.
Cllr Wilson said that Cllr Luxton is an avid Cardiff City supporter with a passion for politics and is a committed Labour supporter. [PDN Note: At every election Cllr Luxton erects what is easily the largest “Vote Labour” poster in Penarth outside his home in Windsor Terrace.]
Cllr Wilson said “Jon is an incredible man. If you think about the Equality Impact Assessments that we have in Wales, Jon and the people working with him have founded and formulated that” . This was an area in which Wales led the rest of the UK. Cllr Luxton, he said, was also “an entrepreneur” and championed “sexual equality as well as disability and gender equality”. Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines) seconded the nomination.
Cllr Luxton is a director of Cardiff Wales Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Mardi Gras, a director of Cognition Training Ltd and a shareholder of 4J Leisure Ltd . Apart from his home he has a beneficial interest in three other properties.
As is the tradition, Cllr Luxton was elected unanimously and without opposition, to applause in the chamber. He succeeds Cllr Ken Lloyd (Conservative Cornerswell). The new Mayoress will be Ms Jasne Colak.
In his acceptance speech Cllr Luxton announced that he had invited Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward) [who also became a member of the council for the first time last year] , to be his Deputy Mayor for the current 2018/19 municipal year. That will mean that Cllr Thomas will be expected to be automatically elected Mayor for 2019/2o. Cllr Thomas’s consort will be Ms Emma Ross .
Cllr Luxton said the Mayor’s Annual Civic Service would be held in the Paget Rooms [thus indicating that it will not be a religious service] .
Cllr Luxton paid tribute to the hard work of his predecessor as mayor, Cllr Ken Lloyd and his consort Mrs Georgia Bennett. He described Cllr Lloyd as having been “omnipresent” during a mayoral year in which the Mayor had met more people than “anyone else had come close to” .
There was an exchange of gifts to the incoming and outgoing mayors and the respective consorts were presented with bouquets of flowers.
The new Mayor announced that his chosen charities for 2018 – 2019 will be Pride Cymru, the SAFE Foundation and VCS Cardiff . [ PDN Note: The Charity Commission does not appear to have either “Pride Cymru” or “VCS Cardiff ” on its list of approved charities. There is an entity called VCS (Cymru) Limited which appears not to be registered with the Charity Commission but which operates the community station for which the Mayor works – Radio Cardiff . The Charity Commission “qualified” the 2016 accounts of the S.A.F.E. Foundation.]
The Town Clerk Emma Boylan then read out a list of the proposed chairs and vice-chairs of the main council committees for the next 12 months. They are:-
- Policy and resouces: Cllr Liz Fahy (Labour St Augustines) , Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)
- Community engagement and promotion : Cllr Laura Rochefort (Labour Cornerswell) , Cllr Ellie Evans (Labour Stanwell)
- Environment and planning : Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Auigustines) , Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)
- Events and Venues: Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines) , Cllr Ian Buckley (Cornerswell Ward)
The proposed names were all accepted without a vote being taken. As from today all councillors of all parties on Penarth Town Council are all members of all the committees with the exception of Cllr Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward). Cllr Gray is the chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee and therefore has absolved himself from sitting on the Penarth Town Council planning committee.