At Monday night’s Full Town Council meeting (12 April) former Mayor, Lisa Farrell was elected to serve as Mayor Mark Cooper’s Deputy for the 2021-22 period, which should mean that she will then become Mayor (for the second time) for the following year – May 2022-23.
Cllr Hall proposed Lisa whilst Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton nominated Cllr Don Heath. Voting was close but Cllr Farrell was elected by a majority of nine votes in her favour to six for Cllr Heath.
“Thank you” was Cllr Farrell’s immediate response to all Councillors, adding: “I think that Councillor Heath is one of the great Councillors”. Cllr Heath was very gracious in defeat, but, as Mayor Mark Cooper commented “I think we’ll see a lot more of Councillor Heath in years to come.”
Councillor Farrell achieved many notable successes during her first term. Enabling the Youth Centre to be in a position to re-open was one, even though the actual re-opening didn’t happen until the following year in Mayor Hall’s tenure of office. The creation and opening of the new Cooper’s Meadow play area was another, along with numerous other notches marked up on the mace of office.
When asked about key goals for her next term, Lisa was clear about one aim which is to get all of the schools around this area, Primary and Secondary, Private and State, in Marlborough, the surrounding villages and Pewsey talking and working together. Something that she started in her first term but something she sees as a real benefit to all pupils, irrespective of age, status or location.