Corby councillor becomes mayor for second time

Peter McEwan, Corby mayor for 2015-16
Peter McEwan, Corby mayor for 2015-16

Cllr Peter McEwan has been chosen as the new mayor of Corby.

He has been a local councillor for 12 years and was mayor of Corby in 2008, making him the first councillor to be installed as mayor for a second term.

Cllr McEwan takes over from Cllr Anthony Dady, and will be mayor for the next year. His wife, Eleanor, will be mayoress.

Cllr Julie Riley was confirmed as the new deputy mayor, with her husband Bob Riley being named as her consort for the year.

Cllr McEwan said: ”Firstly I would like to thank Cllr Dady for the excellent work he has done throughout his year in office.

“He has been a dedicated and hard working mayor for the borough and has done a great job in supporting his chosen charities.

“I am delighted and honoured to be elected as mayor for 2015/16 and look forward to the many opportunities to work with the community.

“The theme for my year in office is going to be ‘health and wellbeing’.

“This is something I am very keen on promoting and something that everyone can get involved in.

“I want to show that small changes can make a big difference to your lifestyle and so I am beginning my year by growing my own vegetables, walking wherever possible and enjoying an activity such as golf once a week as an example of little life changes we can make to keep us healthier both physically and mentally.

“I hope that this inspires others to do the same.

“As chairman of the Woodland Management Group I know that Corby has some amazing places to walk so I am also keen to continue the fantastic improvements that have been made in our green areas throughout the borough and support the volunteers that do such a great job.

“As mayor of Corby I will also be raising money for two very worthwhile local charities – Teamwork and the air ambulance.

“Teamwork is an amazing charity that delivers a wide range of programmes for vulnerable adults who have mental illness, learning difficulties or physical disabilities.

“It provides access to a wide range of programmes that can help members achieve their goals, maintain well-being and increase skills.

“The trust is a lifeline to these individuals and an asset to Corby.

“The air ambulance service ensures highly skilled paramedics, doctors and pilots work together to provide advanced clinical care to patients before flying them to the most suitable hospital – giving them the very best chance of survival and recovery.

“This service is a vital service that truly saves lives in our borough.”

Also at the full council meeting on Thursday, May 28, Cllr Tom Beattie was formally re-elected as leader of the Corby Council.

Cllr Jean Addison was also re-elected as deputy leader.

Cllr Rob McKellar is leader of the Conservative group and Cllr David Sims is deputy leader.

The lead members are as follows:

Finance – Cllr Elise Elliston

Housing – Cllr Bob Eyles

Environment – Cllr Mark Pengelly

Community – Cllr John McGhee