Mayor will help town’s youngsters

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A TOWN’S new mayor has pledged to spend the next year raising money to help young people in her town.

Cllr Sheila Mantle has served on Higham Ferrers Town Council for five years and has just become the town’s new mayor.

Cllr Mantle said: “I’m really honoured to become the town’s mayor especially as it’s the Diamond Jubilee year and there will be lots of exciting events going on in the town.

“I’ve decided during my year in office I want to do what I can to help young people here, such as the guides, the cadets or youth clubs. I think in general young people get a raw deal so I thought it would be good to support them.”

During the town’s mayor-making meeting, Cllr Alan Dunn was elected as deputy mayor and Cllr Derek Lawson MBE became the council’s first ever leader with Cllr Anna Sauntson as his deputy.

Cllr Lawson is the longest serving member of Higham Ferrers Town Council, represents the town on Northamptonshire County Council and is a former member of East Northamptonshire Council.

As one of his first duties he is promoting the town’s Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire which will help shape the area’s future over the next five to 10 years.

He said: “The mayor and I urge all residents to complete the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire which has just been delivered to every household in the town. It’s important we have as many responses as possible and all ideas will be considered. 

“The feedback we get will point us in the right direction and although we cannot expect to deliver everything immediately we can set a programme of what we want to achieve over a period of time.

“Please enter into the spirit of the concept and give us your ideas for a better, safer and more prosperous town in the future.”

The questionnaire will find out what sort of housing people want, what their views are on car parking, what demand there is for allotments and whether the town should develop on the other side of the A6 towards Chelveston.

It is available at

Closing date for responses is June 5.