New leader for Wellingborough Council appointed

New Wellingborough mayor Cllr Malcolm Waters receiving the chain from outgoing mayor Cllr Barry Graves
New Wellingborough mayor Cllr Malcolm Waters receiving the chain from outgoing mayor Cllr Barry Graves

A new leader has taken charge of Wellingborough Council.

Cllr Martin Griffiths’ appointment as leader for the authority was rubber-stamped at the council’s annual meeting last night (Tuesday).
He replaces Cllr Paul Bell, who has been council leader since 2011 but will continue to represent the Redwell ward, and Cllr Tom Partridge-Underwood will be the deputy leader.

The appointments were finalised on the same night as Cllr Malcolm Waters took over as mayor of Wellingborough from Cllr Barry Graves.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr John Bailey said Cllr Waters was one of a very small group of councillors to become mayor for a second time, and said: “I am confident that the office of mayor could not be in better hands, and I am also confident that Cllr Veronica Waters will make an excellent mayoress.

“Cllr Waters knows what he is talking about and his judgement is very sound.”

Leader of the Opposition Cllr Andrew Scarborough seconded Cllr Bailey’s nomination for Cllr Waters, and said: “It’s a rare honour in this borough to be given a second go at being mayor.

“Very few people get that opportunity.”

Cllr Partridge-Underwood spoke of the outgoing mayor and said: “This borough has an awful lot to thank Cllr Graves for in the last year.”

He also referred to Cllr Graves and wife Pauline as ‘the mayor and mayoress of the people.”