New Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Dayley Lawrence
BSTC - 25th May 2023
At Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual Town Council Meeting held on Wednesday 17th May 2023, being the first meeting of the newly elected Town Council, Councillor Dayley Lawrence was elected by the Council to the position of Mayor of Bradley Stoke/Chair of the Town Council. New Councillor, Natalie Field (representing the Labour Party) was elected as Deputy Mayor/Vice-chair of the Town Council.
The Town Council comprises fifteen elected councillors (7 Labour party, 6 Conservative party, 1 Liberal Democrat party and 1 Green party representatives).
Councillor Dayley Lawrence said “It is an absolute honour to be elected the first Labour Mayor of Bradley Stoke. Being the first citizen of Bradley Stoke is something that really makes me proud of the town where I live. I thank Cllr Jon Williams for proposing me and would also like to thank the residents of our town that voted for change on our council. I am committed to working with all councillors to make our town a great place to live and work. After a turbulent year or two, it’s refreshing to see a new team around the table. A team that I believe can work together for our residents.”
Councillor Jon Williams, representing the Liberal Democrat party on the council and returning after a 12 year absence said “It’s great to be back on the council and I am looking forward to working with my fellow councillors to make the town council a more listening and responsive council than it has been for many years.”
Councillor James Nelson, representing the Green party added “The meeting was an opportunity to turn a page and I’m glad to have been there to make use of that opportunity. I’m glad we were able to have productive discussions on issues of key interest to all of us, if we keep this up then Bradley Stoke will be better off. I understand that the changes made may not be perfect and we may need to make amendments in future. But it’s worth giving change a try and that’s why I supported the new team and the new amendments to the standing orders. It was an eventful evening but I hope it will be simply the start of a new and better town council for Bradley Stoke.”
As his last action in the role of Mayor, outgoing councillor, Tony Griffiths presented cheques to the two recipients of the Mayor’s Charity for 2023/23. A total of £9,289.88 has been raised for the Mayor’s Charity over the past year, split equally between Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (£4,644.94) and St Peter’s Hospice (£4,644.94) with the money being raised through community events including the Festival, Scarecrow Trail and Fireworks Display. The representatives from both charities accepted their ceremonial cheques and thanked everyone for their support of the charities over the past year.