A resident of the town for more than twenty years, I continue to be delighted by the many visitors and newer residents who share my view that we are blessed to live in an historic town with so many attractions. It is an honour and a privilege, therefore, to be the town’s leading representative for the next twelve months. It is a particularly special year, as we welcome the residents of the former Roundway Parish into Devizes. Joining together has created a Council which has the resources to take on new challenges which are facing the town, but is still able to react to the needs of the community. Having the capacity to take on those services and assets, which can no longer be managed by Wiltshire Council, in a financially effective and practical way will be critical if we are to ensure that we can maintain the character of our town.
My priorities for our work at the Town Council include creating some new initiatives to combat littering and dog-fouling in the town and working with Wiltshire Council to improve Air Quality. Is essential that we continue to work with our neighbouring parish on the ongoing development of the Neighbourhood Plan, particularly in regard to the securing areas of ‘green space’ for leisure use within the town. We also have a growing relationship with the 2nd Military Intelligence Regiment at Trenchard Lines in Upavon and I would like to develop that affiliation further as I believe we have a lot to offer each other.
I am looking forward to my year as Mayor and being able to raise funds for my chosen charities – Alzheimer’s Support Group, Wiltshire Mind and SSAFA.
Councillor Nigel Carter
Mayor of Devizes