Since then I have come to realise however that equally, if not more, important among our town’s virtues is the strength of our community and people’s commitment to keeping it a good place to live and work. It is therefore an especial honour and privilege to represent the community as Town Mayor for the next twelve months and to be able support those aspirations.
I hope to see work continue during the year on strengthening the role of our Town Council, through seeking transfer of both assets and services from Wiltshire Council, to enable greater resilience and responsiveness to the needs of the community by bringing decision making closer to the point where services are delivered. It is also my priority to continue to develop and strengthen our Neighbourhood Plan so that we have as great an influence as possible on our town’s future growth. We have already seen the benefits of the Neighbourhood Plan in relation to housing development, and it is time to extend that to look at future business needs and development as well as how we respond to the leisure and recreational needs of an expanding community. I will also be looking to maintain communication with our neighbouring Parish and Town Councils, so that we can identify common interests and benefit from sharing experience and good practice.
During my year as Mayor, I hope to be able to meet as many as possible of the community groups which make such a contribution to the life of the town and also to support and raise funds for my chosen charities – Devizes Opendoors, the Devizes and District Association for the Disabled and Wiltshire Sight.
Councillor Andy Geddes
Mayor of Devizes