Mayor’s Page


Councillor Steve Trinder
Wantage Town Mayor

It is a great honour for me to be elected as Mayor of Wantage, and to have the opportunity to represent the volunteers who make up the Town Council. I grew up in Wantage, and have traveled far and wide during my life, but have returned to enjoy all the town has to offer.

I would like to thank St.John Dickson for all the effort he has put in during the last Mayoral year,
and my fellow councillors and support staff for the work they do.

This promises to be another exciting year. We all know of the problems we face trying to stave off development in our rural setting. The Council will continue to give the town’s views, but as the building work that has already been approved progresses, we will ensure that we get the money due to Wantage to develop the services required to support the growing population.

Many good things are on the horizon which have come about due to the hard work and tenacity of members of Wantage Town Council.

Our Neighbourhood Plan is well underway and once in place this will help shape the future of development and ensure we get all of the monies due to the Town.

We have the resurfacing of the roads which has started with Charlton and will continue with the town centre and main access routes. The new Wantage Road Rail Bridge has been opened.

I hope to see the wobbly wall fixed so that we may once more safely access the town on good footpaths, and the long overdue refurbishment of the Park is now complete.

The Tennis Club have moved to their new site in the Memorial Park, and this is proving to be an excellent and well used facility.

This year we have:
The Summer Festival, Betjamin Festival and so many other events involving groups such as the Wantage Silver Band, Sweatbox the Morris Men and many more.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations over the weekend of 11th and 12th June, culminating with a live Queen Tribute Band in the Square on Sunday evening.

There is the Wantage Carnival once again organised by Ray Collins with his newly formed team.
The Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride and the MTB endurance event in July.

Later in the year we have Dickensian Evening organised by the Chamber of Commerce,
Carols around the tree at Christmas, and The Mummers play on Boxing Day.

So, there is plenty to do, and we will also continue our battles to deal with the underlying issues of litter, speeding vehicles and parking, which, by working together, we should be able to overcome.

I look forward to busy times ahead, and urge all of the people of Wantage to pull together to make it a memorable year for all of us.

Councillor Steve Trinder
Wantage Town Mayor