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Mayor’s Page

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Councillor Steve Trinder
Wantage Town Mayor

I have been Mayor of Wantage a year now, and what an honour and privilege it has been.

During this time we have seen the new Tennis Club open, the Park has been refurbished, and the ‘Wobbly Wall’ has been fixed. Some of our Roads have been resurfaced, the Betjeman Bust has been installed and the Grove Rail Bridge has been replaced.

Another project which has been completed is the production of a series of walking and cycling route cards to encourage both local people and visitors to explore our Town and the surrounding area. These cards are currently available at the Vale and Downland Museum, and we are hoping to have them available in an App in the not too distant future.

In June I was invited to cut a cake to celebrate 40 years of the Wantage Country Market. This is held every Friday morning in the Museum, and there is always a tempting array of fare on offer.

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The Town Council put on a weekend of entertainment for the Queen’s 90th Birthday, the Summer and Betjeman Festivals took place, and our first ever Comicon event was held at The Beacon. All were very well attended, and these were just a small part of the vast array of activities throughout the year.

This year we have planned an event for Armed Forces day on 25th June.
It will be a great day out for the family and will once again feature the Queen Tribute band The Bohemians.

In July I took part in the Wantage to Winchester bike ride, and met their Mayor at the other end. The ride will be held again this year on Sunday 16th July if you fancy joining us. The organisers and others from Winchester are keen to help us enhance our ‘Alfred Experience’ in conjunction with theirs, and I will be engaging with them to see what we can do.

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To help the Town Council make better provision for our younger generations we now have  Wantage Youth Town Counci. Local pupils in secondary education can choose to stand as candidates, and elections are then held across the school sites to elect the Youth Councillors. They then meet monthly to debate local issues and are given a budget to supports grants for youth oriented projects. This gives them an insight into the electoral process, and the workings of the Council at a local level. They also report to the Town Council which in turn can act on their suggestions and recommendations.

The Youth Town Council have recently approved funding for the Tugwell Fields football pitches, and accessibility to Drama productions for the younger generation. Another round of elections has recently taken place, and we look forward to working with the newly elected members.

I became Mayor of Wantage with the hope of keeping our Town as great as it is, and hopefully improving it in some ways. The Town Council have been working hard to reduce litter, find a solution to the parking problems, and reduce speeding to make our roads safer. We will continue working on these problems and are always happy to hear from you about local issues.
If we all work together the future of Wantage is bright.

Councillor Steve Trinder
Wantage Town Mayor

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