Trustees elect new deputy mayor of Grantham

Coun Ian Selby (centre) is dragged off by Coun Mike Cook (left), who recently resigned as deputy mayor, and newly elected deputy Coun Bruce Wells (right) to be robed as Mayor of Grantham last year. EMN-140626-143258001
Coun Ian Selby (centre) is dragged off by Coun Mike Cook (left), who recently resigned as deputy mayor, and newly elected deputy Coun Bruce Wells (right) to be robed as Mayor of Grantham last year. EMN-140626-143258001

A new deputy mayor of Grantham has been elected following the resignation of Mike Cook last week through ill health.

Coun Bruce Wells was elected as interim deputy mayor at a meeting of the Charter Trustees in the Guildhall last night. If Coun Wells is re-elected at the next district council elections in May he will become mayor of Grantham for 2015/16.

Mayor of Grantham Coun Ian Selby proposed Coun Wells for the position. Coun Selby told the meeting that Coun Wells was the longest serving Charter Trustee not to have been mayor of the town.

Coun Wells, who represents Harrowby ward, said: “I am sorry I am becoming deputy mayor through Mike’s ill health. My best wishes to him for good health.”

Coun Wells told the meeting he was born and bred in Grantham. He described himself as a “traditionalist” and said he stood for “community”. He added: “We are a community and politics should not come into the Charter Trustees. We are representing the people of Grantham and that’s how it should be. I would be proud to serve Grantham in the highest capacity I can.”

Coun Jacky Smith was also proposed for the position. Coun Wells won seven votes and Coun Smith five, but Coun Smith was elected as deputy mayor for 2015/16. She and Coun Jean Taylor both won six votes. Chairman Ian Selby used his casting vote and tossed a coin to choose between them.