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Grantham Mayor's election is postponed

The deputy Mayor of Grantham has announced she will not become Mayor of the town next year.

Coun Nikki Manterfield told a meeting of the town’s Charter Trustees on Wednesday that she could not take up the position in June because of family and work commitments.

Coun Manterfield told the meeting in the Guildhall: “I have really enjoyed my time as deputy mayor. Unfortunately this is the wrong time for me.”

The election of the next mayor and deputy was due to take place at the meeting but it was agreed to postpone the election until after the local council elections in May when Charter Trustees will be up for re-election to the district council.

Meanwhile the Trustees discussed the future of the Belvoir Hunt’s Boxing Day meet in Grantham.

Mayor of Grantham Lynda Coutts described the last event as a ‘farce’ after she decided not to greet the hunt outside the Guildhall, as is tradition, and keep the Parlour closed on the day. The meet went ahead in Riverside Pastures instead of St Peter’s Hill and was attended by hundreds of supporters and anti-hunt protesters.

Coun Coutts said people seemed quite happy to accept her decision but things will have to change in future.

Former Mayor Coun Mike Cook said previous hunt meetings had been ‘done on the nod’ and in future the Belvoir Hunt would have to fill in the necessary paperwork with regards to health and safety and road closures to make sure it went ahead. A meeting with the safety advisory board will take place later in the year.

Mayor of Grantham Coun Lynda Coutts, right, with her deputy Coun Nikki Manterfield. (6752555)
Mayor of Grantham Coun Lynda Coutts, right, with her deputy Coun Nikki Manterfield. (6752555)


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