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'Let's work together to help our town thrive', says new Swaffham mayor

The new mayor of Swaffham says she wants to see the town improve and thrive as she steps up to the role.

Judy Anscombe was confirmed in office for the forthcoming year at the town council’s annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Stewart Bell was also elected as the town’s new deputy mayor during the session.

New Swaffham Mayor Judy Anscombe, right, and her deputy Stewart Bell.
New Swaffham Mayor Judy Anscombe, right, and her deputy Stewart Bell.

Mrs Anscombe said she was “proud and honoured” to take on the role and paid tribute to her predecessor, Jill Skinner, who served an extended two year term because of the coronavirus crisis.

She said: “No-one could have known the challenges we were to face when we were thrust into lockdown.

“Thank you for all your efforts, Jill, and your support to me.”

Mrs Anscombe told the meeting it was a crucial year ahead for the council as it is the third of the present four-year term.

She went on: “I want to work with my fellow councillors and staff, our ward councillors for Breckland and Norfolk and alongside people in the town to make sure that Swaffham not only recovers and survives, but that it improves and thrives too.

“The town is growing and we must provide for the next generation and the new families that are moving in.”

Mrs Anscombe highlighted a number of projects which she hopes will see the town move forward in the year ahead, including the recently announced feasibility study into the proposed acquisition of the Sacred Heart Barn Theatre and swimming pool, plus the review of the town council’s assets.

She said she also wants to work with Breckland officials on the delivery of market town development projects and the potential provision of new sport and leisure facilities.

The meeting, which was the first face to face town council meeting in 15 months because of the pandemic, was held at the town’s Assembly Rooms, instead of the council chamber at the town hall, to enable social distancing rules to be observed.

A limited number of members of the public were able to attend the session in person, while the proceedings were also livestreamed via Facebook.

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