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Hunstanton mayor Michael Ruston aims to boost younger generations after being re-elected

Hunstanton’s mayor is hoping to improve the lives of young people in the town after being re-elected for a second term.

At last week’s annual Hunstanton Town Council meeting, Cllr Michael Ruston was elected as chair and mayor for another term - while Cllr Maureen Howard will serve as deputy chair and mayor. - I enjoyed last

Cllr Ruston told the Lynn News: “I am pleased - I enjoyed last year.

Hunstanton mayor Michael Ruston, pictured at a Remembrance event in the town, has been re-elected for a second year
Hunstanton mayor Michael Ruston, pictured at a Remembrance event in the town, has been re-elected for a second year

“It is a nice compliment from my fellow councillors for them to want me to be their chair again.

“I have got the opportunity to build on what has been achieved in the last year.”

Among Cllr Ruston’s key personal aims is boosting conditions for young people in Hunstanton, whether it be through their job opportunities or living options.

He says he has been “very concerned” about the issue for a number of years.

“We need to be talking about housing, and we need to be talking about employment options,” he said.

“Young people are the future. A lot of town councils tend to overlook that and think about what they want, rather than what young people want.”

Cllr Ruston aims to improve the number of jobs in the technology sector available for younger generations, giving them a reason to stay in the area rather than move away.

From a planning perspective, he hopes to be able to jump through the “hoops” preventing more affordable homes being built in the town.

“We need more housing that younger people can afford to rent or buy,” he said.

“I feel very strongly about the needs of the younger generation.”

Following a discussion with a young bar worker at a Hunstanton pub a few nights ago, Cllr Ruston says he would like to see people like her get involved with the council - offering a unique perspective on town issues.

There are currently five vacant spaces on the council.

All in all, however, Cllr Ruston is excited for another year in his role.

“We have got a harmonious council,” he added.

“Long may that continue, because that is the only way to achieve things.”

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