Well, it’s been a year of highs and lows for the council.
It’s been our unhappy experience to see the death of one of our sitting councillors, Wendy Evans who died after a long battle in September. She’ll be long-remembered for her valued contributions to the town and to the council. We wish her family well.
And so to our highs – I have to mention the Christmas Market which went extremely and unexpectedly well last year thanks to a crack team of councillors and locals who worked together to create a very memorable event, and will be doing so again this year.
Volunteers, and a little forced labour, have been busy keeping the wetlands well-tended and cared for, and Cae Bodfach seems to be planting itself solidly into the life of Llanfyllin, bringing together many sides in a great example of a shared outdoor space.
As Mayor I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many of our organisations. I’ve helped launch the Friends of St Myllin’s, opened the Listening Post at the Workhouse history centre, attended open days and exhibitions. I’ve helped dig holes on Greenhall Hill on what was, I’m pretty confident, the coldest day of the year, in the hope of seeing a new Lonely Tree grow and take its place overlooking the town.
Generally I’ve taken every and any opportunity to dress up in some very historic bling and clobber at the drop of a bicorn hat.
My chosen charity was once again The Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre. Through coffee mornings, Christmas Carols on the square and other events, the people of Llanfyllin have managed to raise over £1000 during the last year alone. As well as collecting a huge amount of toiletries and food for the occupants of the two refuges who find themselves suddenly displaced from their homes.
Together we’ve traversed a few crises – the threat of Library closure and car park charges, intransigent caravans, teen vandalism, the great dog poo crisis – which we’re still wending our way through, blocked toilets, a flooded car park and an overflowing well. Our Thursday market is hanging on in there with triple the number of stalls in the last few years – though only having one stall to start with certainly helps that statistic.
We’ve returned a balanced budget, we’ve kept the streets clean, the flowers tended and the benches in good repair. And we’ve kept the people informed and involved, if not always interested.
We’ve been in at the birth with the creation of a new entity in the North Montgomeryshire CIC community cluster – the first of its kind, which I hope will go on to be a good working solution to ease austerity and see the local community councils working side-by-side for everyone’s benefit.
We’ve experienced an exiting election battle, said our goodbyes and given our thanks to more than a few outgoing councillors, all of whom served with good grace and will be missed.
It’s the best we can hope for that after a year we leave Llanfyllin a little better than we found it – and I think we can certainly say we’ve managed that. ‘Da iawn chi.’
There’s lots to do and more challenges await, but with such an energetic and diverse group of people and with a new mayor I’m sure we’ll tackle them easily.
I offer my thanks to Cllr Stroud for taking on the role of Deputy Mayor and for his generous support. Thank you for giving me this chance to serve the town, and a massive thank you from the town to all of you that continue to give your time and effort selflessly.
Thus concludes the Mayor’s report for the year.
– Cllr David Goodman (outgoing Mayor)
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