THE MAYOR of Evesham Coun Fred Kaler has described being elected to the role for a second year as a ‘privilege and an honour.’
Coun Kaler will now remain in post until May 2017 after he received the unanimous backing of councillors at an annual Evesham Town Council meeting on Monday (May 9).
Also at the ceremony, Coun Richard Jones, who first joined the council in 2007, was also elected as the town’s deputy Mayor.
During his acceptance speech, Coun Kaler made a passionate plea to see the young and old come together and to not forget the vulnerable within Evesham’s community.
“It’s been a privilege and an honour to serve our community as mayor and I assure you it’s a far greater privilege to serve for a second term,” Coun Kaler said.
“I’m always conscious of the great historic past of Evesham and its heritage something we should continue to exploit and encourage, not only for residents, but for tourists as well.
“The Town Plan, for which it has its critics I agree with, but I along with the majority of the community wish to see our town become live and vibrant and a major attraction for residents and visitors alike.
“We must treat the Town Plan as a living document, build on it, take away anything that’s bad in it and take a pragmatic approach and move forward.
“We must continually see it as a living document and being conscious when planning our future and not to take a negative approach to what is happening today.
“If we leave the wrongs of today to fester that would disjoint our plan for the future.
“I shall continue to stride to bring the young and the 50 plus in our community together in the ambiance of understanding each others needs and aspirations. As I said last year this is not an easy task.
“We should not forget the vulnerable in our community and it is something we should continue to look at,” he added.