New Mayor takes on role with pride

This Is Wiltshire: Mayor Teresa Page Mayor Teresa Page

THE new Mayor of Swindon officially took up her role yesterday at a special council meeting.

Councillor Teresa Page (Lab, Penhill and Upper Stratton) will now carry out mayoral duties for the next year, having spent the last twelve months as the Deputy Mayor.

She was first elected as a councillor in 1996, serving until 2004, and was then elected again at the 2012 elections.

The Irish-born mayor said she was looking forward to the year ahead and could not wait to get started.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted and very proud to be Swindon’s mayor, not just for me but for everyone who was born in Ireland that lives in Swindon.

“This is something I have been looking forward to all year. In fact, once it’s over I don’t know what I’ll do but for now it’s about seizing the day.

“I am here to serve the people and represent Swindon. In my year as Deputy Mayor I have already met so many wonderful people and am looking forward to meeting even more.

“We are very lucky in Swindon as we have so many people who are willing to give their time for others. I hope my year goes smoothly and I can represent the people of Swindon as they want.”

As mayor, Coun Page has selected Prospect Hospice and the Goldenhar Family Support Group to support during her year, having heard about the case of Morgan Sharpe, who suffers from the birth defect syndrome.

She said: “I read about it and thought I have never heard of that. I asked around and quite a few other people hadn’t either so hopefully we can raise a bit more awareness this year.

“So few people have it in the country but having met Morgan I want to make people more aware of the good work the charity does.

“Prospect Hospice do such fantastic work in Swindon and the surrounding area it is good to be able to support them.”

Taking up the role of deputy mayor for the year is Coun Andrew Bennett (Con, Ridgeway).

He said: “I am looking forward to it a great deal and it is especially nice to represent one of the rural wards.

“ I will be working closely with the mayor and we will soon have a full calendar of duties.

“The important thing about this role is that it is not about me but going out and recognising the hard work of others.”

In a year’s time, Coun Bennett will step into the role of mayor for the following 12 months.

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12:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

“I am here to serve the people and represent Swindon. In my year as Deputy Mayor I have already met so many wonderful people and am looking forward to meeting even more.

We are all so please that your here to serve us too.

So how about starting with this.


Hi I was informed yesterday of a meeting that took place, with just the council and its mignons, at an eco-friendly sight in park north area.





Apparently there are a couple of these sites dotted around the town and they are owned by our illustrious leaders at the council.





Now apparently the tenants have been complaining about the excessively high costs to run these (eco-friendly, low cost houses).





It appears that several of them never even had the solar voltaic connected from the roofs and that the air-source heat pumps are not doing what it says on the can. This is because they also were not installed and commissioned correctly.





Now it appears that instead of getting the peeps who didn't do their jobs properly back to do what we the people paid them to do, that our specially trained leaders are going to rip out all the 7k each air source heat pumps and solar panels at about 8k a house out and put it all in a skip.





Sounds like another Ruddy Bluh type WI-FI fiasco looming?





It also appears that the council(sic) is now arranging for a gas supply to be put in on these sites at humungus cost, tens of thousands, and then pay for normal gas fired boilers to be fitted, also at humungus cost.





That's the pension fund done in again, and as there will now be a shortfall, they'll have to increase the rates.



Who authorised it to be installed?
Who commissioned it and said it was working perfectly.
Who designed the installation of these eco packs.
Who authorised my/our equipment to be de-installed and thrown away.
What was the total cost of this equipment, (under the freedom of information act)
Don't you just LOVE living in SWINDON Teresa.
“I am here to serve the people and represent Swindon. In my year as Deputy Mayor I have already met so many wonderful people and am looking forward to meeting even more. We are all so please that your here to serve us too. So how about starting with this. Hi I was informed yesterday of a meeting that took place, with just the council and its mignons, at an eco-friendly sight in park north area. Apparently there are a couple of these sites dotted around the town and they are owned by our illustrious leaders at the council. Now apparently the tenants have been complaining about the excessively high costs to run these (eco-friendly, low cost houses). It appears that several of them never even had the solar voltaic connected from the roofs and that the air-source heat pumps are not doing what it says on the can. This is because they also were not installed and commissioned correctly. Now it appears that instead of getting the peeps who didn't do their jobs properly back to do what we the people paid them to do, that our specially trained leaders are going to rip out all the 7k each air source heat pumps and solar panels at about 8k a house out and put it all in a skip. Sounds like another Ruddy Bluh type WI-FI fiasco looming? It also appears that the council(sic) is now arranging for a gas supply to be put in on these sites at humungus cost, tens of thousands, and then pay for normal gas fired boilers to be fitted, also at humungus cost. That's the pension fund done in again, and as there will now be a shortfall, they'll have to increase the rates. Who authorised it to be installed? Who commissioned it and said it was working perfectly. Who designed the installation of these eco packs. Who authorised my/our equipment to be de-installed and thrown away. What was the total cost of this equipment, (under the freedom of information act) Don't you just LOVE living in SWINDON Teresa. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -2

6:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

stratton man says...

Another Immigrant suggest you address your gripes to the Tory Cabinet member responsible for Housing.On thread I congratulate Mayor Page we need someone who will remove the stink left by the last Mayor.Hopefully future comments made in the national press will reflect a more positive image of the town.
Another Immigrant suggest you address your gripes to the Tory Cabinet member responsible for Housing.On thread I congratulate Mayor Page we need someone who will remove the stink left by the last Mayor.Hopefully future comments made in the national press will reflect a more positive image of the town. stratton man
  • Score: 4

11:50am Sun 8 Jun 14

Peter Mallinson says...

Congratulations Teresa, enjoy your year.
Congratulations Teresa, enjoy your year. Peter Mallinson
  • Score: 8

4:38pm Sun 8 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

Lets hope the position is carried with some dignity this time.

@anotherimigrant as above your point is worth getting to the right people. Go through the SBC web site but keep a record of all mails sent screen grabs if needed.
I am sure if you do not get a satisfactory answer one of out local journo`s would be happy to help.
Lets hope the position is carried with some dignity this time. @anotherimigrant as above your point is worth getting to the right people. Go through the SBC web site but keep a record of all mails sent screen grabs if needed. I am sure if you do not get a satisfactory answer one of out local journo`s would be happy to help. IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Hopefully the new Mayor can bring some credibility back to the job. The previous Mayor acted disgracefully in his privileged position and made a mockery of the role.
Hopefully the new Mayor can bring some credibility back to the job. The previous Mayor acted disgracefully in his privileged position and made a mockery of the role. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Richard Symonds says...

Peter Mallinson wrote:
Congratulations Teresa, enjoy your year.
Hear hear!!

I think she will do an excellent job and reintroduce some order and humour to Council.
[quote][p][bold]Peter Mallinson[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Teresa, enjoy your year.[/p][/quote]Hear hear!! I think she will do an excellent job and reintroduce some order and humour to Council. Richard Symonds
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