Councillor Keith Gregory, representative for Smithfield ward on Wrexham Council and Caia Park community councillor said he is thinking of doing away with the position of Mayor who is getting paid for about £21,375 according to the salary listed on the council’s website. This would save the cash-strapped authority money saving .
However, Wrexham Council’s leader said that the people of Wrexham have always “welcomed and embraced” the non-political civic head and that the role itself has raised many tens of thousands of pounds for the charity over the years.
Councillor Gregory said that any decision about the future of the mayoral role would involve the opinions as many local people as possible. Wrexham council gives the 34 community councils to take on the running costs of some facilities or potentially face closing them, it makes Councillor Gregory deeply concerned with the situation.
The Leader reported school crossing patrols, community centres and play areas will all face the axe unless community councils can take over the running costs. Since the Leader broke the story, Councillor Gregory has been approached by many residents questioning whether it was time to look at the need for Wrexham to continue having the ceremonial figurehead of a Mayor.
That’s whom he started to think about a debate involving as many townsfolk as possible to ask that when in times of austerity they should carry on with a Mayor.
Wrexham Council aim to save money on items such as services for young children like the school crossings patrol and the play areas which are really needed in their country, so for them to continue, Councillor Gregory will recommend doing away with the mayor role to save money, which is more practical than eliminating important services for the public especially the young children. He stresses his call for the debate is not an attack on the present mayor or any of his predecessors.