It continues a privilege to be Mayor of Silloth-on-Solway, especially when I receive many comments from visitors and local members of the public on how well the town is looking.
The extreme weather the country endured this year has been extremely detrimental for the County. Luckily the town escaped any serious pockets of flooding. Flood prevention bags were made available in the town for members of the public if required.
The main concern was keeping the roads open, especially along the coast during this horrific weather. I have worked with the County Council to continue funding coastal defences, allowing this road to be maintained and opened as soon as possible.
After numerous discussions with the bus operator, the local daily bus service to Maryport was saved. This will continue, incorporating a new published time table and visits Cockermouth. I must stress that this service must be used, to continue making it a viable option and sustainable service, as there is no public money available to support these services. So in my words “Use it or lose It” during these difficult times.
The town continues to move forward positively with the support from the Town Council members, local community helpers and the dedicated staff, who continue maintaining The Green and all of the town’s assets.
The town this year has been nominated as a finalist in the national “Britain in Bloom” competition, to be judged in August of this year. This is a great achievement for our coastal town.
This year saw the refurbishment of the rose garden with the fantastic new “Bee garden” being established, the renovation of the Skinburness shelter and new Victorian style lights soon to be installed along the Green footpath.
It is upsetting that there is an element of Vandalism in certain areas throughout the town which is detrimental to the landscape. This costs the Council, with local tax payers resources used to repair the damage. The Police and schools are aware of this and are continuing to monitor the situation.
Denise and I continue to represent Silloth-on-Solway and have attended many civic duties throughout the year. Once again we held a civic service for the town which was well attended by numerous organisations from all over the county.
The annual events in the town continue to prosper and attract many visitors, no more than the town being honoured last year with the Tour of Britain Cycle ride coming through Silloth. This event stimulated the community, ably co-ordinated by Silloth Rotary and Inner wheel members, to formulate the construction of the largest human cycle on the Green and being awarded with a plaque and published in the Guinness Book of Records.
It has been another great year and I have enjoyed serving the town to the best of my ability.
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