New Mayor hails positive schemes for the town

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Dunstable’s new Mayor is Cllr. Peter Hollick.

The former barrister and teacher was officially elected in a ceremony at All Saints Academy on Monday.

In his acceptance speech Cllr Hollick said: “There are so many positive pointers to the immediate future. The major developments are the A5-M1 link road and the Woodside connection joining at a new J11A, due to open in the spring of 2017. We will be able to redesign our town centre making it a properly people orientated place and encourage more businesses back into and around the High Street.

“A new highways and household recycling facility is being built at Thorn Turn to replace French’s Avenue domestic waste tip and the Brewer’s Hill roads depot; Creasey Park Community Football Centre, managed by the Town Council, flourishes; Priory House Heritage Centre, owned by the Town Council with its gift shop, information centre and Tea Rooms is as popular as ever; Priory Gardens and Grove House Gardens, both a credit to the Town’s garden team, both boasting green flags recognising them as being of high quality.”

“On top of that the Town put in a bid to Central Bedfordshire’s Market Town Regeneration Fund. Subject to Central Bedfordshire Council Executive approval, we will be able to improve many shop fronts, build a splash park and develop a new catering facility in the Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground, bring new signage around the town, introduce a new enhanced town centre cleansing service, create new town entrance features, enhance some of our most imposing buildings with new architectural lighting, and hopefully assist the new owners of the Quadrant shopping centre to improve the look and facilities on offer.”

The Mayor’s charities are Signpost, Dunstable Sea Cadets and Sorted

The Deputy Town Mayor is Councillor Gloria Martin