Next deputy mayor elected by town council

The old courthouse on George Street, where the council meets.
The old courthouse on George Street, where the council meets.

The next Deputy Mayor of Pocklington was elected at a recent Pocklington Town Council meeting.

Former Pocklington mayor councillor Tony Marron will be deputy mayor for the year May 2016 - May 2017, and can take on the role of Pocklington mayor again the following year.

Councillor Tony Marron.

Councillor Tony Marron.

Councillor David Sykes, who is the current deputy mayor, will be handed the mayoral chains in May this year.

Also at the full council meeting, held at the old courthouse, on George Street, councillors received an update on the refurbishment of Pocklington Arts Centre.

Pocklington mayor Martin Ratcliffe said the project was nearly finished, with all the building work expected to be completed by last Friday. Councillors were told that contractor Hobson and Porter was working through a snagging list but that the finishing line was in sight. Final preparations will be carried out before an official opening takes place.

Coun Ratcliffe said: “There are plans for one or two opening events. They will be at a time when the public can look around. The official opening will probably be in June.”

He added: “I was amazed when I went round. The last time I went there was no paint on the walls, no carpets down, no bar in. But it was quite a revelation when I saw it.”

Coun Jeff Shepherd commented: “It has turned out better than I thought it would. It is awesome. It should be shown off as a showcase.”

Meanwhile, councillor Jill Sinton agreed to join the Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership as the town council’s representative.