New mayors elected for Wymondham and Attleborough
The new mayors of Wymondham and Attleborough have pledged to foster closer links and ensure the growth of the two towns benefit local people.
Karen Pettitt, who works as an administration assistant at Wymondham Town Council, was elected as the mayor of Attleborough Town Council this week.
Her employer also has a new mayor in the form of businessman Neil Ward, who works in the coffee industry.
Both have spoken of their pride at taking over the chairmanship reins at their town councils and said they would be championing what their towns had to offer.
Mrs Pettitt, 50, who has lived in Attleborough for almost 20 years and has worked for Wymondham Town Council for four years, said one of the key roles of her mayoral year will be campaigning for improved infrastructure and facilities ahead of a 4,000 home expansion of the town.
The mother-of-two, who has been a town councillor for four years, added that she would be supporting local shops and helping Attleborough Town Council to find more cemetery space.
'We have the same concerns about future growth as Wymondham. We want to make sure we have the right facilities in place as the new build happens and want to make sure the town gets what the town needs and we want to work with the people of the town.'
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'We are neighbours and both towns are very different, but there could be things we could tie up on and work together,' she said.
Mr Ward, 40, who has lived in the town for eight years and has been a town councillor since 2007, added that he would be calling on locals to use Wymondham's shops. He added that he supported plans for 2,200 new homes over the next 15 years, but the new development must be integrated with the town.
'We need to grow and we need to bring in new blood and create a more vibrant community and we want it done right and it has to be in a constructive manner. There has to be a rolling programme of benefits rather than something we see ten years down the line,' he said.
Former mayor Colin Foulger becomes deputy Wymondham mayor and Ray Reynolds is the new Attleborough deputy mayor.