MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL LUTTERWORTH TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON 15 MAY 2007
AT THE TOWN HALL, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M
Present The Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Geraldine Robinson
The Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Griff Jones
Councillor J Ackerley, N Ackerley, E Derrick, R Dewes,
P McVay, A Palmer, B Piper, K Seymour, J Turner
and M Willey
39 ELECTION OF TOWN MAYOR FOR 2007-08
Proposed by Councillor Jones and seconded by Councillor Derrick that
Councillor John Turner be elected to the Office of Town Mayor for the year
There being no other nomination, the Town Mayor declared that Councillor
John Turner be elected to the office of Town Mayor for 2007-08.
Councillor Turner made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office as Town
Councillor Turner presented the retiring Mayor with a Past Town Mayor’s
40 VOTE OF THANKS TO THE RETIRING TOWN MAYOR
Councillor Jones spoke of Councillor Robinson’s commitment to the town,
having lived and worked in Lutterworth all her life.
Reference was made to the many activities for the Town Council and
community Councillor Robinson had been involved in during her year of office,
which included her role as a Town Estate Trustee, District Councillor and school
Congratulations were offered to Geraldine for her successful participation in
the Sky News documentary which tied in with ‘Green Britain’ week.
In closing, Councillor Jones thanked Councillor Robinson for taking very
seriously her role as Town Mayor, attending numerous formal and informal
events. A special mention was made to David Robinson who so loyally
supported Geraldine throughout.
41 RESPONSE BY THE RETIRING TOWN MAYOR
Councillor Robinson thanked Councillor Jones for his kind words and spoke of a
very enjoyable year of office, thanking both fellow councillors and staff for
In a light-hearted speech Councillor Robinson touched on some of her most
embarrassing moments in her year of office.
Councillor Robinson stated that there were simply too many enjoyable
occasions to mention but that her most prestigious occasion had to be the trip
to the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium with the Lutterworth Royal British Legion,
whereby she had the honour of reading out the homage.
Councillor Robinson thanked all who had made her most welcome at civic
functions, her husband David who had been a tower of support throughout
the past year, the Town Clerk, Hannah Gupwell for running the office
professionally and assisting where necessary, and finally the Town Council for
their complete support in making her year of office such a success.
Councillor Robinson finished by stating that a politician once said ‘It is every
man’s duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his town better than he
found it’ and she feels that Lutterworth as a Council achieved this over the last
42 APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY TOWN MAYOR
Proposed by Councillor Amanda Palmer and seconded by Councillor Richard
Dewes that Councillor Ken Seymour be appointed as Deputy Town Mayor for
There being no other nominations, the Town Mayor declared Councillor Ken
Seymour be elected to the office of Deputy Town Mayor for 2007-08.
The Town Mayor presented Councillor Seymour with the Deputy Town Mayor’s
badge of Office and Councillor Seymour made his Declaration of
Acceptance of Office.
43 TOWN MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Councillor Turner thanked fellow Councillors for their support and confidence
and spoke of his surprise and pleasure at becoming the Town Mayor.
Commiserations were passed to Councillor Jones, who had felt the need to
withdraw from accepting the Chairmanship.
Councillor Turner spoke of his fondness for Lutterworth, having lived and
worked in the town for the past thirty-three years, and spoke of the many
reasons which make Lutterworth a terrific place to live and a town to be proud
Councillor Turner touched on the physical fabric of the town and there was
also mention of Lutterworth’s vibrant community, which consisted of many
sports and arts clubs, societies and charity organisations. Councillor Turner
thanked these groups who understood that communities don’t just happen
but that they need to be worked at and contributed to.
Councillor Turner expressed disappointment at the fact that only twelve
members of the community had come forward out of a population of
approximately 9,000 to fill the sixteen Town Council seats, and expressed hope
that the Town Council can convince the community over the next four years
that this is the sort of activity that they would wish to be involved in.
Traffic and pollution were highlighted as the remaining key issues, plus mention
of developing the social and commercial heart of the town to accommodate
the needs of pedestrians, encouraging shopping and socialising without the
use of cars, meeting the needs of young people to reduce anti-social
behaviour and to carefully guard the Cottage Hospital and allotments.
Councillor Turner advised that it was hoped to achieve these aims through the
recently completed Lutterworth: Vision and Masterplan Study and the close
joint working relationship between Lutterworth Town Council and Lutterworth
Encouraging initial signs were identified including Leicestershire County Council
taking Lutterworth’s traffic issues more seriously than previously, the Station
Road car park refurbishment and the external illumination of the Town Hall.
Councillor Turner advised that his Town Mayor’s Appeal would be in support of
projects that enhance the visual appearance of the town and concluded by
stating that there was a lot for Lutterworth to look forward to and it was a great
privilege to be the Chairman of Lutterworth Town Council for the next twelve
44 APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS
RESOLVED to defer this item until the first full Town Council meeting.
45 COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2007-08
RESOLVED to approve the received Town Council meeting dates.