Amanda Moriarty was unanimously re-elected mayor of Stroud Town Council. John Marjoram returned as deputy mayor.
Amanda, a professional glass maker, during her first year as mayor was active in calling for improving resurfacing to the high street and has led the council in its campaigns against proposed changes to the NHS and the incinerator at Javelin Park.
The town council has also been adamant in its opposition against building homes in the Slad Valley, especially in Baxter’s Fields.
Now Amanda has pledged to tackle those issues that would make the town a better place to live.
They include the poor condition of the high street, restricted delivery times and disabled parking bays in the town centre, the “unsightly” bollards near Brewery Bridge and blocked drains.
“We want Stroud to be a thriving town and in order to be that, we must have a decent road network, be pedestrian friendly and have appropriate parking. They are all important,” she said.
She said the town council was proud of the success and growing popularity of Lansdown Hall. The council saved the hall by buying it in November 2010. Since then there has been considerable work and investment.
“Lansdown Hall is our community hall for Stroud. We hope the refurbishment continues apace. The trustees have applied for several grants which would allow the next phase of work to go ahead,” said Amanda.
The town council has also been vocal about changes to government funding of parish and town councils and the proposal to cap council budgets next year.
“Parish and town councils are the very grassroots of politics. Our government tells us it wants people to have more local control yet now it is considering restricting the very organisations which do just that.”