It is proposed that the current Fylde mayor, Councillor Angela Jacques, should remain in office for a further year, because of the current Coronavirus crisis. Councillor Richard Redcliffe, will also stay on for a second year in his role as her Deputy.
Her planned successor, Councillor Cheryl Little, will therefore take over this role twelve months later than anticipated. This means that Councillor Little, whose mayor-making ceremony was due to held next month, will now become mayor-elect for 2021/22. Her Conservative colleague Councillor Roger Small is set to be her deputy
This arrangement follows the protocol which is currently being followed by most local councils as so many meetings have been cancelled.
Councillor Jacques told the Blackpool Gazette that she would be delighted to stay on for a second year. She also said, ‘The support I have received this year has been excellent – thanks so much to everyone for their backing – but the year just ‘fizzled out’ in these unprecedented circumstances, which have really brought the best out of people. My thanks to all the key workers and my thoughts go out to those whose lives have been affected by the virus. I am thankful for living in such a wonderful place and representing the lovely caring people of Fylde.’
Councillor Jacques (pictured) is currently self-isolating in her home in St Anne’s.
Mayor-elect, Councillor Cheryl Little, who like Councillor Jacques is a former St Anne’s Town Mayor, said: ‘In the circumstances, it makes practical sense for the handover to be put back a year.’