New mayor's vision for Mansfield's future

VICTORIOUS new mayor Tony Egginton spelled out his vision for the future of Mansfield just minutes after his landmark leadership victory in the early hours on Friday.

VICTORIOUS new mayor Tony Egginton spelled out his vision for the future of Mansfield just minutes after his landmark leadership victory in the early hours on Friday.

His Independent manifesto for the next four-and-a-half years in office promises to keep Council Tax down and modernise the council process by 'returning the Government of the town to local people'.

His historic election as the town's first every directly elected US-style mayor brought to an end almost 30 years of Labour control

And speaking just moments after his landmark win, Mr Egginton said: "It's great and it's a wonderful feeling, and I am very proud and very privileged to be the first new-style mayor of Mansfield.

"I will aim to do the best I can for the people of Mansfield. I have never hidden behind the fact that I will elect a cross-party cabinet that is representative of all political parties.

"At the end of the day it will be the best team to take Mansfield forward to where it belongs, the premier town in the East Midlands - and, indeed, a premier town in the whole of England."

The Independent candidate claimed 5,951 votes overall 4,150 from the first count plus 1,801 added from the second count beating Labour candidate Lorna Carter by 588 votes.

Now the 51-year-old former miner's son's election as a US-style mayor will give him the power to provide leadership of the council which will include proposing policies and annual budgets for councillors to debate.

Mansfield-born Mr Egginton, a former national president of the Newsagents' Federation, hopes his historic victory will pave the way to change the town's political landscape and encourage more residents to stand as Independent candidates in future council elections.

And as well as pledging to keep Council Tax to a level between inflation and the Government's guidelines, Mr Egginton also wants to target street litter and plough more money into the district's Christmas Lights Scheme.

But he said: "What I do need is the help and assistance of the people of Mansfield who have put me in this position and certainly the existing people around that council chamber."