Mayor’s term extended
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will serve an extended term in the role until May 2021 due to the continuing challenges and uncertainty over the coronavirus lockdown.
Erewash Borough Council was due to hold its Annual General Meeting and Mayor-making ceremony on Thursday 14 May but this will not now take place – it has been cancelled under regulations introduced earlier this month that removed the requirement for local authorities to hold annual meetings.
The move means Councillor Beardsley will continue in the civic role for a further 12 months while Councillor Donna Briggs will continue as the Deputy Mayor until May next year.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“To see a Mayor serve for two consecutive years is probably a first for many councils that have made the same decision, but these are exceptional times.
“The last couple of months of this term has seen events cancelled due to coronavirus and the start of the new term is also adversely affected. So this decision means Councillor Beardsley can continue with her duties for another year and Councillor Briggs can look forward to mayor-making next year and, if elected, enjoy a full year in the role.”