Local elections took place across the country on Thursday May 6th.
Slightly confusingly, there were 3 separate elections in our area: Town Council elections, Unitary (often referred to as County) elections, and elections for West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. The Town Council is made up of twelve members elected from the 3 electoral wards in Market Drayton. You can see a map of the town wards by going to the Shropshire Council website > Menu > Interactive Mapping > Shropshire maps. Of the freshly elected members, five are Conservatives, and seven are ‘Independents’ (i.e. with no allegiance to any political party). Five of the twelve councillors are new faces for the next electoral term.
Shropshire Unitary Election Results
(Market Drayton area)
Shropshire Council is a Unitary Authority made up of 74 seats. Its members are elected from ‘Divisions’ across Shropshire, excluding Telford and Wrekin. Market Drayton consists of two Unitary Divisions: West and East. The West Division consists of the North and South Wards of Market Drayton. The East Division contains Market Drayton East Ward plus an area to the east and north of the town as far as Woore. Three Councillors represent the two Market Drayton Divisions. They are: Roy Aldcroft (Conservative), David Minnery (Independent) and Ian Nellins (Conservative).
The results for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner are:
John-Paul Campion has been re-elected.
TOWN COUNCIL COVID MONUMENT
A monument to recognise the help and support provided by Market Drayton residents during the pandemic has been commissioned by Market Drayton Town Council. The plan first appeared on the Council agenda in July 2020, and it was agreed that a monument would be sourced locally. A budget of £3000 has been allocated, and planning permission has been granted for installation on ground at the back of the Library, beneath the town clock. It will take the form of a 1.4m (4ft 6ins) granite needle inlaid with text and a rainbow. The final design is being worked on and preparatory work is under way at Owen’s Memorials (Market Drayton). The inlaid text will read: ‘This monument was erected in recognition of the resilience, care and selfless efforts of the people of our community during the covid19 crisis.’
U3A Groups will be starting up again in the near future – Everyone is eager to get back to normal as soon as possible, and the committee will meet shortly to get the ball rolling. Thanks to all members for their forbearance and understanding during these difficult times. U3A in Market Drayton normally meets at the Festival Drayton Centre on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except August and December) Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm.
With many thanks – Sarah Pitt on behalf of the committee.