The new Mayor of Sleaford has dropped his allegiances to the Conservative Party for the remainder of his time on Sleaford Town Council.
Outgoing Mayor Keith Dolby said in nominating Coun Garry Titmus: “No-one has worked harder and more conscientiously for Sleaford Town Council than Garry Titmus.”
A letter was then read out by Coun Dolby in which Coun Titmus admitted over the past four years it had become clear to him political parties had little relevance to parish councils.
He wrote: “I wish it to be known I will serve as an independent member through the rest of my time on Sleaford Town Council.” He said his loyalties will lie with the Town Council and the residents of his Quarrington ward.
When quizzed why he had not declared it before the local elections he said he had been nominated by the Conservative Party for “purely practical ease”. He was elected by a majority vote and promised to work even harder for those who did not vote for him.
Coun Mark Suffield then defeated Coun Jan Mathieson by eight votes to seven to be elected Deputy Mayor.
After the meeting Coun Titmus told The Standard the council has an opportunity to be both “proactive and positive” in its contribution to the future regeneration of Sleaford and said it and North Kesteven District Council must start working together to achieve success.
He said: “We will look forward to helping to shape the decisions with our contributions which will be offered always with the best interests of the residents of Sleaford foremost in our minds.”
There is still a vacancy for a councillor on the Quarrington ward and expressions of interest for co-option have been invited. Those that do will be required to attend a meeting to make a short presentation to members and those that do not will not see their application taken forward.