New mayors get ready for office

New Mayor of Matlock Cllr Barry Hopkinson.
New Mayor of Matlock Cllr Barry Hopkinson.

Meet the new mayors of Matlock, Darley Dale, Wirksworth and Bakewell.

Members of each of the town councils elected their mayors last week.

New Mayor of Bakewell, Frank Hall.

New Mayor of Bakewell, Frank Hall.

Barry Hopkinson is entering his second term as Mayor of Matlock, having previously held the position in 2005-6.

The Matlock Green councillor said: “It’s really exciting. It’s always been my policy to support people in this lovely town that we live in. I’d like to think I’m a good listener and I’ll always be willing to listen to what people have got to say.

“I will certainly do my utmost to do the best that I can. I don’t care what political party they go to, we should be working together for the benefit of the town.

“If people have got ideas, I’m here to listen and support as many as possible to make Matlock a better place. Let’s keep Matlock and the surrounding area a nice area for the people who live here and the tourists who come here.”

Ingrid Pasteur,  Fresh Start councillor for the Darley Dale ward.

Ingrid Pasteur, Fresh Start councillor for the Darley Dale ward.

Cllr Hopkinson will be supporting two main charities during his year as mayor – Ashgate Hospice and soldiers’ charity Talking 2 Minds.

Darley Dale’s new mayor Ingrid Pasteur said she would like to ensure Darley Dale’s green spaces were protected and would help with the fight to safeguard Darley Birth Centre.

She said: “We will do our level best to keep it going here because people use it and enjoy it very much and it is not good to have a facility taken from the community.

“I think people don’t really think of belonging to Darley Dale and I’ve always had a big issue with that. It would be nice if people felt it was their community and we could make more of that.”

SP88915 Cllr Andy Pollock opens the new car park.

SP88915 Cllr Andy Pollock opens the new car park.

Ingrid said she hoped to continue the good work started by the town’s former mayor John Evans.

She added: “I would like to thank him for the tremendous work he has done to serve the people of Darley Dale.”

Frank Hall is starting his first term as Mayor of Bakewell.

He said: “I’m looking forward to representing Bakewell and working closely with organisations that are involved in decision-making processes that affect things in the town.

“I also want to raise the profile of Bakewell. There are one or two major projects that are in the offing, such as the opening of the Monsal Trail tunnels, that will bring thousands more visitors to the town. We’d like to improve the town’s infrastructre to cope with all the extra visitors.

“Bakewell is the only town in the Peak District National Park. It used to be the jewel in the crown, but we all feel that it could do with shining up a bit, so we’ve got a working party aimed at trying to get the whole of Bakewell smartened up.

“I’ve got 12 months and there’s a lot to fit in.”

Andy Pollock has been elected Mayor of Wirksworth for the second year running.

He said: “It’s always an honour to be elected the mayor of the town you live in. It’s going to be a pleasure to be able to serve the community again for the next 12 months.”

Cllr Pollock outlined his plans for the year.

He said: “I’ll be looking to work in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council on the improvement plans for Gorsey Bank recreation ground and we’ll be adding some play equipment.

“We’ve also just refurbished Wirksworth Town Hall and we’re wanting to get the people of Wirksworth to see the town hall as the heart of the community.

“We’ll be using it for all sorts of different events.

“We’re also working on producing a town plan to find out what people want to see in Wirksworth.”