New mayor and deputy are chosen

Cllr Helen Mallory
Cllr Helen Mallory

COUNCILLORS have selected the next mayor and deputy mayor for Scarborough.

Cllr Helen Mallory was the only candidate for the role of mayor, which will begin in May, and was unanimously accepted for the civic post.

There were two nominations for the deputy role – Cllrs Andrew Backhouse and Michael Jay-Hanmer – and the matter was decided by a paper ballot at Friday’s meeting of Scarborough Council.

Cllr Backhouse was the preferred choice following the vote.

The mayoral service budget has faced close scrutiny recently after it was identified as a possible area for the council to make budget cuts.

The council’s Resources Scrutiny Committee has recommended that the existing car and driver be replaced with private hire vehicles as well as a review of the number of events attended by the mayor and deputy.

There has been a mayor for Scarborough since 1836 – The mayor is the area’s first citizen and the Queen’s representative in the area.

The role became the borough mayor following the 1974 re-organisation of local government.