Bromley Council have announced who will take over the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2015-16. The announcement came as the Council stated the austerity measures that had previously been put in place would be maintained for the upcoming year. This could see further services cut as budgets are reduced.
During their annual meeting last week, Bromley Council confirmed that Cllr Kim Botting would serve as mayor of the borough in 2015-16. The Conservative councillor represents the Orpington area and takes over from the incumbent mayor, Cllr Julian Benington. In addition, Cllr Alan Collins will fulfil the role of Deputy Mayor. The councillor for Kelsey and Eden Park replaces Cllr Kate Lymer.
Cllr Botting previously held the position of Chief Inspector within the Metropolitan Police. She retired form the force following 38 years of service and was the Met’s longest serving female police officer.
The Mayor is responsible for choosing two charities that will benefit from any fundraising activity that takes place during her term in office. Cllr Botting’s nominated charities are Connect, a charity that supports those suffering from the brain condition aphasia; and the National Brain Appeal, which fundraises on behalf of the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Both of these causes are important to the councillor, who made a full recovery following the discovery of a tumour.
Have you worked alongside either the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor in a previous capacity? What areas do you think they should focus on during their terms in office?