Flitwick Town Mayor for 2022/2023 is Cllr Andy Snape. Cllr Snape was elected for a second term at the Annual Statutory Meeting in May. You can get in contact with him here.
The Town Mayor is elected annually each May by members of Flitwick Town Council at its Annual Statutory Meeting. The Town Mayor holds office until immediately after the election of the Town Mayor at the next annual meeting of the Council, even though they may not have been re-elected as a councillor.
The Town Mayor is the Chairman of the Town Council and will generally preside over Town Council meetings. The Mayor is responsible for ensuring that meetings are properly conducted and facilitates the resolution of clear, legal decisions. In addition, the Mayor will ensure that all councillors have an opportunity to contribute to the debate, that all discussion is kept to the point, and that business is transacted efficiently.
The Mayor votes like any other councillor, but if there is an equality of votes, they can use a second casting vote. Apart from this, the Mayor does not make decisions for the Council. The Council is a corporate body with collective responsibility.
The Town Mayor is supported by a Deputy Mayor who steps in on their behalf in their absence. The Deputy Mayor for 2022/2023 is Cllr Clare Thompson.
When addressing the Town Mayor, it is standard practice to refer to him as either 'Mr Mayor' or 'Town Mayor of Flitwick' or 'Councillor Snape'.
Ambassador for Flitwick
In their role as Civic Ambassador, the Town Mayor is the public face of the Council and the civic representative of the town of Flitwick. The Mayor attends many community events, especially those organised by local charities and volunteer groups such as fundraising events.
The Mayor represents Flitwick at civic functions such as the Lord Lieutenant's Civic Service, events organised by other councils in the area, and arranges civic events in Flitwick.
The Mayor is always pleased to receive invitations, especially to local events, however small, and to meet representatives of local groups in Flitwick. Please get in touch with the Town Council office for more information.
Town Mayor's Chosen Charities
The Town Mayor's charities have been chosen personally by Cllr Snape for the fantastic work being done for, and with, local residents. Cllr Snape will be holding several fundraising events throughout his term in office, supporting the following charities:
Mind BLMK provides works across Bedfordshire, Luton and MiltonKeynes to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Based in Flitwick, Mind BLMK offers a range of activities and services with a core aim to make sure that no-one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Respite at Home Volunteers West Mid Beds & Ivel Valley are a group of amazing caring people who give up their free time to help and support people with life limiting illnesses and give their families and carers some respite and time off from caring for their loved ones.
Mayoral Chain of Office
The Flitwick Town Mayor wears a chain of office worn on official occasions and at meetings of the Town Council.
The chain was presented to the Council in 1979 by Cllr W. J. Billington and is inscribed with the names of former Town Mayors. The medallion on the chain shows the council crest of two sable lions.