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Maldon mayor ‘honoured and humbled’ by historic re-election

By Ben Shahrabi

Councillor Andrew Lay is the fifth mayor to serve for a third consecutive term in 214 years. (Credit: Ben Shahrabi)

History has been made following the re-election of Maldon’s Mayor, making him the fifth person to serve three consecutive terms in over 200 years.

Councillor Andrew Lay, who was first elected mayor in 2022, says he is “honoured” to have been re-appointed to the role.

During his previous two terms, Councillor Lay has championed several key initiatives, including the condition of the River Blackwater, acquiring the allotments at Warwick Crescent, and supporting Maldon volunteer groups.

He told Caroline Coastal: “I am honoured and humbled to have been re-elected to this role.

“During the past two years, I have learned about the wonderfully vibrant community that has come back, following the challenges of the Covid lockdown.”

Councillor Lay says he has enjoyed meeting “so many new and familiar faces” while carrying out his mayoral duties.

Councillor Lay has been joined by Councillor John Driver as his new deputy mayor. (Credit: Maldon Town Council)

He added: “I am looking forward to seeing the ever-growing town develop to meet challenges and its infrastructure needs.

“I look forward to attending events in the town, representing fellow councillors with my new deputy mayor, Councillor John Driver, and also representing Maldon at Essex civic events.”

Councillor Driver represents Maldon West and is joined by his wife, Mrs Denise Driver, as Deputy Mayoress.

Only five councillors have served three consecutive terms as mayor since 1810, when the office of mayor was re-introduced following the fall of the bailiff system.

Councillors Lay and Driver were appointed at the Annual Town Council Meeting held on Tuesday 7 May.

In his acceptance speech, Councillor Lay praised the outgoing deputy mayor, Martin Harvey, for his work throughout the previous civic year.

He said: “I would like to thank my fellow councillors, especially the retiring Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Martin and Mrs Wendy Harvey.

“Their love of the town, dedicated service, support, and humour is greatly appreciated.”

A spokesman for Maldon Town Council said Councillor Lay's re-election “signifies the council's continued confidence in his leadership and dedication to serving the Maldon community”.

Councillor Lay has chosen Action for Family Carers Maldon and Farleigh Hospice as his designated charities for this civic year.


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