Mayor's Annual Address 2020/21

Published: 12 May 2020

It gives me great honour to represent our town again for another year. At this difficult time I hope that by showing continued leadership, you will feel that the Town Council is stable, and you can rest assured that you have a Mayor whose heart is for Royston.

Firstly I want to praise many of you for having showed yet again the great Royston spirit that we have in our community, by helping one another out in many ways. I have sometimes found it so emotional that it has brought me to tears, but it has also brought laughter as well. We have seen bears and rainbows in windows and new groups being started such as Royston vs Coronavirus.

I know that many of you have been working during these challenging times. I wish to say a big thank you to all of the key workers. Many before this crisis were classed wrongly as low skilled workers but recent events have shown us that everyone has a role to play in our society and we should never look down on people. It has been great to see us united, clapping and saying thank you to the NHS and all other key workers on Thursday nights. I hope that in the future the respect continues and people remember those that put their lives at risk to keep us and our families safe and provided for. I feel that we have become a closer society and one that grows equally together.

My great aim for this year is to ensure that the voices of the youth are finally recognised by completing the setting up of the Youth Council, which was sadly delayed due to COVID-19.

I will also work tirelessly in helping local businesses, no matter how large or small, to prosper after this crisis is over. Local businesses will need you so let us try to spend our money locally and remember the shops that you visited while the crisis was happening and keep using local shops and businesses once they start to re-open.

I want to be a Mayor that is accessible to you, the people, and to fight for a better environment for all Royston people to live in. I also want to encourage people to be passionate and proud to say that they live in Royston, the best town in England, where we have great sporting teams, a passion for the arts and a great community spirit.

As a final point, I feel that there is one group who have been dramatically overlooked during the virus pandemic and that is the children. In particular the ones who are too young to really understand why there have been drastic changes. Their worlds have been turned upside down and they have dealt with it in their own unique ways. No longer can they play with their friends, hug grandparents, aunts and uncles, or spend time with familiar people outside of the family home.

I would like to say a massive thank you and well done to all of you. I am proud of each and every one of you.

Councillor Robert Inwood
Mayor of Royston 2020-2021