Mayor's Christmas Message 2019
On behalf of the Town Council, I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
It has once again been an honour to serve you as Town Mayor during 2019. We have achieved a great deal over the last 12 months by careful budgeting, working together with partners and the local community.
The new long stay car park in Long Street has proved to be a great success since opening in June with most spaces being used during the day and the opportunity for overnight parking.
2019 saw many events and activities that helped to promote our town. I have represented the town at many of these events, where I have been made most welcome and thank you to those who invited me. The annual Pancake Race, Summer Festival, Guy Fawkes Night Fireworks, Remembrance Service and Walking Festival all encouraged visitors to come to Dursley. Most recently we had a wonderful evening to switch on the Christmas Lights, it was lovely to see the town centre bustling with people enjoying the festive activities. All of these events rely on the hard work of all the volunteers, who make all of the events and activities in our town possible. We should be proud of what they do.
The Dursley in Bloom team once again obtained a Gold award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition with our town looking lovely over the summer months. The new hanging baskets proved to be a great success with the blooms lasting much longer than previous years.
As Mayor I meet with many groups, one of the most memorable from 2019 was 10 Dutch/German Pedersen Bike enthusiasts who enjoyed an 8-day bike trip who travelling over 200 miles to cycle from Harwich, South-East England to visit Dursley. The group regularly visit the United Kingdom and last visited Dursley in 2013. They chose this year to return to mark the 125th anniversary of the Dursley-Pedersen bike.
The Town Council have completed other projects in 2019, including the introduction of a CCTV system in the Long Street Car Park and the installation of a Pentanque Court on the War Memorial Recreation Ground.
Our achievements over the year would not have been possible without the combined effort and commitment of these dedicated volunteers, local organisations, traders, Elected Members and staff of the Town Council. I would like to personally thank the people and volunteers involved in these activities and projects and every member of the public for their support in making all of this possible.
Dursley is a great town and the amount of charity work that takes place on a daily basis by so many people who go about their tasks quietly and without self-reward, only seeking to make life a little better for those less fortunate than ourselves is amazing.
I know that Dursley can rise to the challenges it is given over the coming year, as this year's achievements have shown. I am very proud of this community.
Once again, I wish you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and a prosperous 2020.
Mayor Neil Grecian
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:48 by John Kay