Bridgwater has a new Mayor. In fact we have a new one every year. This year it’s the turn of Westover Town Councillor Steve Austen, who also happens to be a Sedgemoor District Councillor for the Hamp area of Bridgwater where he lives.
Father-of-two, Steve is originally from Kent ,but has lived in the Bridgwater area for over 25 years. Qualifying as a plumbing and heating engineer, Steve went on to work for the housing department with Sedgemoor District Council in the early 1990s and currently works for Raglan Housing.
Speaking up for Bridgwater
Steve is determined to use his year in office to speak up for Bridgwater at a crucial time in it’s development. Speaking at his inauguration at St Mary’s Church Steve said “Bridgwater’s a very active and growing town, so we need to get it out there. With all the stuff at Hinkley Point and the disruption it will cause we need to ensure we get a good deal for the town so people benefit from it. I’m very proud to have had a long allegiance with the Bridgwater YMCA, four years of which I was the chair. I was part of a very strong team of people who brought the new centre for the YMCA about.”
The Mayor of Bridgwater is chosen by and from amongst the 16 Town councillors to serve for 12 months starting and finishing each May to coincide with the civic year . At the same time they elect a Deputy who usually becomes the Mayor for the subsequent year – elections permitting. This year the Town Council chose Dunwear Town and District Councillor Leigh Redman, who also happens to be County Councillor for Bridgwater South (which includes Westover!).