We caught up with incoming Mayor Gill Burnett to find out more about her, including what she hopes to accomplish over the next year.
Caring for people is second nature to new Mayor Gill Burnett.
Having worked as a caregiver for the past 30 years, the mother-of-one and grandmother-of-three is dedicating her first time as the borough’s first citizen to lifting residents’ spirits after the pandemic and raising funds. funds for two worthy causes.
The Kidsgrove and Ravenscliffe councillor, entering her third term at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, is focused on injecting a sense of fun over the next year and is already planning fundraising events such as a 1940s night and 1920s ball/casino to benefit the Tri Services and Veterans Support Center and Home Start Newcastle.
The Support Center, based in Newcastle, is creating a rural retreat in Mow Cop for ex-servicemen, their families and the community. “Operation R&R” includes plans for four eco-cabins and activities such as archery, bushcraft, beekeeping and Tai Chi. Meanwhile, Home Start works alongside families facing a number of challenges, including child health, well-being and development; isolation, family environment and financial worries.
As well as being a borough, county and town councillor, the mayor is also a member of Kidsgrove Town Council – which secured a £16.9m investment for the town – trustee of the Kidsgrove Sports Center and Treasurer of the North Staffs 1940s Association.
In his spare time, the mayor’s hobbies include strolling along the city’s canals and spending time in local green spaces. She is also looking forward to marrying her fiancé and husband, David Faulkner in April 2023.
The 63-year-old said: ‘I have lived in a small conservation area in Kidsgrove for over 40 years and cannot express what a fantastic area it is.
“My life as a city councilor began 22 years ago when a telephone mast was planned to be installed outside my house. I launched a campaign and as a result the mast was moved to a better location at the workers club and the owners received compensation to renovate the building. It was a win-win situation for everyone.
“I expect next year to be very busy. I have lots of ideas. I look forward to raising the profile of Newcastle-under-Lyme, getting out and meeting new people, bringing the community together and hopefully having fun along the way. A lot of people have been pretty isolated over the past two and a half years, so I want to do my best to help change that. »
Chris Faulkner is the Grand Constable and Katie Shaw the Mayor’s Cadet. Clr. Simon White is deputy mayor.
Records show that there has been a mayor in Newcastle since 1318.
As well as being a ceremonial role today, the mayor presides over all meetings of the full council and holds the casting vote.