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This year will be my 5th as councillor on Kidwelly Town Council representing our communities in Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg.
It is a great honour to be voted Town Mayor by my fellow councillors, despite not being able to have the traditional ‘Mayor Making’ ceremonies, and being sworn into office via Zoom!
It has been a tough year. Lockdown has meant that many of the things we do as a community that bring us together have not taken place.
Many people have struggled financially as businesses and communities locked down to keep us safe.
A great number have suffered with their physical and mental health. Charities, while offering a great deal of support to people have also struggled to raise vital funds to continue their good work. I will be raising money for the mental health charity MIND as my mayoral charity this year.
There have been some amazing people in our community that have helped others, and I’d like to applaud those who have gone the extra mile to support those in need.
As more of us have received our vaccinations and infection rates are dropping, things are slowly starting to open up once again.
It is wonderful to see so many local people and businesses at our monthly market in the town square
It is also great to see activities that bring the community together starting back up in our community centres, such as in Neuadd Mynyddygarreg Hall and Princess Gwenllian Centre.
Things are not back to normal however. The way many of us live and work has changed – possibly for good. I know that I now primarily work from home and spend much more of my time in our community.
We need to help support our community out of the pandemic. We need to invest in our community. We need to work with others to make that happen.
The council’s recent success in getting lottery funding to help our local economy with tourism and events is a fantastic opportunity, and one we must embrace.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s 10 Towns Initiative Scheme also brings lots of opportunities to help revitalise Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg as we move into a new post-COVID era.
I’m proud to be your Town Mayor, and I promise to support, promote and represent our communities as best I can during my mayoral year.
I’m also proud that my husband – Cllr Carl Peters is my Deputy for this year. I think a gay couple as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of a community – particularly a small rural community such as Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg is something of a first – at least on our council at any rate. Inclusion and diversity is important to me and I’ll be championing all sections of our community throughout my Mayoral year.
If you have an event, activity or business you would like me to attend, please contact the Town Council Office and I’ll do my very best to shout about the wonderful community of Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg far and wide.
Cllr Chris Peters-Bond
Mayor of Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg