It is a real privilege to serve as the Mayor of Arundel.
My husband and I came to live here in 2001, from London and were immediately bewitched by the Town’s beauty and sense of community.
I am keen to work closely with businesses and the Chamber of Commerce. As a former trader and Co- Founder of ‘Arundel by Candlelight’, I understand the challenges of trading in the town.
The community spirit is evident through volunteering in various community groups and this should be celebrated. I particularly enjoyed spending several years assisting with events and PR on the Arundel Festival.
I want to encourage more community engagement with Arundel Town Council, through the Farmers’ Market, Community Projects and the Neighbourhood Planning process. As a parent, I want to connect, particularly with young people in the town, so we can fully explore their needs.
I want to build on ATC relationships with Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police and deliver through our Committees, a safe, cleaner and smarter Arundel, that residents can all be proud of.
In this term, I want to establish the notion of a ‘zero food waste’ town. Working with the charity, UK Harvest to expel all food waste from our eateries, combined with education in our schools and with the community, this is achievable. www.ukharvest.org.uk
As Mayor, I want to support the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. It is a small local charity, that provides vital nursing care in the homes of local children who have a life threatening or terminal illness. The work of the Snowdrop nurses and the Counsellor makes a huge difference to the lives of the families. www.thesussexsnowdroptrust.com
St Leonard’s Church, South Stoke, Arundel is a stunning 11th Century Church, listed in the Domesday book. This sacred building is in need of restoration work, so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. I will be organising fundraising activities to assist in raising funds and the profile of these two worthy causes.
I look forward to meeting more residents over the coming year and to learn more about their passions and concerns.
Mayor of Arundel, Lucy Ashworth