Monday, May 23, 2011

News: Rotherham's new Mayor to promote economic regeneration


The Mayor of Rotherham, councillor Shaun Wright has pledged to promote economic regeneration during his time in office.

The Rawmarsh councillor took the role of Mayor at the annual meeting of Rotherham Borough Council at Rotherham Town Hall on last week.

Councillor Wright believes economic regeneration and education are the keys to prosperity in any area and is determined to promote both during his term of office.

He said: "Economic regeneration is vital for an area to do well because it filters down and affects all sections of the population. But a vibrant economy needs well-educated and skilled young people to fill jobs. I never recognised the value of education until I had left school and began learning for my apprenticeship and then continued in further education."

This interest has continued throughout his life and so it was not surprising that Councillor Wright became the first-ever Rotherham Cabinet member for Children and Young Peoples Services in 2005.

He wants all young people to have the same advantages and to be able to look forward to satisfying lives and futures and to that end is a huge advocate of economic regeneration.

He has long been a champion for former coalfield communities and is a trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration trust, a grant-giving body funded by central Government that supports community-led regeneration projects.

He is also a trustee of Groundwork Dearne Valley, the environment charity that works with local people to improve their environment and provide opportunities for training.

Elected onto the authority in 2000, Councillor Wright manages Urban Green Space in Barnsley. Born in Royston, he was educated at Royston Comprehensive School and gained an apprenticeship in horticulture and management with Barnsley Borough Council, where he has worked for the past 27 years.

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