|A new Mayor of Hertsmere has been sworn in following the sad death of the previous incumbent, Councillor Cynthia Barker.|
The mayoral chains have been passed back to Councillor Alan Plancey, who will remain in post until the end of this Mayoral year in May 2021. Cllr Plancey was Mayor from May 2019 until June, when Cllr Barker was sworn in. Cllr Barker died four months later after a short period of illness.
Cllr Plancey was inaugurated at Hertsmere Borough Council’s full council meeting last night (Wednesday 18 November), where he promised to undertake his duties faithfully. Cllr Anne Swerling remains as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Plancey said: “There can be no sadder set of circumstances to be inaugurated as Mayor than the present situation.
“Cynthia was incredibly proud and honoured to be made Mayor of Hertsmere and her passing was a terribly premature end to her tenure. My thoughts have been and continue to be with Cynthia’s friends and family at this time.
“I will aim to do my absolute best to serve as Mayor for the duration of the term and hold this office with the dignity and authority that Cynthia brought to the role.
“I want to thank everyone who supported me during my previous term as Mayor and I look forward to, once again, serving the community of Hertsmere, in whatever way I can.”
For the rest of his term, Cllr Plancey will be supporting the mental health charity Mind, as well as Camp Simcha which supports Jewish families living with serious childhood illness across the UK.
A tribute fund set up in Cllr Barker’s name for her chosen charity, the NSPCC, has raised more than £1500. The fund is currently closed to donations but anyone wishing to show their support for the NSPCC can do so by visiting their website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/