The fight for better health care provision in Haverhill is a top priority for the town’s new mayor.
Cllr Betty McLatchy took over from previous incumbent, Roger André, after being unanimously approved by the new town council on May 18.
Speaking to the Echo, Cllr McLatchy said she was pleased to represent the town and would be working hard to campaign for a cottage hospital for Haverhill.
“I feel honoured to have been chosen,” said Cllr McLatchy. “For people to put their trust in me is lovely.
“I love Haverhill and I’d like to spend the rest of my life here. The people are wonderful.
“My priority is health care for Haverhill. I will be campaigning for a cottage hospital or a proper walk-in centre.”
Cllr McLatchy, who represents Haverhill at St Edmundsbury Borough Council as well as Haverhill town council, said she will work alongside Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, to push for better health provision.
“Matt’s a lovely guy,” she said. “He always backs me up. He’s a good man and he loves Haverhill.
“Being on the borough as well as the town council, I’ll be able to make good contacts. I think I’ve got enough past experience to bring to the role.”
Town Clerk, Colin Poole, welcomed the new appointment.
“I think she will be absolutely great,” he said. “In terms of working with people and making people feel special when out on mayoral duties and other special events, she’ll be very good.
“I’m looking forward to it, she’s a people person. With the whole town council, there seems to be a real determination to put the town first, before party politics.”
David Roach has been appointed deputy mayor, taking over from council stalwart Maureen Byrne.
He said: “We will work really well together. Everyone has the best interests of the town at heart.”