Mayor’s Report – 2022/23

Cllr Barbara Dunn

Chair of the Town Council & Mayor of Halewood, 2022/23

2022/23 has been a year to remember for us all, and for so many different reasons. Our Town has felt the effects of the costs of living crisis, and we must acknowledge the economic impact it has had on many Residents, Businesses and Community organisations.

I have had a fantastic year in office which has been very productive. I have had great pleasure in attending 52 engagements in Halewood.  We have so many wonderful groups and activities happening in Halewood, which is what makes it a great Community, and one to be proud of. Some of the highlights of my engagements have been the Halewood Carnival, Halewood Culturefest and of course Halewood Town Council Festive Light Switch-on Event. It was a great evening and well attended, even though the weather was not on our side. I have visited many local groups including Memory Lane, U3A, Halewood Art Group, Arncliffe Over 50s Club, Halewood Town Junior Football Academy. Knowsley Older People’s Voice to mention a few.

13 Community grants have been awarded by Halewood Town Council during the past year which is great news!

A big thank-you to the hirers, users and participants of Halewood Town Council services and Centres for their trust as we have returned to some normality after Covid 19.

Mayors Charities fundraising, through generous support of people attending Council events has raised a total of £2.000 which will be shared between The First Step Domestic Violence support, Knowsley Food Bank, Baby Basics and Halewood Uni-Wise uniform recycling initiative.

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation also goes to all of our dedicated and hard working Halewood Town Council Staff, to Mr Gerry Allen Town Clerk for going above and beyond, and all Councillors for their dedication and valued participation in their voluntary role. My grateful appreciation also go to all of Halewood’s Community Groups and organisations, to Halewood Churches and everyone in Halewood who goes the extra mile to show support to people experiencing difficult times.

2023/24 will be a big year for Halewood Town Council, with many exciting events planned for the township. Look out for the Halewood Carnival in July, and Halewood Town Council’s Festive Lighting switch-on in November, also the annual Christmas Concert in December.

Welcome to all new Residents who have moved to East of Halewood Development, many from Halewood, but also from far and wide.  I am sure you will find Halewood to be a very special place to live and I wish you all good luck and happy times ahead in your new homes.

Councillor Iain Hamilton was elected as Mayor and First Citizen of Halewood at the Halewood Town Council Annual Meeting on 11th May 2023, with Councillor Clare Rose elected as Deputy Mayor. I wish Councillor Hamilton and Councillor Rose every success and a very enjoyable 2023/24 Municipal Year.

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