New Eye Town mayor Caroline Byles says council “full of talent” to tackle issues

Eye, Suffolk. New Eye Town Mayor Caroline Byles with her dog Sadie ANL-140423-112455001
Eye, Suffolk. New Eye Town Mayor Caroline Byles with her dog Sadie ANL-140423-112455001
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Incoming Eye town mayor Caroline Byles says the town is facing big challenges - but believes the council is “full of talent” to tackle them.

Mayor elect Mrs Byles will take the place of Linda Cummins officially in May. An event to mark the occasion, featuring a parade, will take place on June 1.

Mrs Byles, also a Mid Suffolk district councillor, has been on the Eye Town Council for three years, and lived in the town on a full-time basis for eight years.

“First of all, it is a great honour to become mayor of Eye,” she said.

“As regards to Eye in particular, we are facing challenges we have very little direct control over, in particular the proposed development of the Eye Airfield site and also the possibility of there being a power station in Eye.

“We are also trying to develop a neighbourhood plan. What affect a neighbourhood plan will have on these two issues, I am not sure.”

Mrs Byles added the town council, like many others across the region, were facing tough financial times. Other issues include poverty in older residents, and social issues with some quarters of the younger generation of the town, she said.

“I think that the town council is much more representative of the community than it has been in the past. Fifty per cent are women, and an awful lot of the councillors have children of school age,” she said.

“There is an awful lot of talent within the town council to face these problems.”

She added that she intends to create an Eye Mayor Twitter and Facebook page.

“I do think we have got to reach out to as many people as we can and that means using modern media,” she said.