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|Title:||Mayor Celebrates First 100 Days In Office|
|ID & Publication:||20130811022 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Council News |
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones has celebrated her first 100 days in office by reinforcing her commitment to deliver on her election promises.
Since taking up the reins on Tuesday 7 May, Mayor Jones has made great strides with her pledges to protect vital services, drive jobs and growth, take a zero tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour, bring down the cost of living and support current and ex-servicemen.
Commenting on her 100 day anniversary earlier this week, Mayor Jones, said: ‘Together with my Cabinet, I have worked tirelessly over the past few months to lay the right foundations to drive Doncaster forward. I have a vision for the town over the next four years and I am confident this will make a real difference for residents and businesses.
‘We have enjoyed some notable successes with six key transport and infrastructure projects being recommended by the Sheffield City Region Local Transport Body as regional investment priorities, the dramatically improved White Rose Way has opened, we continue to clamp down on crime and anti-social behavior, our veteran’s champion is looking after the interests of our war heroes and I intend to launch a campaign in the coming months to help residents and businesses get the best possible deal on their energy bills.
‘I am committed to creating 750 new apprenticeships to give our young people new skills and help kick-start the economy and will look into providing 20mph speed limits in key areas. We have made excellent progress in such a short space of time.’
Within days of settling in, the Mayor set about the transformation of the council’s children’s services by announcing the search for an improvement partner and providing dedicated cabinet support for safeguarding young people. iMPOWER and new Director of Children’s Services, Eleanor Brazil, soon followed in what has become the Mayor’s top priority.
Doncaster’s Southern Gateway from junction three of the M18 along the A6182 White Rose Way has opened and will help unlock new developments which attract investment, jobs and growth across the borough.
Another important infrastructure project - the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) – should start shortly with the new link road releasing the growth potential south of Doncaster and at the airport. This includes the new Inland Port which should deliver thousands of new jobs.
New homes are going up in the heart of the Civic and Cultural Quarter and about 1,500 homes are in the pipeline at Carr Lodge now Woodfield Way has fully opened.
The 10-day St Leger Festival Week between 6 and 15 September is going to be the biggest and best ever. This should boost the town’s impressive visitor levels. Last quarter Doncaster welcomed over 358,000 visitors, up 48,000 on the same period last year.
The mayor’s tough line on crime and anti-social behaviour was shown with a record £250,000 planning fine and a threat of prison imposed on Nigel Smith who failed to clear the ugly developments blighting a rural hamlet. People who flaunt the law will continue to be prosecuted.
A veteran’s champion was appointed and the town’s war heroes continue to get the support and respect they deserve for putting their neck on the line for the country.
The Mayor has continued to push schemes that help residents and businesses save money. Even more people are enjoying significant energy bill savings from having free insulation and replacement boilers fitted in their homes and there are plans to bring better energy deals for local companies and support the business economy.
Stepping up activities to become more visible and available to the public, the Mayor has also launched her Meet the Mayor sessions going out into local communities to chat with residents and hear about their issues.
In summing up, Mayor Jones, said: ‘As the proud mayor of such a wonderful borough, I will continue to focus on the issues that matter most and do my very best for Doncaster and all of its residents and businesses.’
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