30 Jul 2020

Garstang Town Council co-opts two new councillors, and welcomes the youngest person to take on the role in the town’s history. 

Oliver Atkinson and Richard Dyer were voted through by councillors at an extraordinary meeting earlier this week. 

At just 18 years old, Oliver Atkinson has already made significant contributions to the civic life of the town. A former pupil of Garstang Community Academy, Oliver was a member of the Garstang Youth Council for 7 years, acts as a Trustee for Kepple Lane Park and recently volunteered for Garstang Volunteer Force. 

Councillors were impressed with Oliver’s extensive contribution to the town, his understanding of the issues and the need to work collaboratively to secure Garstang’s future. As Oliver said in his interview, “Garstang works best when it works together”. 

Richard Dyer comes to the council with a background as a successful local businessman, with wide experience in the events industry. He also contributes his experience and expertise to raise funds for a cancer charity. Richard shared his optimism for the town with councillors, saying there was, “a real buzz in the town”, and he was eager to play his part in retaining the charm of Garstang, whilst securing its future. 

Councillors appreciated that Richard had already got involved with the Market Town Working Group, and he could bring valuable commercial experience to the council.

Garstang Town Council has some busy years ahead, working with businesses, residents and local agencies to steer the town successfully through the Covid-19 pandemic, and planning ahead for the future. The council are confident that the new councillors will make a valuable contribution to the success of Garstang and look forward to getting started. 

The next meeting of Garstang Town Council will take place remotely via Zoom on 17/8/20. Anyone wishing to join the meeting should contact the Town Clerk, Edwina Parry on info@garstangtowncouncil.org by 3pm on the day of the meeting. 

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