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New councillors join Westbury Town Council

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THREE new councillors, who have been co-opted onto Westbury Town Council, were welcomed at a meeting of the council on Monday 5th July. 

New independent members Mike Naxton, Fraser Guard and Mark Bailey were unanimously co-opted onto the council and greeted with a round of applause. 

Mike Naxton, who is from the new Spinnaker – Linden Homes development, told White Horse News, “I’m quite excited to see what the future holds as a councillor – I know nothing about it or how it works. I’m keen to see how we can make Westbury a better place to live.” 

He said residents at the estate had formed a small community and he wanted to represent their interests. 

At 20 years of age, Fraser Guard is the council’s youngest member. He has lived in the town for 17 years.  I summarise my interests as a councillor as ‘past, present and future’,” Fraser said. “I’m interested in preserving the town’s heritage, the development plan for the town and in the climate crisis.” 

Fraser said that as a young person, he was excited about the new Vision for Westbury document which is the blueprint for what the council will focus on over the coming years and includes a wide range of ideas and proposals which could transform the town. 

When Mark Bailey first moved to Westbury 12 years ago he split his time between here and London where he worked as a theatre/set/costume designer. For the past four years he has lived in the town full time. 

“I’m very interested in anything to do with arts in the town,” Mark told White Horse News. “I’m looking forward to being a councillor but am a little bit scared – this is my first venture into something like this!” 

He said he had been thinking about joining the council since he changed to living here permanently, and with issues such as the incinerator at the forefront, the time now seemed right to get involved.  

Picture: left to right, Mark Bailey, Fraser Guard, Mike Naxton  


One Response to New councillors join Westbury Town Council

  1. M Hillcoat

    July 26, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    How do people get co-opted? And why no women? It would help the town council immensely to have equal representation.