Shrewsbury appoints its first ever Green Party mayor

A new major has taken the reins in Shrewsbury, and he is the town’s first ever Green Party civic head.

Councillor Julian Dean is the new Mayor of Shrewsbury
Councillor Julian Dean is the new Mayor of Shrewsbury

Councillor Julian Dean, who represents Porthill, was made Mayor of Shrewsbury Town Council during a meeting at Theatre Severn on Monday.

He is the town’s first ever Green Party mayor, and Elisabeth Roberts, who represents Harlescott, will be his deputy.

Over the next year Councillor Dean will be supporting two charities; the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Médecins Sans Frontières, an international, medical humanitarian organisation working in more than 70 countries around the world.

Councillor Dean said it was ‘exciting’ be become the town’s new mayor.

He said: “I’m hoping to promote a walking festival, with walks that celebrate green routes around the town.

“I want to support musicians who have had a hard year.” It would be nice to do a one night festival where we encourage venues to put on a live music event.

“I also want to do something for young people to bring their voices out.”

Councillor Dean inherited the red robe and gold chains from outgoing Conservative mayor Gwen Burgess, who lost her Meole seat to Lib Dem Bernie Bentick.

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