A new Mayor of Merton has been elected by the Council.
At a meeting tonight (Wednesday 21 April) Councillor Michael Brunt was elected as Mayor for the 2021/22 municipal year.
Councillor Brunt, who represents Figge’s Marsh Ward, is a former leader of Merton Council and a former Cabinet Member for the Environment. Councillor Brunt is currently interim Cabinet Member for Local Environment and Green Spaces, covering the role for Councillor Natasha Irons, who has just returned from maternity leave.
Councillor Edith Macauley MBE will be Deputy Mayor.
Both will start their duties from 19 May.
Until then, the current Mayor, Councillor Sally Kenny and Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Dehaney, will continue in their roles, carrying out engagements in compliance with Covid guidance.
The Council agreed to bring their annual meeting forward from 19 May to tonight (21 April) so that it could be held virtually. The Government’s Covid legislation does not permit virtual council meetings to continue after 7 May and there are concerns that vulnerable councillors and council staff may not have all been offered a Covid vaccination by then. The High Court was due to consider this issue at a hearing held earlier today (21 April).