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The Town Mayor

At the Annual Council meeting on the 22 May 2017 Councillor Melanie Davis was appointed Mayor of Selby Town Council and Councillor Eva Lambert was appointed Deputy Mayor.

 Mayor's introduction

I have been a Town Councillor for more than 25 years and this is my third time as Mayor.  I really enjoy my role with the Town Council and working with my Labour colleagues to make Selby a better place to live, work and relax.  Although I was not born in Selby, I have now lived here longer than I have lived anywhere so consider it my home.

Since moving to Selby, I have worked in the voluntary and community sector, primarily in the Advice Sector but also spent some time managing the Local SureStart programme in Selby.  I am also Chair of two local charities and a school Governor.

I believe it is important that we encourage some new development in the town which will hopefully encourage a wider variety of retail and commercial organisations to see the town as somewhere they can do business.  It is also important that we encourage our community not just to buy a home here but also to use the retail, commercial and entertainment opportunities which now exist in the town.  Many people travel out of Selby every day for work but we need to encourage them to spend their leisure time and money locally to ensure a healthy local economy.

The Labour controlled Town Council actively promotes the town and its facilities via our own Town Hall entertainment, local markets and events which bring the community together several times a year to celebrate where we live.  We also work with others who actively promote the town. 

Now I am retired I hope to be able to attend more local events during my year as Mayor and I hope to highlight the work of our public services which is often not appreciated. 

I am keen to hear from anyone, but particularly young people, who would like to help us celebrate our town and support the ongoing work which the Town Council undertakes including: 

  • Development of a new Neighbourhood Plan to ensure more and better provision of open green spaces in the town, cycle routes, more tree planting etc
  • A bid to Heritage Lottery to improve our local cemetery and its environs to make it a place of learning and relaxation for everyone
  • Ongoing development of our markets and finding ways of encouraging more people to support these
  • Our ongoing events programme (Fun Day, Bonfire, Christmas lights, Food Festival, Beer Festival, Bloom and the Remembrance Services)
  • Revitalising our main shopping centres and encouraging people to walk and cycle into town


This year's Fun Day was opened by the Mayor and her consort, Stevie at the Community Centre, photo below and the Mayor presented the winners with trophies for the Fun Run, photos below.