Next Louth mayor in plan to make town’s market bigger than ever

David Wing.
David Wing.

The man likely to be Louth’s next mayor says he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected and wants to make the town’s market even bigger and better.

Councillor David Wing was the winning candidate from a closed vote at the Louth Town Council meeting on March 12, with Coun Andrew Leonard as deputy, and both are due to be formally elected on May 17.

Coun Wing, a member of Louth Independents who has served the St Mary’s ward for seven years, said he is delighted to take up the role.

“I’m honoured to be representing the town council and also the town,” he said.

“I drive voluntarily for the ambulance service but I will obviously stop doing that so I can devote my time to being a full-time mayor.”

He paid tribute to the current mayor Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders, who he said has had a ‘brilliant year’ in the role.

Born a Londoner, Coun Wing worked as a factory manager, talent manager and director of housing before moving to Louth when his son married a girl from the area.

David’s retirement lasted just two weeks before he embarked on his volunteering for the ambulance service which he says prevents him from ‘going to the funny farm’.

A popular member of the town council, 70-year-old Coun Wing insists there is no need for politics at low level government and remains fiercely independent.

In his year ahead as mayor, and chairman of the council, Coun Wing wants to see more made of Louth’s markets.

“I think Louth is doing well on its own, but I would like to see more done with the markets,” he said.

“I think the town council could do a better job at running it that ELDC, nothing really seems to change.

“I like the special market days and I’d like to extend the market and attract more traders, and pedestrianise Mercer Row on market days to give more space.”

Coun Wing has been a director of the Hubbard’s Hills Trust since its inception four years ago and also represents Louth Town Council on the Joint Advisory Committee.

The town council recently voted to change the way they select their mayor for the first time in many years.

Though this year both mayor and deputy mayor were selected without past experience, from next year the future mayor will spend a year as deputy before stepping up to the full role.