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THE new mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf hopes for “better times” for the area during her year in office.

Following the damage caused by Storm Dennis and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Councillor Jill Bonetto said she hopes that the people of RCT can look forward to better times.

Cllr Bonetto was elected mayor of the county borough at the council’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 26, replacing Councillor Susan Morgans.

Hoping for better times: Cllr Jill Bonetto

Cllr Bonetto thanked Cllr Morgans who she said, despite difficult circumstances, continued in her role.

Cllr Bonetto said to full council: “Thank you for affording me the privilege of serving as mayor.

“I am very much looking forward to my year in office. I trust we can look forward to better times.”

Cllr Morgans in her outgoing address to council thanked council for affording her the honour of serving as mayor although it was a “very different” year.

She said there were some events that were not possible this year but that she attended many socially distanced events.

She said this has been a difficult year for everyone and there has been some of the most destructive storms in living memory followed by the pandemic.

She said her thoughts with the loved ones, families and friends affected and paid tribute to the key workers, front line services, medical professionals and those involved in the vaccination programme for their “dedication and professionalism.”

She also paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore and added: “Tomorrow will be a better day.”

Councillor Steve Powderhill was re-elected as presiding officer and Councillor Gareth Hughes as deputy presiding officer.

Councillor Andrew Morgan was re-appointed as leader of the council and Councillor Pauline Jarman confirmed as the leader of the largest opposition group, Plaid Cymru.



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