Apathetic response to mayor survey in Horncastle

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Image caption The town's mayor will be replaced by a chair, who will not be paid an allowance, but will still attend some civic functions

A town council has voted to do away with its mayor after an indifferent response to a survey from local people.

The current mayor of Horncastle in Lincolnshire, Brian Burbage, said just eight out of 34 people who responded to a newspaper survey believed having a mayor was good for the town.

The same survey on Facebook received 54 responses, with 10 of them saying they "weren't bothered either way," he said.

Mr Burbage said he was "very disappointed" by the reaction.

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Last week, the town council voted nine to two in favour of scrapping the unelected role - the same day Mr Burbage was appointed.

He said the survey results had been discussed prior to the vote and had been taken into consideration.

However, he said he was "very disappointed" with the number of people who took part.

Mr Burbage said the main reason for doing away with the role of mayor, a job which attracts an annual £1,000 allowance, was to save money.

"Mayors are expensive in days of austerity, and we need to save every penny," he said.

He said the role would be replaced by a chairperson, who would not be paid an allowance, but would still attend some civic functions.

According to Mr Burbage, only 30 people out of a total of 92, who responded to the survey, supported keeping a mayor, while the remainder supported either scrapping the role, or had no preference.

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