Councillor Sandy Best will be Mayor of Oswestry for 2018/19.

She was named mayor-elect by members on Monday night following a unanimous vote and will take over from Cllr Vince Hunt from May.

Cllr Peter Cherrington proposed Cllr Best, commenting: “I am more than delighted to nominate Cllr Sandy Best.

“She spent two years on the Oswestry 2020 before joining the town council for which she has been a member for five years.

“She will be a great ambassador for the council’s work and I have no doubt she will make an excellent mayor.”

Members were informed that Cllr Rebecca Evans – who was the deputy mayor for 2017/18 but stood down shortly after May – had declined the opportunity to hold the position in 2018/19 because of ill health.

She has also requested an extended leave of absence to May and added that the recent months have been “frustrating and difficult”.

In her place, Cllr John Price will be deputy mayor for the 12 months from May.

Meanwhile, the order of seniority for the seven new councillors elected in May 2017 was confirmed.