Community board stalwart to stand for mayor

By Anne-Marie McDonald

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Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor

The current chair of the rural community board will stand for Whanganui mayor.

Alan Taylor announced on Friday he will stand for mayor and Whanganui District Council. He will not contest a seat on the rural community board.

Mr Taylor is part of a four-strong team, Whanganui Beyond 2030, that will contest the October 8 local government elections.

Mr Taylor said he had been thinking about standing for mayor for some time. However, his business commitments - he runs a farm and has other business interests - meant that he hasn't had the time up till now.

"But I have restructured things which means I'll now have time to put into the mayoralty.

Mr Taylor said he felt compelled to stand because of "poor governance around the council table".

"We need a mayor who can lead a team to deliver the best decisions for the community, and I believe I'm the right person to do that."

The other members of Whanganui Beyond 2030 are businessman David Bennett, roading engineer Murray Cleveland and civil engineer Graeme Young.

Mr Bennett said the four had known each other for many years, and were in agreement over their dissatisfaction with the performance of the current council.

"We find ourselves dismayed by recent events, particularly around the wastewater treatment plant," Mr Bennett said.

"We want to see a prosperous, growing Whanganui, and we want nothing to stand in the way of that."

- Wanganui Chronicle

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