Chesterfield's outgoing mayor believes exciting times lie ahead for Chesterfield, following the announcement of a number of multi-million pound developments in the town.
Councillor Steve Brunt's time as mayor will come to an end in May, but will carry on serving the area as a councillor. He says he's excited about the future for Chesterfield:
"We've a £300 million plus development at Waterside, we've a £500 million plus development at the Peak Resort, and we've got the co-op development on Elder Way, which will bring a new hotel and restaurants. All of that means jobs."
The retiring mayoress, Jill Mannion-Brunt believes their work with local soup kitchens shows more can still be done to protect the most vulnerable in our area: "Not everybody in Chesterfield is prospering. It's great that there is this kind of change and a new commercial base, but at the same time we need to look after and recognise those who are not necessarily feeling the benefit of that."
Before they stand down, the couple are hosting a Beer Festival in Chesterfield's Market Hall assembly rooms, on the 7th and 8th April. The funds raised will go towards their two nominated charities. The first charity is Macmillan's new cancer centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and secondly, accessible Derbyshire.
Cllr Brunt said:"Retiring mayors usually have a gala dinner, which is normally £40-50 per ticket. We wanted to be more inclusive, so this is just £5 per ticket."
Commenting on the two charities, Mrs Mannion-Brunt said:"The MacMillan unit will transform the way that care and support is delivered for people with cancer and their relatives. Accessible Derbyshire is only about two years old, and its such a great charity to make everywhere in our beautiful county accessible to anyone who wants to use it's facilities."
Upon the end of his term, Chesterfield's 376th mayor, Cllr Brunt will carry on serving the Brockwell Ward on Chesterfield Borough Council.