Byron Huws takes over as Kidwelly Town Mayor after sensational resignation
THE new mayor of Kidwelly has not shied away from discussing a contentious issue in the town — the future of the Pelican building.
Councillor Byron Huws has been elected the new mayor of the town following the resignation of Lynda Finch-Jones from the post half way through her term.
She handed in her chains following furious debate on the future of the former council offices — known as the Pelican.
While she described the issue of the Bridge Street offices as "deplorable, had gone on far too long and totally dominates the council", Mr Huws said it was a priority.
"One of the vitally important things is to get a solution to the issue of the Pelican," he said.
"It is an iconic building for Kidwelly and it could be a catalyst for the regeneration of the town."
He hopes that as well as housing the council offices, the Bridge Street building, which dates back to the 1700s, could be used for shops, cafes, offices, and could even house public toilets.
And he stressed the significance the building has to the "formidable" heritage of the town.
"It's such a wonderful place," said Mr Huws.
"We have lost a lot but there's still a lot to lose if we are not careful.
"We deserve better than being a ghost town."
Kidwelly born and bred, Mr Huws said he was very proud to be selected.
"As a native Kidwelly man it is wonderful," he said.
"All I can do is try to do my best for the town and its development.
"Lynda was a very fine mayor and did a marvellous job, but she felt it necessary to resign so we are making the best of it."
Modest about his appointment, Mr Huws praised other candidates he felt would fit the bill.
He said: "There are very, very capable people in Kidwelly and the people who have support me, I have huge faith in them.
"Let's hope we can get this show on the road, the town deserves it.
"We have been in the backwaters of economic doldrums for 15 years. All that time the town has been disintegrating — Kidwelly doesn't deserve that."
And keen to fulfil his mayoral duties, Mr Huws has opened an invitation to any organisation that would like him to attend a meeting.
He said: "If people have issues they want to raise, please ask. If the issues are outside the powers of the council, I will try to redirect you to the right place."