The Mayor of Erewash is to be asked to sell her chains and use the cash to help boost council coffers or help out a local charity.
At full council meetings of Erewash Borough Council, like the one this Thursday evening in Long Eaton Town Hall, members of the public are allowed to submit questions in advance to be discussed by councillors.
This time, two residents are urging Cllr Jennifer Hulls to scrap her ‘ceremonial trappings’ and use the cash in the borough.
Paul Bretts asks that the proceeds of the chain and ‘expenditure on hosting’ is invested in the local economy.
While well-known Ilkeston campaigner Wendy Prati is to ask: “Would the council please consider selling the chain that the Mayor wears so that the proceeds could be used to give a worthwhile Erewash charity.”
Mrs Prati suggested that the Arena church in Ilkeston, which runs a food bank or the Canaan Trust, based in Long Eaton, which helps homeless people in Erewash, could be the beneficiaries of the sale.
“Both of which the current Mayor and the local MP are regularly seen in the newspapers supporting,” she continued.
If this was against council rules, she asked for an explanation for why the chain has to be retained.
Traditionally Mayors of Erewash have always worn chains, along with traditional ermine and lace clothing. Their consorts often wear chains too.