Chorley’s under-fire mayor attended more events in September than any other month since she was appointed.
Pat Case was criticised recently after it was revealed she attended only half the number of events as her predecessor between May and August.
Now, she’s attending more events than she did when she first became mayor in May, and says it’s a ‘real eye opener to meet the many people’ of Chorley.
In July, Coun Case attended just eight events as the borough’s first citizen, but increased that to 12 in September.
She said: “It is, as I’m sure any previous mayor will agree, a real eye opener to meet the many people and organisations committed to the well being of their neighbours.”
The Conservative councillor was accused of de-valuing the role of mayor by the Labour group, after she announced her intentions to only attend events strictly related to Chorley.
She said previous mayor Ken Ball often ventured out of the borough to represent Chorley in neighbouring towns, but said this wasn’t something she was prepared to do.
She said: “The only functions I have refused to attend are ones outside the borough, unless they have Chorley connections.”
In September, Coun Case visited Wheelton, Adlington, Anderton, Preston, Bamber Bridge and Leyland.
She’s opened play areas, met with A-level students, attended productions, visited scouts and guides, toured Chorley market and supported charities.
She has also taken a £1,000 cut from the mayor’s £9,750 salary, and slashed the mayoral budget from £100,000 to £80,000.
Her deputy, Coun June Molyneaux, has attended some functions on Coun Case’s behalf.
Between them, the pair went to 15 events in June; nine in July; 11 in August; and 12 in September, as Coun Molyneaux didn’t go to any last month.