Mayor's Blog - Town Mayor Councillor D Wade

11 May 2020

I’m coming to the end of my term as Mayor of Hythe now. I can’t complain it has been uneventful.

On Thursday, Hythe Town Council will hold its Annual Statutory Meeting by video conferencing, to which the public are invited (details on this website). I shan’t be standing as Mayor for the coming year but shall offer my full support to the new incumbent.

I should like to thank all the people of Hythe for their support over this past year and all our friends from the Cinque Ports, our Twinned Towns, and from Ashford, Canterbury, & Maidstone, and further afield who have helped and supported Hythe and Hythe Town Council so loyally and generously.

In particular, I must thank our HTC staff; the Mayoress, Alison Martin; the Mayor’s chaplain, Captain Callum McKenna; the Deputy Lieutenant, Dennis Bradley; the Speaker of the Cinque Ports (as was), John Rodham; and the Lord Warden, Admiral Lord Boyce.

It has been a great honour for me to represent Hythe on numerous occasions over the past year. The highlights were undoubtedly opening the Venetian Fete which was such a huge success in 2019, and the Remembrance Day events both in Hythe, and in Berck-sur-Mer where we were made so welcome.

I must also thank all the Councillors at Hythe Town Council who have supported me in chairing its meetings, committees, and working groups, offering excellent advice and enabling sound and constructive decisions to be made.

I am particularly proud that I was in the chair when Hythe Town Council passed a motion declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency with a programme arising from that to reduce the Council’s carbon emissions to zero by 2025, as well as programmes to reduce plastic waste in Hythe, plant trees, and reach out to the community to encourage a wide range of initiatives encouraging sustainable lifestyles. This was followed by similar declarations at both Folkestone and Hythe District Council and the Confederation of Cinque Ports.

For Hythe this is a matter of survival. If we do not act urgently, locally, nationally, and internationally, there will be no Hythe one hundred years from now – it will be under the sea. Young people living in Hythe now will see the town gradually abandoned. There is still time to act but not much, and I would again urge everyone in Hythe to do all that you can to work towards a zero carbon future where Nature is protected from habitat loss, pollution, and the breakdown of our climate. We owe it to the coming generations.

One last word – thank you again to our NHS staff, carers, Age UK & Hythe Community Support Hub staff and volunteers, cleaners, police, transport & retail workers, and all those who are keeping us safe in Hythe during this Covid-19 crisis whilst risking your own welfare. Thank you so much.

When this is over we can’t afford to return to life as it was, and the planet couldn’t afford that either. We need to build something better, fairer, and more sustainable.