Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Saltash Town Council Civic Awards
Nominations are invited for the annual Civic Awards to be presented by the Mayor. The Awards have been revised this year with a number of new categories to represent a wider range of achievements in our community.
The Award Categories
Contribution to the Community
This award recognises individuals or community and voluntary groups based in Saltash who have made a positive contribution to the local community. People who make an outstanding effort to bring the community together, improve the town of Saltash either environmentally or aesthetically, or those who go out of their way to help others, in their own time.
Awarded to an individual aged 18 or under who has made a significant, positive contribution to the town, demonstrating exceptional community spirit or for excellence in areas not normally recognised. This may be acts of bravery, kindness, caring for others or improving their community.
Recognising exceptional and continued commitment to the life of the community of Saltash over a considerable period of time. The award recognises a real commitment to others in the community, going over and above what would ordinarily be expected, through volunteering, community work, helping neighbours or carrying out exceptional deeds spanning a lifetime.
Youth Group Leader Award
Presented in recognition of inspirational and committed volunteer youth group leadership in the town.
Recognising the achievement of a team or an individual, participating in, organising or contributing to local sports. The award may celebrate a sporting performance at local, national or international level or those who give their time working behind the scenes at local sports clubs or groups.
Recognising significant contribution to the cultural life of the town by an individual
Note: The awarding of each of the Civic Awards is at the discretion of the Awards Panel, therefore each of the award categories might not be allocated a winner every year, or multiple awards of the same category could be awarded.
Nominations must be made using the official nomination form available to download and view by clicking here and received by 5pm on 31st January 2023.
Nominations should be sent to:
The Town Clerk, Saltash Town Council, The Guildhall, 12 Lower Fore Street, Saltash, PL12 6JX
or by e-mail to email@example.com
The Mayor of Saltash
The Mayor is elected by fellow councillors and takes office in May. As Chairman of the Council the Mayor presides over the Town Council meetings and attends all committee meetings in an ex-officio role. During the term of office the Mayor is a familiar face in the town attending many events and supporting local organisations. If you would like to invite the Mayor to attend an event please complete the Mayor's attendance request form and submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Saltash Town Council, The Guildhall, 12 Lower Fore Street, Saltash PL12 6JX.
Councillor Richard Bickford, Mayor of Saltash 2022-23.
spent most of my life living in Saltash having moved here at the age of 2. I
did move away for a period during and after studying Computing at University.
After spending a couple of years competitively sailing I moved back to
Plymouth, and then Saltash where Sarah and I wanted to return to bring up our
daughter Sophie. My wife, Sarah hails from a Waterside family and feels as
strongly about Saltash as I do.
I spent over 25 years working for the University of Plymouth in various IT related roles, and hope that some of the skills learnt are put to good effect in our Town Council.
It was whilst on my daily commute to Plymouth by train, that I started to understand that other people shared my frustration about the sadly neglected station building. Joining the council in 2007, I wanted to not only try and do something about the rapidly decaying building, but do much more for the town I love.
I have served on most committees and chaired a few, including our Devolution Sub Committee, Services Committee, as well the Station Sub Committee.
It has been a real pleasure to lead on the refurbishment of what we now call Isambard House, and it gives me even more pleasure to see it starting to become a well used venue for a wide variety of events. The project needed a clear vision, and with some great partners and overwhelming support form councillors and the community, we made it happen.
Now though, I need to chair our council and carry out mayoral duties with Sarah. I am looking forward to some lively debate and hope the council can make some great decisions for Saltash. We need to work strongly with Cornwall Council who control so many of our assets and ensure we deliver for the town.
I very much hope that Saltash Town Council can move to a ‘greener’ way of doing business and carefully considers its impact on Saltash and its residents. Doing so, will undoubtedly be better for our environment, as well as our budget.
We are looking forward to meeting many organisations and individuals over the coming months and supporting as many events as possible.
Councillor Julia Peggs, Deputy Mayor of Saltash 2022-2023.
I became a Town Councillor three years ago after retiring from business management and running my own business. I am very passionate about Saltash and its residents.
During the pandemic I volunteered throughout the town, delivering goods to those isolating and ensuring no-one was forgotten. In addition I organised the recycling community bunting which was proudly displayed in the summer in the town centre. I regularly volunteer with Livewire and Abbeyfield Cresta.
I have a passion for the environment and have led on work to gain the town plastic free status. I championed for the Service Delivery Department to not use chemicals but to use mechanical methods of weed removal, a process that has started in 2022.
I am looking forward to working with the Mayor to ensure Saltash thrives and leads the way for environmental projects for the benefit of Saltash and its community!