New mayor is aiming to inspire youngsters

New Dacorum Mayor for 2013/14 Penny Hearn.
New Dacorum Mayor for 2013/14 Penny Hearn.

New mayor for the borough Penny Hearn aims to get young ones more involved in the world of politics during her year in office.

The Tring businesswoman has previous form for inspiring youths to show an interest in council business.

In her home town – where she has been mayor four times – she set up the Youth Town Council, the first in Dacorum, and she has been chairman of the Tring Youth Project for many years.

The mother of three grown up sons said: “One of the things I would like to do is for youth town councils to report to the borough council, for them to come into the council chamber and meet with the councillors and tell us what they are doing. ”

The grandmother to eight youngsters, aged from seven months to 14 years old, has also kept her focus on young people when selecting the charity she will support during her year in office. She has picked children’s charity The Pepper Foundation and it could not come at a better time as the good cause wants to expand its service.

Mrs Hearn said: “They have these wonderful nurses looking after young people and Pepper works very hard to raise money and I would like to help them this year.
We are just going to work very hard to raise as much money as we can.”

The voluntary sector is also close to the Mrs Hearn’s heart and for many years she was chairman of Community Action Dacorum. As a businesswoman herself – Mrs Hearn owns Tring Market Auctions with husband Stephen, which often features on television shows such as Flog It! – she also has a keen eye on the world of commerce. She said: “I will be encouraging businesses and reporting back to the council.”

Outgoing mayor Bert Chapman, who stepped down on Wednesday to make way for Mrs Hearn, raised almost £18,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care during his 12 months as the borough’s first citizen.