New town chairman has resort in his blood

Morecambe Town Hall.
Morecambe Town Hall.

A member of one of the town’s oldest families is the new chair of Morecambe Town Council.

Nick Baxter replaces David Kerr, who has stepped down due to work commitments.

Mr Baxter, 59, is part of the Baxter shrimping family whose ancestors arrived in Morecambe in the 1600s, and a Morecambe Bay Independent.

He was elected to the town council in 2011 after previously serving on Lancaster City Council in the early 1990s.

A former civil servant with the Ministry of Defence, he now works part-time at Carnforth High School.

“I want to build on the good work David Kerr has done to create a cohesive council,” said Mr Baxter. “I would like to see Lancaster City Council relinquish certain areas of responsibility and pass them on to Morecambe because I’m sure we could do a better job, on parks and gardens, and the cenotaph, for example.

“I want to see Morecambe move forward, although Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Tricia Heath has been chosen as the town council’s new vice-chair.

David Kerr, who had been chair since 2010, has also given up the leadership of the Morecambe Bay Independent group to Roger Dennison.

Mr Kerr, who is also on Lancaster City Council will leave public office altogether at the next election in 2015, as will his wife, town councillor Paula Kerr, who recently quit the Morecambe Bay Independent party.

He told The Visitor his decision was due to taking up a full-time job as caretaker at Ryelands Primary School.

Mr Kerr thanked the community for their support and wished Mr Baxter and Mr Dennison good luck in their new roles.