A NEW chairman has taken over the reins of Ryedale District Council and says he will ‘wave the flag’ for the region.

Cllr Will Oxley was elected into the role at the Annual Council meeting on Thursday.

Cllr Oxley, ward member for Pickering East, took over the chains of office from past chairman Cllr Bob Gardiner.

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Following his election to the council in 2015, Cllr Oxley has served as vice chairman for the past year before now taking on the role of chairman.

He said he intends to promote the region whilst he is chair.

“During my year in office, I will be trying to wave the flag for Ryedale as much as possible,” he said.

“I want to ensure the efforts of local communities and groups are recognised.

“I am looking forward to getting out and about to meet people and hear about all the good work that is being done across Ryedale.

“I am also a keen supporter of enterprise, particularly business start ups for young people, and I am involved regionally in the Tourism industry.”

Throughout his year as chairman, Cllr Oxley will be fundraising for Ryedale Charities Together, a partnership of local charities who deliver a diverse range of essential services to people living in need in rural locations across the local area.

He said: “My charity will be Ryedale Charities Together and I will be looking to work closely with the local Lions clubs and also Rotary clubs in the area to raise as much money as possible.”

Cllr Oxley will supported by his wife Pat as his consort.

Cllr Robert Wainwright was elected as the new vice chairman.