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Mayor promises free lifts... and Smarties for civic centre staff

PUBLISHED: 10:55 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

THE new mayor has pledged to use his limousine to chauffeur people around the borough during his time in office. George Taylor, a councillor for Shortlands for the last 12 years, was officially inaugurated yesterday. He is due to undertake his first off

THE new mayor has pledged to use his limousine to chauffeur people around the borough during his time in office.

George Taylor, a councillor for Shortlands for the last 12 years, was officially inaugurated yesterday.

He is due to undertake his first official duty tomorrow at Orpington Museum for the 150th anniversary of Cray Wanderers. Mr Taylor told the Times that, if he had the time and space, he would be happy for his chauffeur to stop and pick up anyone queuing for a bus and drop them off at their destination.

He said: "The taxpayers are paying for the car so why shouldn't they be able to have a lift in it if circumstances permit?

"If I'm on the way to Bromley, why not? It doesn't cost anything extra."

The new mayor is planning to give every one of the council's 1,000 employees at the Civic Centre a tube of Smarties to mark the beginning of his 12-month stay as mayor.

When they have eaten the sweets he will ask them to fill their empty tube with the 27 £1 coins it can hold and donate the money to his chosen charity, The Princes Trust.

He added: "Mostly, I want to let people know how great our borough is and get people excited again about Bromley as well as encourage business in the area.

"A lot of young people go to university or whatever and leave the borough, never to come back. I want them to think this is such a marvellous place that they want to spend the rest of their lives here. I want to keep the best in Bromley.

"I see myself as an ambassador for Bromley and I want other people to enjoy living in such a wonderful place.

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