The next borough deputy mayor has been confirmed by the council.

Cllr Noel Bayley had his nomination approved by members of the council at a meeting last week.

He will be the borough mayor the following year.

Cllr Bayley has served the borough for 10 years, initially in St Mary’s ward in Prestwich and now in Besses ward.

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He is the council’s deputy cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, and chairs the walking and cycling forum, soon to become the Local Bee Network Committee.

Originally from Withington, he has spent most of his working life in the civil service including the Ministry of Defence, customs and excise, the benefits agency and is a trade unionist.

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Cllr Bayley moved to the borough in 1991 and has lived in Bury and Radcliffe before now residing in Whitefield.

The current borough mayor is Moorside Cllr Sandra Walmsley, who will be succeeded in May by the deputy mayor, North Manor Cllr Khalid Hussain.

Cllr Bayley said: “It’s a great honour to be nominated as deputy mayor for the borough I have lived in for more than 30 years.

“I’m very much looking forward to it and will do my best to serve residents across the community.”