The Mayor has two important roles to fulfil: as a symbol of the Borough and as an expression of social cohesion.
The Mayor of the Council is the ‘First Citizen’ of the Borough and represents Castle Point Borough Council at various engagements during their term. Within the Borough the Mayor takes precedence over everyone apart from a member of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant.
The Mayor with their insignia and traditions of office acts as a figurehead and a symbol of continuity and has the prestigious role of representing the whole Borough during the year of office. As its representative they can influence public perception and enhance the image of the Council.
While fulfilling the many engagements that fill the Mayor's diary, i.e., promoting charities and voluntary organisations, the business community and education. The Mayor can act as a link between the various groups and organisations visited and has a unique overview of the needs and concerns of the community they serve.
The Mayor's role is purely ceremonial (non-political) they must be seen to represent every section of the community regardless of political persuasion. They may continue to carry out work in the ward they represent, but this must be in their role as a Councillor. They are also able to take out to the community the message and aims of the Council.