Cardiff’s new Lord Mayor will officially start in his new role tomorrow after a full council meeting at City Hall.
Former transport chief Delme Bowen will swap potholes for tea parties as he takes over the gold chain from Coun Keith Hyde.
Coun Bowen serves the Creigiau and St Fagans ward and was previously a professor at Cardiff University.
He said on becoming mayor: “I have been involved with politics for many years and for me to be the Lord Mayor is one of the highlights in my political career. I am looking forward to my year in office and meeting people on my many visits and civic duties.
“However it is with a heavy heart that I step down as executive member for traffic and transportation, for the last three years I have been honoured to help shape the cities infrastructure.”
Coun Bowen will also have the honour of being the first Plaid Cymru member to hold the title.
“It’s a landmark for the party and a real honour to be chosen to serve as Lord Mayor,” says Coun Bowen, “when I first became a member of Cardiff council in 1995, I was the only Plaid councillor along with a single Conservative – it was like being an owl in the wilderness.”
With Coun Bowen stepping down from the cabinet a new member for transport will have to be appointed.
Council leader Rodney Berman is expected to announce his new-look cabinet at tomorrow’s full council meeting.
The ‘installation’ of the new Lord Mayor takes place at full council at City Hall from 6.30pm at the Marble Hall.