December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A Suffolk council has announced a cabinet shake-up to help it tackle the challenges ahead.
Suffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring said although the membership of the cabinet remained the same, some of the areas of responsibilities had been changed.
Deputy leader Andy Smith, who has been cabinet member for planning for much of the past two decades and has just completed leading the council through the long and complex process of the new local plan for the district, has left the planning portfolio and has now taken over economic development.
Councillor Geoff Holdcroft has taken on planning and his previous role of leisure and economic development has been split between two of his colleagues.
Mr Herring said: “We haven’t had any changes at all for two years, so part of the reason for the changes is to refresh cabinet.
“But, mainly, it’s to ensure that we make best use of the skills and qualities of the people that we have on cabinet.
“We are trying to make sure we have the right skills and experience in place to tackle the challenges we will face over the next couple of years.
“Also, the deputy leader, Andy Smith, has taken on extra responsibility nationally as the chairman of the Local Government Association of the Coastal Special Issues Group, so we need to make sure he has the capacity to take on this new workload.”
The council’s biggest challenge is the need to continue saving money wherever possible in the face of government grant cuts while maintaining services.
It is also looking to move to new offices to improve facilities for staff and save money.
Cabinet: Leader, Ray Herring; support member, Marianne Fellowes. Deputy leader and economic development, Andy Smith; support member, Jane Marson. Green environment: Andrew Nunn. Community health: Mary Neale. Customer, community and leisure: T-J Haworth; support member, Richard Kerry. Planning: Geoff Holdcroft; support member, Tony Fryatt. Resources: Robert Whiting; support member, Peter Bellfield. Housing: Doreen Savage.