‘Right time to re­fresh the county coun­cil’s cabi­net’

Leader con­firms ap­point­ments with new tal­ent ‘al­lowed to shine’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE new cabi­net for Buck­ing­hamshireCounty Coun­cil was for­mally ac­cepted at its an­nual meet­ing on Thurs­day, May 21.

Leader Tett con­firmed Mike Appleyard will con­tinue as deputy leader and takes on the health and well­be­ing port­fo­lio.

The new cabi­net mem­bers and deputies are as fol­lows:

Chil­dren’s ser­vices – Lin Hazell (deputy, Jean Tees­dale)

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and public health – Martin Phillips (deputy, Mar­garet As­ton)

Plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment – War­ren Whyte (deputy, Netta Glover)

Re­sources – John

Martin Chil­ver (deputy, David Wat­son)

Ed­u­ca­tion and skills – Zahir Mo­hammed (deputy, Noel Brown)

Trans­porta­tion – Mark Shaw (deputy, Paul Ir­win)

Health and well­be­ing – Mike Appleyard (deputy, Wendy Mallen)

Mr Tett said: “We’re at the mid­point in the life of this coun­cil and it’s the right time to re­fresh the cabi­net, to give op­por­tu­nity for new tal­ent to shine and show what they can de­liver.”

Bucks County Coun­cil, he said, con­tin­ued to face a fi­nan­cial chal­lenge of re­duc­ing bud­gets against in­creas­ing de­mands, par­tic­u­larly for the pro­tec­tion of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and adults.

He added: “Pro­tect­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble re­mains one of my per­sonal top pri­or­i­ties, and that of the county coun­cil. Our con­tin­u­ing pri­or­ity is to re­store our roads to a rea­son­able con­di­tion, and on top of the £25mil­lion com­mit­ted this year, we’re re­leas­ing £3m from re­serves to resur­face sec­tions of around 300 mi­nor ru­ral roads.”

Mr Tett said Bucks County Coun­cil had made great strides in the past four years with an in­vest­ment of nearly £70m and was com­mit­ting £45m in the com­ing three years to im­prov­ing Bucks’ roads.

What do you think of the shake-up? Is the ex­tra cash for roads enough? What more would you like to see done? Email buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

CABI­NET SHAKE-UP: Bucks County Coun­cil leader Martin Tett

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