‘Right time to refresh the county council’s cabinet’
Leader confirms appointments with new talent ‘allowed to shine’
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