Huw to lead coun­cil for an­other year

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HUW David has been re­elected as the leader of Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Councillor David, who is also the ward mem­ber for Cefn Cribwr, was re­turned un­op­posed as the leader at the an­nual meet­ing of coun­cil.

Councillor John McCarthy was selected to act as mayor of Brid­gend County Bor­ough, suc­ceed­ing Councillor Pam Davies, while Councillor Stuart Bald­win will act as deputy mayor.

The cab­i­net port­fo­lio po­si­tions were also agreed for the year ahead. They are:

Deputy leader – Councillor Hy­wel Wil­liams.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for so­cial ser­vices and early help – Councillor Phil White.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion – Councillor Charles Smith.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for well­be­ing and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions – Councillor Dhan­isha Pa­tel.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties – Councillor Richard Young.

Groups and group lead­ers were con­firmed as fol­lows:

Labour (26) – Councillor Huw David.

In­de­pen­dence Al­liance (11) – Councillor No­rah Clarke.

Con­ser­va­tive (8) Councillor Tom Gif­fard.

Plaid Cymru (3) – Councillor Mal­colm James.

Llynfi In­de­pen­dents (3) – Councillor Ross Pen­hale-Thomas.

Three coun­cil­lors – Ken Watts, Jeff Tildes­ley and Ju­lia Wil­liams – opted not to join any groups.

Ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, Cllr David said: “Serv­ing in any ca­pac­ity as an elected mem­ber is not an easy role, and as we all know, the last few years have been among – the most dif­fi­cult if not the most dif­fi­cult that the coun­cil has ever had to face.

“But what­ever chal­lenges have arisen, we have faced each and ev­ery one of them, and we con­tinue to do so with re­solve and a united pur­pose across the cham­ber, to sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to the very best of our abil­ity.

“Never end­ing na­tional aus­ter­ity marches on, and we will con­tinue to work with our su­perb staff to strive to de­liver es­sen­tial ser­vices against a back­drop of ever di­min­ish­ing re­sources.

“With over £30m to save over the next four years, many of the de­ci­sions that we have to make will be un­pop­u­lar, but they will be made with a firm fo­cus upon the re­al­ity of our chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and on pro­tect­ing our most es­sen­tial ser­vices and our most vul­ner­a­ble ci­ti­zens.”

Leader of Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil, Huw David

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