New team chosen to lead borough
COUNCIL leader Michael Jones has revealed a new-look cabinet to face the future challenges of the authority.
Coun Jones, who has been reappointed as leader, unveiled a team which includes three councillors representing Macclesfield.
Seasoned politician Coun Ainsley Arnold, who represents Tytherington ward, will be responsible for Housing and Planning matters, while Coun Paul Findlow, representing Prestbury ward, takes on Performance.
Other cabinet posts go to: David Brown, deputy leader and responsible for Highways; Rachel Bailey, responsible for Children and Families; Janet Clowes, responsible for Adults, Health and Leisure; Les Gilbert, responsible for Communities; Peter Groves, responsible for Finance and Assets; and Don Stockton, responsible for Regeneration and Assets.
There is also a new role for new Tytherington councillor Sam Gardner, who has been given the deputy cabinet role for Finance and Assets.
Other deputy roles go to: George Hayes – Children and Families; Stewart Gardiner – Adults, Health and Leisure; Glen Williams – Communities; and Tony Dean – Regeneration and Assets.
Coun Jones said: “Cheshire East is in a very good position with a record low-level of unemployment, a strong and growing economy, new businesses establishing in the borough and massive investment projects under way for roads, infrastructure and the regeneration and revitalisation of our major towns.
“Things are really on the move in Cheshire East. But there is still much to do and this council will not rest on its laurels or allow for any complacency.
“My cabinet is essentially the same strong, capable and committed team – but with some talented new recruits, which I have great confidence will continue to deliver for residents.
“The cabinet is a highly experienced and talented team which has matured into an effective group, who know each other and work well together.
“This is essential for meeting the significant challenges and opportunities ahead – and maintain our commitment to putting residents first and delivering value for money for the people of Cheshire East. We face some tough challenges ahead, but I am very confident that by continuing to work hard and be innovative in the way we operate we can achieve great things.”
●● Coun Michael Jones