‘United we serve’ Dis­trict coun­cil cab­i­net con­firmed by Lib Dems

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COTSWOLD Dis­trict Coun­cil has con­firmed its new cab­i­net and coun­cil leader af­ter the Lib­eral Democrats gained con­trol at the lo­cal elec­tion ear­lier this month.

Lib Dem coun­cil­lor Joe Har­ris, 26, was ap­pointed as coun­cil leader at a meet­ing on Tues­day as well as his eight cab­i­net mem­bers.

Vot­ers turned away from the Tories as the party’s ma­jor­ity of 10 was wiped out on May 2, with eight wards won by the Lib­eral Demo­crat op­po­nents.

The Lib Dems gained six seats from the Tories, as well as one In­de­pen­dent and a Green can­di­date - mark­ing the first ever Green coun­cil­lor on the dis­trict coun­cil.

Of the nine new cab­i­net mem­bers, five of them are new to the dis­trict coun­cil.

Mr Har­ris (LD, St Michaels) said: “Our motto is ‘united we serve’ and to­gether we can de­liver on that promise.”

Look­ing through the Lib Dems’ lo­cal elec­tion man­i­festo, here are some things they are tar­get­ing.

Hous­ing

Stop plan­ning per­mis­sions for hol­i­day homes un­til the hous­ing wait­ing list is re­duced by 50 per cent.

Work with Par­ish Coun­cils, com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal char­i­ties to iden­tify so­cial hous­ing need be­yond what the Dis­trict Coun­cil al­ready knows.

Plan­ning

Cam­paign against plans to des­ig­nate the Cotswolds as a Na­tional Park.

En­sure that all new de­vel­op­ments are built with su­per­fast broad­band as stan­dard.

Com­mu­nity

Ex­plore ways that the Dis­trict Coun­cil can help de­liver bet­ter bus ser­vices for res­i­dents across the Dis­trict and also re­view ex­ist­ing bus ser­vices with a view to fill­ing gaps and cre­at­ing an holis­tic timetable.

Gov­er­nance and man­age­ment

Start the process of se­cur­ing a Uni- tary Au­thor­ity in Glouces­ter­shire by work­ing with col­leagues across the County to seek com­mon ground and con­sen­sus.

Re­struc­ture the se­nior man­age­ment to in­clude a Chief Ex­ec­u­tive for the Coun­cil to cham­pion and de­liver the Coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties at of­fi­cer level.

Set up a re­view into Coun­cil struc­ture look­ing at the ben­e­fits of the com­mit­tee sys­tem vs cab­i­net and other sys­tems with find­ings to be im­ple­mented in 2021.

Econ­omy

Aggressive­ly bid for Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship fund­ing for the North Cotswolds, in par­tic­u­lar with the aim of set­ting up a North Cotswolds Growth hub like the fa­cil­ity in Cirences­ter.

En­vi­ron­ment

De­clare a Cli­mate Emer­gency and set as­so­ci­ated tar­gets for the coun­cil to be carbon zero by 2030, and to end sin­gle use plas­tics at the coun­cil by 2021.

Re­in­state Green waste col­lec­tion all year round and re­view the gar­den waste ser­vice and pricing.

Em­power Town and Par­ish Coun­cils to is­sue on-the-spot fines for dog foul­ing and lit­ter­ing.

Park­ing

De­liver a new car park for Cirences­ter as soon as pos­si­ble.

Scrap Sun­day park­ing charges in all car parks.

The Tories lost their ma­jor­ity of 10 seats at the lo­cal elec­tion on May 2, with the Lib Dems win­ning 18 of the 34 seats up for grabs.

That means the Lib Dems have a ma­jor­ity of two.

The Greens, who launched a lo­cal Cotswolds group just four years ago, won their first seat, tak­ing the Riss­ing­tons ward from the Tories.

Tet­bury East and Ru­ral was taken from the Con­ser­va­tives by In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Nikki Ind. Here’s how the coun­cil looks: Lib­eral Demo­crat: 18 Con­ser­va­tive: 14 Green: One In­de­pen­dent: One

Cotswold Dis­trict Coun­cil leader Joe Har­ris

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