‘United we serve’ District council cabinet confirmed by Lib Dems
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.
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.
Campaign against plans to designate the Cotswolds as a National Park.
Ensure that all new developments are built with superfast broadband as standard.
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.
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.
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.
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