We’ve made progress in busy Au­gust

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

NA­TION­ALLY Par­lia­ment is on a con­tro­ver­sial ex­tended break cour­tesy of Boris John­son and the Supreme Court is shortly to de­cide whether it is le­gal.

For­tu­nately the sum­mer break for coun­cil­lors in Chel­tenham was some­what less high pro­file al­though in fact hardly seemed to ex­ist at all.

While the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the coun­cil carry on as nor­mal dur­ing the sum­mer, gen­er­ally no for­mal coun­cil meet­ings are held in Au­gust.

The tra­di­tional ex­cep­tion is the plan­ning com­mit­tee, which has its reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing to help en­sure plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions are de­cided in good time.

This year an ex­tra over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­tee meet­ing was also held in Au­gust.

Wth the amount of things the coun­cil is cur­rently do­ing this was needed mainly to keep fu­ture agen­das to a man­age­able size.

Ar­guably the most sig­nif­i­cant thing the coun­cil did in Au­gust was spend £37.5 mil­lion buy­ing 45 hectares of land in West Chel­tenham to help cre­ate the Cy­ber Cen­tral de­vel­op­ment.

Not sur­pris­ingly be­hind the scenes there was a huge amount of work in­volved in get­ting the deal over the line on Au­gust 22 and to ar­range the press launch the fol­low­ing day.

In ad­di­tion a ma­jor piece of work is un­der way in re­sponse to the Cli­mate Emer­gency which the coun­cil re­cently de­clared.

We are aim­ing to bring an ac­tion plan to the Oc­to­ber 14 coun­cil meet­ing to iden­tify what ex­tra we can do to help tackle cli­mate change. In­ci­den­tally this meet­ing will be the first to be we­b­cast so may be worth a watch!

With Pat Prat­ley re­tir­ing as our chief ex­ec­u­tive at the end of Septem­ber, the process of find­ing her re­place­ment is in full swing. Pat will be a hard act to fol­low and it’s another de­ci­sion we need to get right.

The target is to con­firm a new ap­point­ment at the Oc­to­ber coun­cil meet­ing.

So far from be­ing a break, this Au­gust has in many ways seemed busier than usual but I’m hop­ing it’s been worth it in pro­gress­ing key is­sues we will all ben­e­fit from in fu­ture.

Coun­cil­lor Steve Jor­dan Leader, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil

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