Mike Steptoe takes over economic development and regeneration
The new district council year starts in earnest with Annual Council next Tuesday.
It’s a bit like the start of the football season. Just as premiership teams have to submit their squads, each year the political groups have to send a list of councillors in their group. The political groups also send in the names of their leaders, deputy leaders and nominations for each committee place available to them. You can find all the details here.
Groups and Group leaders: No surprises here. Councillors Cutmore, Black, John Mason and Michael Hoy remain leaders of their respective groups. And no councillors have defected to another party.
The Council Cabinet : A few changes here. In particular Cllr Colin Seagers is no longer in the cabinet. (This may be because he is now a county coucnillor). He is replaced by Simon Smith, which means that one Rayleigh member can now speak at cabinet meetings! Also some other responsibilities have been swopped round, so that Keith Gordon takes over recycling from Mike Steptoe. In return Mike Steptoe takes over economic development and regeneration. So if you want to talk about regenerating town centres, the affable Cllr Steptoe is now the man to talk to.
Other Committees : Perhaps the biggest change is that Phil Capon will be the new chair of the Development Committee, with Cheryl Roe as vice-chair (which many people will see as deserved promotions). Also the Lib Dems have nominated Chris Lumley to the chair of the Review Committee, instead of his wife June.