Paul Collins

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All change at the Council

by Paul Collins on 6 June, 2014

As predicted on this website and by others, the result of the Borough Election two weeks ago saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority at the Council.  The number of Councillors is now; Tories 19, Independents 13, Labour 9 and Lib Dems & UKIP 5 each.  With the number of  at least 26 Council members to reach out of 51 to run the Council, I understand various discussions were held to see if a coalition of Council groups could be created to form the administration for this civic year.  The result is that the Independents, along with Labour and the Liberal Democrats have entered into a formal agreement (total of 27 members) to form the Administration of the Council.  Last night at the Annual Council Meeting, this agreement was ratified by the election of Councillor Ron Woodley (Independent) to be leader of the Council, along with Cllr Ian Gilbert (Labour) and Cllr Graham Longley (Liberal Democrat) to be the Deputy Leaders. It was a shame that new Westborough Councillor Mike Royston was unwell and did not attend.

The direct interest of Westborough is with the following appointments, also ratified last night;

  • ·   former Westborough Councillor and now Thorpe Councillor, Martin Terry holds a Cabinet post for Public Protection ,Waste & Transport – included in his portfolio are the following; Abandoned Vehicles, Alleys, cleansing, Graffiti control, Highways including maintenance, Public toilets, Transport and parking infrastructure + planning, Untidy sites & buildings, Waste collection, Disposal, management, Recycling & sanitation.   I am sure many Westborough residents will be contacting him to make sure he is fully aware of their issues in relation to these responsibilities.
  • ·   also, Westborough Councillors,  Cllr Royston and Cllr Velmurugan ( he recently re-joined the Independent ‘group’) are appointed to the planning committee, Development and Control, which is good news for the Ward.  I am sure residents will be getting in touch with them about any planning concerns they may in the Ward.
  • ·   lastly, the Libraries are under the control of Liberal Democrat cabinet member Cllr Graham Longley and all matters to do with the changes to the Library are under review.  I will be speaking to Graham to put my view to him in what I believe should be the continued future of Westcliff Library.



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  1. Robert Howes says:

    Thank you to Paul for this detail. It may be useful to see these new appointments on the Website’s home page, as news items.

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