Leader, Chairman and portfolio holders have now been elected at East Devon District Council
At the annual meeting of East Devon District Council on Wednesday 27 May, the following key appointments were agreed:
Chairman and Deputy Chairman
Councillor Stuart Hughes, the ward member for Sidmouth Sidford has been elected as the new Chairman of the council for the following civic year. Former Chairman, Councillor Graham Godbeer, invested Councillor Hughes with the Chain and Jewel of Office.
Councillor Helen Parr, ward member for Coly Valley, has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Council, taking over from former councillor Christine Drew.
Commenting on his appointment as East Devon’s new Chairman, Councillor Hughes said:
I am honoured to accept the position of Chairman and am extremely conscious of the duties and future challenges that come as part of this role. I promise that I will fulfil those duties to the best of my ability and I look forward to tackling any challenges that are presented. I would like to thank the retiring Chairman, Councillor Godbeer, for his hard work in the role and for his skill and fairness when chairing difficult meetings - he will certainly be a hard act to follow. Graham has been a true ambassador for the council and has represented East Devon with courtesy and charm.
Leader and Deputy Leader
Councillor Diviani thanked everyone for allowing him to continue as Leader and said:
I will endeavour to do my best for all the people of East Devon. As a council we will continue to deliver local homes for local people and to cut the housing waiting list by two-thirds this year. We will hold Council Tax for a fifth year, yet we will make no cuts to our frontline services, which are a credit to us as they continue to offer high quality support to residents despite central Government funding cuts.
It is our intention to maintain the significant progress we have made with the regeneration of our coastal and market towns, which will in turn support the local economy and to continue to conserve, as well as promote, our wonderful rural environment.
Over the next 12 months it is our firm intention to finalise our Local Plan, which will in turn ensure that we have a housing land supply of almost six years. We will continue to progress our relocation proposals, as our proposed office moves will help us to become even more efficient and to provide excellent value for taxpayers.
I hope that all our members will understand and support this decisive manifesto that we are undertaking, because the people of East Devon certainly have.
Cabinet Members and Portfolio holders
The following members have been appointed to the Cabinet:
Two additional cabinet positions have been created for Members without Portfolio, these will be filled by:
Committees - Chairmen and Vice Chairmen
Employment Appeals – Chairman, Councillor Andrew Moulding.
Housing Review Board – Chairman, Councillor Pauline Stott
Standards – Chairman, Councillor Stuart Hughes.
Business – Councillor Marcus Hartnell
Culture – Councillor John O’Leary
Employment – Councillor Mike Allen
Exmouth Town – Councillor John Humphreys
Flood Alleviation – Councillor Peter Bowden
Health and Wellbeing – Councillor David Foster
Member Development and Engagement – Councillor Maddy Chapman
Neighbourhood Planning – Councillor Mark Williamson
Planning, Design and Heritage – Councillor Christopher Pepper
Procurement – Councillor Graham Godbeer
Rural – Councillor Paul Carter
Tourism – Councillor Alison Greenhalgh
Youth – Councillor Maria Hale
Allocation of seats according to political groups
- Conservatives 37 members 63% 56 seats
- Independent Group 15 members 25% 23 seats
- Liberal Democrats 6 members 10% 10 seats
- Independent 1 member
Total number of members: 59
Total number of seats: 89