Return to Cabinet system for council

May 31 2017

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has reverted to a system of being run by a leader and Cabinet members - five years after the arrangement was abandoned.

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SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has reverted to a system of being run by a leader and Cabinet members - five years after the arrangement was abandoned.

In the see-saw change of governance, the council has been run twice by committees and now, for the second time, by a Cabinet.

The change came into effect at the council’s annual general meeting, meaning the leader and executive members will take decisions either collectively as a Cabinet or individually as executive portfolio holders.

Decisions will be open to scrutiny by all of the non-executive councillors via a scrutiny commission.

Formal appointments to the various roles were also made at the AGM, with Matthew Riddle as council leader and Cabinet member for the local economy and devolution.

Councillor Riddle represents the Severn ward, comprising the villages of Olveston, Oldbury-on-Severn, Rockhampton, Hill and Aust.

Toby Savage becomes deputy leader and Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment.

Other portfolio holders are Ben Stokes, adult care; Jon Hunt, children and young people; Colin Hunt, planning, transportation and the strategic environment; Heather Goddard, communities and tourism; Erica Williams, housing delivery and public health, and John Goddard, corporate resources.

Councillors Ian Boulton and Claire Young share the chairmanship of the scrutiny commission.

Other non-executive chairmen and women appointed to head up various roles include Marian Lewis, health scrutiny; Nick Barrett, audit and accounts; June Bamford, development control east; Trevor Jones, development control west, and Keith Cranney, regulatory committee.

Separately, Yate councillor Ian Blair was appointed council chairman after a year in the role of vice-chairman.

Emersons Green councillor Rachael Hunt was appointed vice chairwoman. 

The chairman represents the council at civic functions as well as chairing meetings of the full council.

Pictured right: Matthew Riddle, council leader.