Derbyshire County Council’s new cabinet line-up announced

The new Conservative leadership of Derbyshire County Council.
The new Conservative leadership of Derbyshire County Council.
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Derbyshire County Council has announced its new-look cabinet after the Conservatives regained control from the Labour Party last week.

The Tories gained 19 seats across the county including Chesterfield, Heanor, Ripley, Ilkeston and Buxton.

The Conservatives now hold 37 seats on the council, with Labour holding 24 and the Liberal Democrats holding three seats.

New council leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, said the new administration heralded a fresh start and that his team would start to implement their plans from day one.

The new cabinet line-up – to be confirmed at the council’s AGM on May 24 – is:

• Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism – Councillor Barry Lewis

• Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure – Councillor Simon Spencer

• Cabinet Member for Health and Communities – Councillor Carol Hart

• Cabinet Member for Adult Care – Councillor Jean Wharmby

• Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration – Councillor Tony King

• Cabinet Member for Council Services – Councillor Angelique Foster

• Cabinet Member for Young People – Councillor Alex Dale

Councillor Linda Chilton is to become Derbyshire County Council’s chairman with Councillor George Wharmby selected as her vice-chairman.

Changes to be implemented include the discontinuation of the Improvement and Scrutiny Management Committee.

Councillor Lewis said: “We have put together a very strong team who will work hard to drive forward our key priorities.

“We’re starting work straight away on implementing our plans which include accelerating the work on fixing potholes to clear the backlog and abolishing the charges at household waste recycling centres.

“We are also putting a stop to plans to introduce parking charges in areas including Matlock Bath and will shortly be announcing a referendum in Chesterfield, giving people the opportunity to give their views on joining Sheffield City Region.

“We will reverse cuts to community transport to help support vulnerable people in isolated rural areas and will restart our innovative £30m care programme to provide new, modern care homes for the county’s older people.”

NEW CABINET LINE UP: Councillor Tony King, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Councillor Alex Dale, Cabinet Member for Young People, Councillor Carol Hart, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Simon Spencer, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Barry Lewis, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Jean Wharmby, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Councillor Angelique Foster, Cabinet Member for Council Services.