Council cuts number of Cabinet Members

The number of Cabinet Members at Amber Valley Borough Council has been cut from six to five following the recent Full Council meeting. The titles of each role have also been simplified to better reflect the responsibilities.

Councillor Paul Jones, Leader of the Council, will be responsible for Policy and guide the Cabinet, and ultimately the Council, in the development of objectives and strategies, including managing the budget and setting standards and targets for improvement.

Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams, the Deputy Leader of the Council, will be responsible for Regeneration and will lead in relation to the Local Development Framework, town centre improvements, and attracting business development in and visitors to Amber Valley.

Cllr John McCabe, will be responsible for Environment and will lead in relation to waste disposal and recycling, street cleaning, maintenance of parks, and enforcement of environmental crimes such as fly tipping and dog fouling.

Cllr Tony Holmes will be responsible for Housing and Public Health. In addition to overseeing all matters relating to housing, the public health element includes sports development, food safety, workplace safety and pollution control.

Cllr Isobel Harry will be responsible for Community Safety and will lead on community cohesion and integration, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and ensuring standards are maintained in skin piercing businesses such as tattooists and acupuncturists.

Cllr Paul Jones said: “We could not justify the maintenance of six posts for the total workload of the Cabinet and the recognised relationship between Housing and Health made it sensible to combine those two portfolios. We wanted to make the Cabinet titles understandable not only to the public but also other councillors. The Cabinet members have a range of skills and new ideas they will bring to their roles, and will improve on what has gone before for the benefit of Amber Valley residents. A further improvement is a reduction in the number of committees of the Council.”

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