Breckland Council confirms new leader

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Breckland Council has confirmed previous leader William Nunn has retaken the role.

Mr Nunn, a North Lopham resident who led the district authority from 2005 to 2013, was elected following nomination by the local Conservative group on Tuesday, and a full council meeting yesterday.

We will retain our core values as we grasp and shape the opportunities for the future of which I believe there will be many. I intend to influence policy development and delivery at a national level, ensuring real impact at a local level

William Nunn

Mr Nunn continued to serve as a councillor and increased his involvement in Local Government Authority (LGA) peer work after he left the role two-and-half years ago, as well as spending more time with his family.

Previous leader Michael Wassell, who signalled his intention to stand down in March, will continue to serve as a councillor for the Watton ward.

Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen will become Deputy Leader of the council.

“We have an exciting agenda of change ahead of us,” said Mr Nunn.

“I am ready again to lead a council I have served as an elected Member since 1995. Since I was last the leader much has changed at a local, regional and national level.

“I have also gained some valuable knowledge and experience through national peer work and can use this to provide a different perspective.

“The Council has continued to flourish and is currently following an ambitious transformation strategy to improve services even further. Much has been achieved whilst dealing with the strains of making savings and a shifting focus from central Government regarding the future shape of public services.

“We will retain our core values as we grasp and shape the opportunities for the future of which I believe there will be many. I intend to influence policy development and delivery at a national level, ensuring real impact at a local level.

“Devolution provides many opportunities and at Breckland we have always been keen to embrace change and use it to the advantage of our residents who continue to benefit from the lowest district Council Tax in the country. The devolution deal needs to be right for Breckland, right for Norfolk and most of all, right for the people we serve as a council.

“I want to build on the work of the previous leader, Cllr Michael Wassell, and would like to thank him for his leadership over the last three years. He can be very proud of what he has achieved and I wish him and his family well. I look forward to working with him and my fellow councillors in my role as Leader.”