Portfolio makeover for St Edmundsbury’s new cabinet councillors

St Edmundsbury's headquarters at West Suffolk House ENGANL00120130105142226
St Edmundsbury's headquarters at West Suffolk House ENGANL00120130105142226

The latest cabinet for St Edmundsbury Borough Council has been chosen with new responsibilities for some of its portfolio holders.

John Griffiths and Sara Mildmay-White have been re-elected at the borough’s annual meeting yesterday as council leader and deputy leader respectively.

Cllr Griffiths said: “We are well-placed to face the considerable challenges ahead and will continue to focus on our strategic priorities of economic growth, housing and strong communities.

“I look forward to working with my fellow councillors and others, both here and across the county, to help further improve things here in West Suffolk.”

To face the new challenges ahead, some of the portfolios have been renamed and reorganised to bring responsibilities together and change their emphasis.

So Peter Stevens Waste and Property portfolio becomes Operations with a wider remit to add facilities like car parking and caring for the street scene.

Alaric Pugh’s Economic Growth has planning added to the portfolio, recognising how the two are linked.

Sara Mildmay-White takes over Housing from Anne Gower, who stepped down as a Haverhill councillor, while her old portfolio of Health and Communities becomes Family and Communities under Robert Everitt.

A council spokeswoman said: “It’s with more emphasis on the family – healthier families and communities.”

The Leisure and Culture portfolio previously handled by Sarah Stamp now goes to Jo Rayner

Resources and Performance portfolio holder Ian Houlder will have the responsibility to advise on investments and making sure nobodu overspends. His role is likened to a finance director in a company.

To read about St Edmundsbury’s mayor making click here