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Executive shake up at West Berkshire Council

Planning and highways councillors step down

John Herring

John Herring


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It's all change at the top of West Berkshire Council.

The council's executive member for planning, Alan Law (Con, Basildon), and Garth Simpson (Con, Cold Ash), who was responsible for highways and transport, have resigned from the executive.

And while parliament holds its summer recess council leader Roger Croft (Con, Thatcham south and Crookham) has decided to reshuffle his council cabinet.  

Hilary Cole (Con, Chieveley) steps from adult social care and culture into planning, while vice chairwoman of the council Jeanette Clifford (Con, Northcroft) will take the highways and transport role. 

Mrs Cole holds on to the housing portfolio. 

However, the council will need to appoint a new vice chair as the position cannot be held by a member of the executive.

Also reshuffled is the education portfolio held by Dominic Boeck (Con, Aldermaston).

Lynne Doherty (Con, Northcroft) will assume the education portfolio alongside her children's services portfolio. 

Mr Boeck will take culture from Mrs Cole as well as the environment portfolio, which was held by Marcus Franks (Con, Speen), while keeping his ICT and property brief.

Mr Franks retains his community resilience and partnerships role. 

Rick Jones (Con, Purley-on-Thames) will become the executive member for adult social care.

When asked whether the reshuffle was planned or triggered by the resignations of Mr Law and Mr Simpson, Mr Croft said: "You have to consider what is your best executive you can have. Sometimes it's opportunity led and sometimes it's not opportunity led."

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  • jb_007uk


    17/08/2016 - 12:12

    How about they all step down and we vote in people who care about our community...


  • Blizzard

    17/08/2016 - 03:03

    My BS detector has gone off. So both decided to leave just before....something awful is revealed. This way whomever inherits (whatever F up), can say "Not my fault". Go to one of the junior schools as I'm sure the kids would draw a better plan in crayon


  • Oldmoaner

    16/08/2016 - 18:06

    West Berkshire Council in disarray again now there’s a surprise! One managed to achieve a planning vision that has left West Berkshire planning in absolute turmoil, the other gave us a road to nowhere, Ikea and even more planning disputes. Now we have someone completely intent on building on every green space in Newbury to a height of at least five storeys whilst preserving the area of outstanding natural beauty junction 13 of the M4 at Chieveley. The other inherits more traffic nightmares than before the A34 bypass was built


  • Villager

    16/08/2016 - 14:02

    One can only speculate why the Highways and Transport Councillor would choose this moment to resign. We are probably well rid.


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