New members at East Sussex County Council mean new look for cabinet

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THE TOP team at East Sussex County Council has welcomed new members to its ranks who will help to run the authority over the next year.

Three new faces including Ratton county councillor Colin Belsey have been appointed to the eight-strong cabinet committee with portfolios that cover the main services of the council.

These include children’s services, support for older people, community services, and the economy, transport and the environment.

While Councillor Peter Jones remains the leader of the council, Eastbourne’s Conservative David Elkin, who represents Sovereign, becomes the lead member for Children’s and Adults’ Services and Councillor Colin Belsey, the lead member for Children and Families.

The changes were outlined at the full county council meeting held at County Hall in Lewes last week.

Council leader Peter Jones said, “I am delighted we have welcomed new members to our top team.

“We’re going through a period of unprecedented change and the next few years will see huge finance and policy challenges for local government.

“However, I am confident my cabinet colleagues will continue the excellent work of the council, helping to deliver high quality, key services and at the same time keep a lid on council tax.

“We have a number of key priorities over the coming weeks and months. We want to carry out a review of our capital budgets, continue our support for our schools and push for improved results in our classrooms, and work with partners to further improve higher education in the county.

“We also want better broadband and regeneration to stimulate our local economy and we’ll work towards taking on our new responsibilities for health that are expected over the coming year.”

The council has also approved the appointment Councillor Matthew Lock as vice-chairman.

He was previously in charge of the economy, transport and environment at the county council but that role is now being undertaken by Councillor Carl Maynard.