New Lewes council leader sets out vision

Cllr James Page is now the leader of Lewes District Council
Cllr James Page is now the leader of Lewes District Council

THE NEW leader of Lewes District Council (LDC) has been announced after Conservative Councillor Tony Nicholson stepped down from the role.

His fellow Tory colleague, Councillor James Page, was elected to take Seaford resident Cllr Nicholson’s place last week.

Speaking last Monday, Cllr Page said, “I’m honoured to be the leader of Lewes District Council.

“I became involved in local politics because I felt things that could be done better.

“The residents of Lewes district deserve the best services possible for the council tax they pay.

“I have today set out a new direction. We want to create a ‘One District, One Council’ approach that brings the council closer to the residents of the district.

“We are going to focus on three things – unswerving commitment to excellent value services, uncompromising commitment to quality and unlocking the talents of staff to improve services.

“What does this mean in practical terms for residents? Well it means improving customer services, working smarter and saving money.”

Cllr Nicholson, of Marine Drive, had taken on the role of leader of LDC in May last year, following the local elections.

He recently stepped down as group leader of the party group and his plans to formally resign as leader of LDC were announced earlier this month.

In a press statement he did not give his reasons for why he was resigning as leader of LDC, but said he was fully supportive of the planned changes and would play a full part as a member of the Conservative group.