Leader of the Council
“Thank you Mr. Chairman, I think Members are aware of the
new agenda here, where Cabinet reports on portfolio activity at
item 9, but I do have some announcements on behalf of the
first one is that I’d like to formally announce that
I’m going to set up a Veterans and Service Personnel
Commission, with immediate effect, for this Council to investigate
all opportunities for it to do as much as it can, for those members
of the armed forces serving and retired.
see that we can pull together all the different strategies and
policies of the Council, and make sure that they’re all in
one place, so that it’s very, very clear that we go above and
beyond the armed forces covenant that we have agreed to and do
everything that we can in this District to do the best by those
people who have served on behalf of the country.
I’ve asked Councillor Gascoigne if he would Chair that
Commission and over the coming weeks and months that will be
staffed by the Scrutiny Team so that they can form part of proper
recommendations to Cabinet. Councillor
Gascoigne will be choosing members of that Commission from outside
of the Council to get expertise in and we’ve spoke to people
with relevant experience who run charitable bodies etc. already to
help feed in to that.
I’d like to make that announcement. I’m delighted that Councillor Gascoigne with
his proud service record actually on behalf of the country has
agreed to take on that piece of work. I
think it’s very, very good.
Secondly and lastly, Members may not be aware but this will be
Beth Brown’s last full Council meeting today. She is going off to….I don’t want to say a better
place! She’s going off to
Nottingham City, so it’s different. I’m not sure it’s better. I think she’s got a better job and a great
opportunity but I think we’ll be sad to see her and her
skills leave Ashfield District after the number of years
she’s been here.
on behalf of the Administration I’d like to say a big thank
you, and Beth, from us….we’d like you to come forward please
and take these flowers.
addition to that, I’d also like to say that it would
ordinarily have been Carol Cooper-Smith’s last full Council
meeting. She has served as Interim
Director for a long time and done an incredible piece of work here.
She goes off for a small vacation very
soon but we’re not going to say goodbye to Carol at this
stage and I’m not quite ready to say why not, but it’s
not goodbye, it’s just au-revoir for a couple of
weeks. So, thank you Carol for this bit
and we’ll see you very, very soon. Thank you Mr. Chairman.”
Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services
“Thank you Chairman for allowing me to talk on this
subject today before us. May I first of
all congratulate Theresa Hodgkinson on her promotion to the
Director of, of Places and Communities.
A very deserved appointment after many years working in this
Department. I would also like to put on
my record my sincere thanks to Carol for all her help that she
given me in the short time I’ve been one of her portfolio
holders and she had four actually…and as I say she’s
been the Director for the past two years and we all wish her well
with whatever she comes up with.”