Council restructure supports economic growth

16 May 2018

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Mid Sussex District Councillors have changed the structure of the Council and placed an even greater focus on supporting economic growth.

A new Finance and Performance Cabinet position has been created to allow the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth to spend more time developing the local economy. The Cabinet now comprises the Leader and six portfolio holders.

At the Annual Council meeting on Wednesday 9 May, the number of Cabinet Members was increased by one, with Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke taking on the new role of Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance.

The Cabinet is now as follows:

  • Leader – Councillor Garry Wall
  • Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth – Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards
  • Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance – Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke
  • Cabinet Member for Service Delivery – Councillor Gary Marsh
  • Cabinet Member for Customer Services – Councillor Mandy Thomas-Atkin
  • Cabinet Member for Community – Councillor Norman Webster
  • Cabinet Member for Housing & Planning – Councillor Andrew MacNaughton

There are also changes to committees and other working groups as new chairs have been elected.

Councillor Bruce Forbes was re-elected as Chairman and will hold the position for the next 12 months, during the civic year that runs until next May. Councillor Colin Trumble was elected as the new Vice-Chairman.

“Our new structure will enable Councillor Ash-Edwards to dedicate more time, and focus more council resources, on helping the Mid Sussex economy thrive,” said Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council.

“We are working hard to create a positive business environment in Mid Sussex; helping small companies to grow; providing grant support and tax relief; funding local business associations and buying services from local businesses.

“The next 5-10 years are going to be a really important period of growth for Mid Sussex and represent a real opportunity for us to ensure our towns and villages are fit for the future. It’s essential that we secure the right level of infrastructure funding and our new Cabinet structure will enable us to spend more time lobbying national Government for extra money that will ensure all future growth is sustainable.”