Rutland county councillors elected to key positions at annual meeting

Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con)
Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con)

The councillors who will take key positions on Rutland County Council were chosen at a meeting on Monday.

The annual council meeting was the first to take place since the elections in May.

Kenneth Bool (Con) was elected to serve as the council’s new chairman, with Edward Baines (Con) chosen as vice-chairman.

Roger Begy (Con) and Terry King (Con) will remain as council leader and deputy leader respectively.

The other members of the cabinet, as well as Couns Begy and King, will be David Wilby, Richard Foster , Richard Clifton and Tony Mathias, all Conservative.

Couns Wilby and Foster were appointed as portfolio holders to support the children and young people area, Coun Clifton is responsible for adult social care and health, while Coun Mathias will oversee places, covering highways, environment and transport.

Coun King will continue to cover the other elements of the places directorate, including planning, development and the economy.

l A third political group has been established on Rutland County Council, following the formation of Conservative and Independent groups in May.

Gale Waller and Sam Asplin have formed a Liberal Democrat group.

This means that the only councillors not affiliated to one of the groups is Coun Jeff Dale and Coun Richard Gale, who are both Independent.

Council chief executive Helen Briggs said: “When Councillors form groups they do so because they share common views and goals and wish to work together on the council. They are still responsible for representing their respective wards.”