Rutland County Council meets for first time and puts together 50-year plan
The elected councillors who will shape Rutland’s future for the next four years have met for the first time and the leader wants them to work with him to shape the county’s future for the next half century.
Coun Oliver Hemsley was re-elected as leader of the Conservative-run Rutland County Council at last night’s (May 13) annual council meeting and he told his fellow councillors that putting together a 50-year plan to map out the future of the county is on the agenda for this electoral term.
Development is the most pressing issue in the county with the controversial St George’s Barracks at the former MOD site in North Luffenham and the proposed Woolfox Garden Village at a greenfield site off the A1 high up in residents’ thoughts.
Coun Hemsley, who represents the Langham Ward, said he would be appealing to the whole council to come up with ideas for the way forward for the area.
He said after the meeting: “The plans are just at the embryonic stage but we need to look further than the next five years and map out what we want for Rutland to ensure that it maintains its unique character.”
Other issues the leader noted as priorities were a bypass for Caldecott, gaining more sports facilities to encourage youth sport, rural speeding and more electric car charging points in the county.
Almost half of the council’s 27 councillors will be serving on the authority for the first time. The ruling Conservative group has 15 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have three councillors, there are seven councillors who make up The Independent Group and two councillors who are not aligned to groups.
At the meeting Coun Kenneth Bool was re-elected as chairman and Coun Gordon Brown was made deputy leader. The other cabinet members are Coun Lucy Stephenson, Coun Alan Walters and Coun David Wilby.
Coun Gale Waller was elected overall chairman of the council’s three scrutiny committees.