North Somerset Council announce new leader
PUBLISHED: 14:13 10 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:34 10 May 2019
Councillor Donald Davies has been announced as the new head of North Somerset Council.
Following last week's elections which left no party in overall control, an agreement has been reached today (Friday) by the Independents, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green groups to form a new administration.
Council leader Davies was keen to point out the new council was committed to a reforming agenda and confirmed it will review the authority's democratic structure to ensure we have a council which is 'more accessible, open, transparent and sustainable, just as the voters on May 2 demanded.'
He said: "The challenges facing North Somerset and the council require clear leadership and a stable political environment.
"We aim to provide the best possible services, promote fairness and reduce inequalities creating a better North Somerset for all, provide opportunities for economic growth and deliver balanced budgets and a financially secure local authority".
Liberal Democrats group leader Cllr Mike Bell will act as deputy leader, with Labour group leader Cllr Catherine Gibbons and Green group leader Cllr Bridget Petty both filling executive roles.
The new council leader, administration and executive line up will be confirmed at the full council meeting on May 14.