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South Somerset District Council's Civic Roles Chosen

Thursday 26 May 2011, 12:30
By Dawn Haydon

Ric Pallister, newly appointed SSDC LeaderNew civic roles and responsibilities at South Somerset District following the May elections were chosen at the annual Meeting of the Council last night.

Cllr Ric Pallister was announced as the new Leader, while Cllr Mike Best became the new district council Chairman for the next four years.

Cllr Tim Carroll was confirmed as the Deputy Leader and Cllr Roy Mills remains the Deputy Chairman.

New Leader Cllr Ric Pallister has been a district councillor since 1999 and also serves as a Parrett ward member. He said,

"Leading the council successfully through the choppy waters of the worst financial situation that local authorities have faced in many years will be a real challenge.

"There will be no easy answers, and I am well aware that some decisions we may have to take will not be popular.

"I am, however, fortunate that I will have 59 other councillors also doing their best for the people of South Somerset throughout the next four years. As a team, we will work together, and I look forward to building that team."

Cllr Mike Best, new Chairman, is a Crewkerne ward member and has been a district councillor since 2005. Also a town councillor, he said, "I am very much looking forward to meeting people across the entire district. Locally, when I was Mayor for Crewkerne for nine years, I wanted to do as much as possible and go out and support as many people as I could, and it's this I would like to continue only on a much wider scale."

The district council's Executive, including new portfolios, was also announced as follows:

Name Party Role
Ric Pallister Lib Dem Leader: Strategy and Policy (including Housing, LSP, Human Resources, Efficiency agenda, Performance, Area Development and oversight of Civil Contingencies)
Tim Carroll Lib Dem Deputy Leader and Vice-Chairman of the Executive (including Finance and Legal Services, Strategic car parks income, Revenues and Benefits, Spatial Planning, Strategic Asset Management, South West Audit Partnership, and, Procurement)
Sylvia Seal Lib Dem Leisure and Culture (including Sport, Countryside, Arts, Heritage, Health and Well-Being, Third Sector and Partnerships, and, Member Development)
Jo Roundell Greene Lib Dem Environment and Economic Development (including Waste and Recycling, Street Scene, Somerset Waste Board, Economic Development and Regeneration, and, Equalities and Diversity)
Henry Hobhouse Lib Dem Property and Climate Change (including Strategic Transport, Engineering and Property Services, Climate Change, ICT & GIS, Civil Contingencies, Business Continuity, Somerset Waste Board)
Peter Seib Lib Dem Regulatory and Democratic Services (including Development Management, Environmental Health, Building Control, Licensing, Health and Safety, and, Democratic Services)
Tony Fife Lib Dem Area South Chairman with strategic responsibility for Yeovil Vision and Community Safety
Angie Singleton Lib Dem Area West Chairman with strategic responsibility for Market Towns
Patrick Palmer Ind Area North Chairman with strategic responsibility for Rural Communities
Michael Lewis Con Area East Chairman with strategic responsibility for Customer Services

The new political make up of South Somerset District Council following the May local election is: 31 Liberal Democrat seats 25 Conservative Party seats and 4 Independent seats.

For more information see the minutes of the Full Council meeting, available next week, at or call South Somerset District Council on 01935 462462.


Posts: 1
Proportional Representation
Reply #1 on : Thu June 02, 2011, 09:01:31
Interesting that according to the seats won (as above) that only two portfolios aren't filled by Lib Dem candidates. Seems a bit lop sided.
Nick Colbert
Posts: 1
Proportional Representation
Reply #2 on : Fri June 03, 2011, 16:35:33
But Sleuth,

Surly you know the Lib/dems only like Proportional Representation when it suits them. The Conservatives actually polled more votes accross South Somerset than the Lib/dems but the Lib/dems won more seats, that's the way it goes sometimes.

Of the two portfolios that are not Lib/dem the Independent Patrick Palmer was given his portfolio as he invariably votes with the Lib/dems in council.

The sole Conservative on the Executive was elected in our area, area East, as that area has 10 Conservatives, 1 Independent and 1 Lib/dem.

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