Shake-up as council leader appoints cabinet

RE-ELECTED Scarborough Borough Council leader Tom Fox has appointed his new cabinet.

Coun Fox, who was re-elected to the Weaponness Ward in last week’s local elections, has brought in some new faces.

Retaining her position as cabinet member for finance, procurement and legal is Conservative Coun Jane Kenyon.

Bill Chatt, an Independent councillor, replaces Jonathan Dixon, who decided not to seek re-election, as the portfolio holder of housing, property maintenance, public health and sustainability.

The role of overseeing technical services, highways and transport, environment, project management and coastal and flood defences stays with Conservative councillor Andrew Backhouse.

Conservative Coun Derek Bastiman retains responsibility for strategic planning and regeneration, while the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, Brian Simpson, keeps hold of the portfolio for neighbourhood renewal, community involvement and partnerships, democratic and customer services

and safer communities.

Conservative Coun Penny Marsden also retains her portfolio for human resources, performance and ICT.

But there is a change in tourism and culture, with Conservative Coun David Jeffels coming in for Independent Coun Janet Jefferson, and in the harbours, land and project management portfolio, with Independent Coun Mike Cockerill replacing Independent group leader Coun Peter Popple.