New leadership roles for North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet team

Council News
10:31, Tuesday, 28th July 2020

North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet team has been reorganised with new roles created focusing on post-Covid-19 recovery, further improving the environment, and, in a first for the council, the appointment of a dedicated cabinet member for Ashby, Bottesford and Scunthorpe.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council has responsibility for place shaping and connectivity and will lead the way on enabling economic recovery and growth following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire has responsibility for adults and health, supporting the reopening and renewal while also taking the lead in preventing local outbreaks.

Cllrs John Davison and Carl Sherwood have been appointed as cabinet members for safer, stronger communities. Cllr Sherwood will focus on rural communities while Cllr Davison will focus on the communities of Ashby, Bottesford and Scunthorpe.

Additionally, the council’s continued commitment to the environment is underlined as Cllr David Rose is appointed as cabinet member for environment. He will play a key part in supporting the development of new projects and initiatives to create a cleaner, greener more sustainable future for North Lincolnshire.

Cllr Rob Waltham, said:

“We have taken this opportunity to re-evaluate how we do things as a council to provide the best outcomes for the people and place of North Lincolnshire.

“Record Government investment is being made into North Lincolnshire and we are keen to make sure that residents see the difference.

“The new cabinet team structure helps us redefine what we do within our existing our priorities. We are focused on the economy, health and the environment. Scunthorpe is our county town and having a specific cabinet focus on it will enable the town to unleash its full potential.

“Keeping the economy going and identifying growth opportunities is key for North Lincolnshire. We have many significant projects ongoing and in the pipeline which will open up further development opportunities, including installing a roundabout on the M181 which will be a gateway for new housing and business.

“Keeping people safe and well, enabling communities to flourish and growing the economy are at the heart of everything we do.”

Cllr Richard Hannigan, said:

“The past few months have been unprecedented in many ways for everyone and now as we move forward it is vital that everyone plays their part in preventing the spread of the virus and keeping people safe.

“We have been working closely with our health partners to develop the Covid-19 Prevention and Outbreak Management Framework in the Humber and North Lincolnshire’s Outbreak Management Delivery Plan to provide an integrated approach for the prevention and recovery phases.

“We will continue to work hard in supporting the most vulnerable in our communities to ensure they can live independently for longer.”

Cllr John Davison, said:

“We are committed to developing Scunthorpe into an economic powerhouse. We’re focusing on jobs and prosperity and we are being supported by millions of pounds from the government to do this.

“We have already seen some major improvements to Scunthorpe town centre in recent years, including the opening of St John’s Market and the council and Ongo moving their headquarters to Church Square. The redevelopment of a prime 2.5 acre site in Scunthorpe town centre is currently underway to pave the way for a new business opportunity.

“Scunthorpe has huge potential and we aim to take full advantage of this to make it the best place to live, visit, work and invest.”

Cllr David Rose, said:

“A number of environmental projects have been announced recently, not least our ambition to see 200,000 trees across the county as part of the government’s Northern Forest scheme.

“We are also turning Church Square in Scunthorpe into an urban park and developing an environmental makeover for Queensway by replaced fencing with sustainable hedging as well as creating low-maintenance wild flower meadows.

“These initiatives, as with the others, will support our ambition of becoming a low carbon council by further reducing carbon emissions and associated energy, fuel and utility costs.”

The cabinet team, as pictured from left to right, are:

  • Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member for finance and governance
  • Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – rural
  • Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment and strategic planning
  • Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families
  • Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and cabinet member for place shaping and connectivity
  • Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for commercial
  • Cllr Richard Hannigan, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and cabinet member for adults and health
  • Cllr Ralph Ogg, cabinet member for resident engagement and rural partnerships
  • Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – urban: Ashby, Bottesford and Scunthorpe

Specific delegated powers have been given to each of the cabinet members who will make decisions within their areas of responsibility. This will be done following legal requirements to ensure decisions are open and transparent.