Leader is re-elected at selection meeting

Published on 3rd June 2014

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Cheltenham Borough Council has re-elected Councillor Steve Jordan as its leader at the selection meeting yesterday (Monday 2 June).

There has only been one change to Cabinet with Cllr Chris Coleman replacing Cllr Roger Whyborn. Some of the content and titles of portfolios have been revised to allow for the changing structure of the council.

Councillor Jordan continues to take the strategic lead for policy, economic development and strategic land use at the council. The other cabinet members and their portfolios are as follows:

  • Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety
  • Councillor Jon Walklett, cabinet member for corporate services
  • Councillor John Rawson, cabinet member for finance
  • Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing
  • Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles
  • Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment

Councillor Jordan, says: “Cabinet collectively decides the policy and direction for the council. I would like to thank Roger Whyborn who is stepping down for all his hard work. I am confident that we will be a strong team and make a positive difference in Cheltenham.’’

The Liberal Democrat cabinet will tackle some key issues for Cheltenham, including:

  • Continuing to progress plans to regenerate and improve the town centre. 
  • Ensure retention of an extensive Green Belt, providing a substantial ‘buffer’ of green space to separate Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bishops Cleeve.
  • Increasing the range of waste materials that can be recycled.
  • To promote clean energy sources such as photovoltaic in its own properties and in the wider community.
  • To invest directly in new affordable housing, and by insisting that private developers play their part in delivering affordable homes. 
  • To help local residents improve their own neighbourhoods and work with the police to reduce anti-social behaviour.
  • Continue to work in partnership to make council services more efficient and keep costs down.    

The interim Conservative group leader is Councillor Duncan Smith and Councillor Malcolm Stennett will lead the People Against Bureaucracy group.



For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk

The Cheltenham Borough elections take place every two years, with half (20) of the seats up for grabs. Eight new councillors were elected. A bi-election for Charlton Park ward will take place on 3 July. The next round of local elections will take place in May 2016.
The new political constitution is as follows:
Liberal Democrats: 24
Conservative: 12
People Against Bureaucracy: 4