East Devon District Council post won’t be replaced following resignation

A senior position on East Devon District Council (EDDC) has been axed.

The cabinet selected by the Independent Group which runs the authority initially consisted of 10 members.

However, Councillor Paul Millar’s former transformation portfolio has been vacant since he quit the group last month.

A report to next Wednesday’s full council meeting confirms that leader Cllr Ben Ingham has decided to not replace the transformation portfolio holder position on his cabinet.

No reason for this is stated in the papers.

Cllr Ingham’s decision means that the cabinet will continue to consist of just nine members and that the transformation portfolio ceases to exist.

Instead, the cabinet will collectively take on responsibility for delivery of the council plan and the associated strategies of fit for purpose, careful choices and commercialisation of services.

The report says that Cllr Jess Bailey, corporate services portfolio holder, will take on responsibility for digital by design and systems thinking.

Cllr Geoff Pook, asset management portfolio holder, will now be responsible for commercialisation of assets rather than revenue generation.

Next Wednesday’s meeting will also see changes made to committee membership as a result of the political balance of the council changing following Cllr Millar’s resignation from the Independent Group.

The council now consists of 19 members in the Independent Group, 19 Conservatives, 11 from the East Devon Alliance, eight Liberal Democrats, two Green Party members, and one independent – Cllr Millar.

Sitting as an independent, Exmouth Halsdon ward representative Cllr Millar is entitled to two seats across all the EDDC committees.

The full council is recommended to approve a proposal that would see the ruling Independent Group lose a seat on both the overview committee and the licensing and enforcement committee.

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