Thursday, 17 August 2017

Councillor’s cabinet role

DAVID NIMMO SMITH has been chosen as the cabinet member for environment on Oxfordshire County Council.

DAVID NIMMO SMITH has been chosen as the cabinet member for environment on Oxfordshire County Council.

His responsibilites include strategic planning, waste management, environmental management and transport.

It is the first time the Henley councillor, who was first elected in 2005, has been given a cabinet role.

He said his initial concern would be the state of roads and gravel extraction.

“I am glad to be re-elected and now to be selected for the cabinet,” said Cllr Nimmo Smith said.

“My professional life is as a civil engineer so the technical aspects of the job should be relatively straightforward but the challenge will be in putting all the policies together.” He will not be involved in decisisions regarding the Challenge Henley triathlon.

Cllr Nimmo Smith said: “It has been agreed that I am a little bit close. I will still be able to say my bit but I will not be involved in the high level decisions.”

Meanwhile, Mark Gray, county councillor for Benson and Cholsey, is one of three independents who have joined with the Conservative group to form a majority administration.

The elections left the Conservatives one short of an overall majority with 31 of the 63 seats.

Cllr Gray, who is chairman of Cholsey Parish Council, said the new make-up of the council would allow the Conservatives to be held to account.

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