Camelford councillor secures portfolio holder position

By The Post in Local People

CORNWALL Councillor for Camelford, Rob Rotchell (Lib Dem), has been appointed as portfolio holder for Adults.

This means that Cllr Rotchell’s responsibilities include health and social care integration, social care services for adults, prevention and wellbeing services and vulnerable adults safeguarding.

Cllr Rotchell, who is also mayor of Camelford, said: “For the first time Camelford’s voice will be heard at the top table of Cornwall Council.”

The appointment forms part of the new Cornwall Council cabinet, which was formally confirmed by its leader, Cllr Adam Paynter (Lib Dem), and individual portfolios allocated.

This comes more than a month after local elections.

The new cabinet reflects the formation of the new alliance between the Liberal Democrats and the Independents — with five members from each party forming the cabinet.

Speaking about the newly appointed cabinet, Cllr Paynter said: “I am delighted to announce the members of the cabinet and the portfolios they will hold, which reflect the balance of our priorities. The majority of the cabinet are new to the role and will bring new ideas to the table.

“There is also a good spread geographically with councillots from across the duchy from Launceston and Liskeard in the East to St Just in the far West.”

Five Liberal Democrat councillors were nominated to the cabinet.

Cllr Paynter for Launceston North and North Petherwin was nominated as ‘Leader’. He is responsible for leadership of the council, strategy, devolution from London to Cornwall, Brexit, safeguarding, communications and reputation and resident engagement. He will also chair the health and wellbeing board.

As well as Cllr Paynter and Rotchell’s appointments, Cllr Geoff Brown, for Newquay Central, will take care of ‘Transport’. He is responsible for local transport strategies, roads, pavements, street lighting, public transport, Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry, parking strategy and Cornwall Airport in Newquay.

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos, has the porfolio for ‘Neighbourhoods’. She will be responsible for registrars, library services, events and licensing, community networks and localism, devolution to town and parish councils and community groups as well as gypsy and traveler groups.

Cllr Sue James, of St Just in Penwith, holds the portfolio for ‘Environment and Public Protection’. She will be in charge of waste, street cleaning, waterways, beaches and flood resilience, country parks, parks and open spaces, cemeteries and crematoria, historic environments, allotments and county farms, maritime services, fire and rescue services, community safety, emergency planning, public protection and enforcement services — including environmental health and Trading Standards etc. She will also sit as a board member on the Local Nature Partnership (LNP).

The rest of the cabinet is made up of five Independent councillors.

Cllr Julian German, of Roseland, who was nominated as ‘Deputy Leader’, which includes the portfolio for ‘Resources’. He will take care of medium term financial strategy, resources, business rates, pensions, fees and charges, equalities and diversity, human resources and organisational development. He will also oversee shared services with other councils.

Cllr Andrew Mitchell, of St Ives West, holds the portfolio for ‘Homes’. He is responsible for housing, social housing, homelessness and welfare reforms.

Cllr Mike Eathorne Gibbons, for Ladock, St Clement and St Erme, holds the portfolio for ‘Economy’. His responsibilities include customer services, partnerships — third sector, public and private — governance and assurance, information technology and digital services, civic functions, property and asset management, corporate procurement, risk management, insurance, audit, leisure and will also oversee the Cornwall sports partnership.

Cllr Bob Egerton, for Probus, Tregony and Grampound, has responsibilities for ‘Planning and Economy’. He will be in charge of the Cornwall Local Plan and planning guidance, neighbourhood plans, development control service and planning enforcement, land registry and street naming, regeneration, economic growth and development including cultural strategy, skills agenda and relationships with universities. He will also sit as a board member on the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Completing the cabinet Cllr Sally Hawken, of Liskeard East, will hold the portfolio for ‘Children and Wellbeing’. She will be responsible for children’s social care and safeguarding, early intervention services for vulnerable children, early years education, education, special educational needs, child poverty, youth offending, youth services and public health.

The new deputy leader Cllr German concluded: “I am pleased that we have formed a talented cabinet to take Cornwall Council forward in the best interests of the residents of Cornwall.”

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