Steven North has been re-elected un-opposed as Leader of East Northamptonshire Council at the 44th annual meeting on Wednesday 18 May. He is also leader of the ruling Conservative group and a member for Rushden Sartoris ward.
Councillor Glenn Harwood MBE was re-elected as deputy leader and pledged his support to Councillor North, to the council and to the district.
At the meeting, Councillor North said:
It is a real privilege to serve and lead this council.
At ENC we have always been an efficient council, being innovative in what we do, and this will continue.
Local government is in a period of transformation. The way it is financed is changing, and we have to adapt to that change. Following the financial settlement in the autumn and more recently the spending review, we have seen our grants reduced and opportunities to raise income limited.
Despite this, we are in a reasonably sound position, and have still managed to use part of the New Homes Bonus as intended, that is rewarding areas that have received growth.
By the end of this financial year, we will have put nearly a million pounds back into the community with the Community Facilities Fund and the Member Empowerment Fund. Supporting our communities in this way is very important.
These are exciting times for East Northamptonshire with the building of Rushden Lakes, the development of Rushden East, supporting the new Garden Village at Deenethorpe, putting in place a new district plan, championing Neighbourhood plans and overseeing a new leisure contract for the district that will see the development of more outreach work enabling people to participate in healthier and more active lifestyles.
Acknowledging the support and confidence of those around him, Steven added: None of this can be achieved without the hard work and dedication from staff and members, so thank you all. And thank you for your support.