Swindon's regeneration and the credit crunch has given Swindon Council leader Rod Bluh a focus to reorganise his cabinet to take the council into 2009.
He also loses North Swindon councillor Justin Tomlinson who has decided to concentrate on his parliamentary aspirations before the next general election and has brought councillor Mark Edwards into the cabinet.
Coun Bluh said he needed to refresh the cabinet and also realign responsibilities to reflect future demands. "The current financial climate requires new approaches and we need to look at greater income generation from our assets."
Swindon Council will have to find an extra £3.2m in next year's budget to cover unexpected costs arising from lower than predicted income streams, penalties for not meeting Government recycling target and big rises in utility bills.
However coun Bluh said that the economic downturn is not a time to pull back from the sustainability agenda. "I want the council and Swindon in general to look much harder at the green economy of the future. Climate change and reducing energy will be a driver of economic activity and Swindon needs to be at the forefront of this.
"Coun Peter Greenhalgh is very technically able in this field and he will focus on the town's sustainable future which must involve every organisation, business, household and individual to make an impact."
Following the announcement, coun Tomlinson said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as cabinet member for Leisure, Recreation & Culture and I am particularly proud of the new central library, which has opened on time and on budget.
"We've also seen improved leisure facilities and the forums for sports and arts groups, which help users shape our services. I will continue to support a number of ongoing projects, in particular on the leisure side. However the next general election could come at any time, and I want to focus 100 per cent of my effort on the campaign to beat the Labour MP in North Swindon, while continuing to serve fellow local residents as the councillor for Abbey Meads."
The full list of councillors in the new cabinet and their responsibilities:
Leader of the Council
Councillor Roderick Bluh
1 Cabinet Overview
2 Local, National, Regional and External Relations
3 Emergency Planning
4 Swindon Strategic Partnership
• Local Area Agreement Overview
• Community Strategy
5 Corporate Governance Issues
6 Law and Democratic Services Management Overview
7 Communications Services (including Graphics).
Cabinet Member for Local Environment and Corporate Affairs and
Deputy Leader of the Council
Councillor Fionuala Foley
Ward: Old Town and Lawns
1 Lead Member for Reducing Domestic Violence
2 Customer Services
3 Corporate Affairs Management Overview
4 Policy and Performance Development
5 Human Resources, Personnel and Trades Union Relations (including Staff Nursery)
6 Information Technology
7 Capita contract overview
• Street lighting
• Highways Maintenance Works
• Waste Disposal, Waste Minimisation
• Refuse Collection – Domestic and Trade
• Ground and Tree Maintenance and open spaces (outside Parks)
• Street Cleaning, Public Toilets
• Abandoned Vehicles.
Cabinet Member for Resources
Councillor Mark Edwards
Ward: St Margaret
1 Financial Management (Revenue and Capital Programme)
2 Internal Audit
3 Benefits Services
5 Value for Money
6 External Contract Monitoring
7 Student Support
8 Resources Management Overview
9 Preparing Future Year’s Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan
10 Project Management.
Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Transport and Strategic Planning
Councillor Peter Greenhalgh
Ward: Freshbrook and Grange Park
1 Public Transport (including Concessionary Fares, Specialist Transport, Council
Transport and Fleet Management)
2 Implementation of Local Transport Plan
3 Parking Services
4 Park and Ride Services
5 Strategic Spatial Planning and Development Framework Planning
6 Traffic and Transport Forward Planning (including Local Transport Plan)
7 Forward Planning and Development Control
8 Local Land Charges
• Energy Conservation
• Agenda 21.
Cabinet Member for a Safer and Stronger Borough
Councillor Colin Lovell
1 Lead Member for Public Health
2 Lead Member for Rural Affairs
3 Community Safety Partnership
4 Youth Offending
5 Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
6 Control Room Operations
7 Environmental and Public Protection Services
8 Street Wardens
9 Travellers and Unauthorised Encampments.
Cabinet Member for Property, Leisure and Recreation
Councillor Nick Martin
Ward: Shaw and Nine Elms
2 Museums, including Steam Museum
3 Sports Development
4 Recreation Services
5 Revenue generation schemes
6 Specific Responsibility for Lydiard Park Project
7 Property, including
• Building Services
• Building Cleaning,
• Catering and Security Services
8 Environmental Issues Landscape and Countryside (including Community Forest)
Building and Engineering
10 Cemeteries and Crematoria
11 Community Buildings
12 Plas Pencelli Outdoor Education Centre
13 Music Service
14 Playgrounds, including those that are not presently utilised.
Cabinet Member for Connecting People, Connecting Places
Councillor Brian Mattock
Ward: Old Town and Lawns
1 Lead Member for Connecting People, Connecting Places
2 Lead Member of Locality Directors
3 Delivering joined-up services to support Connecting People, Connecting Places
4 Community Strategy:
5 Swindon Strategic Partnership
6 Neighbourhood Renewal
7 Community Development, Grants and Resources, Services to the Community and
8 Swindon Community Compact
9 Community Engagement Strategies
10 Parish and Town Councils/Community Council Engagement Strategies
11 Cluster Forums
12 Equalities Development and Social Inclusion.
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services
Councillor Garry Perkins
Ward: Shaw and Nine Elms
1 Children and Family Services
2 Fostering and Adoption Services
3 Youth Services
4 Education and Schools
5 Children and Young People’s Partnership Board and Children’s Trust
6 Early Years Development
7 Lifelong Learning
8 Play Services.
Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care
Councillor David Renard
Ward: Haydon Wick
1 Housing enabling and Strategic Services
2 Estate and Tenancy Management
3 Allocations and Advice Services
5 Empty Homes
6 Homeline Services
7 Sheltered Accommodation
8 Housing Right to Buy/Sales Services
9 Private Sector Housing Renovation Grants
10 Repair and Improvements to Council Housing Stock
11 Housing Management Overview
12 Supporting People / Supporting People Partnership Board
13 Older People’s (Social) Services
14 Adult Services
15 Services for People with Disabilities
16 Community Mental Health Services
17 Enterprise Works
18 Social Services Department Management Overview
19 Close working with Commission for Social Care Inspectorate
20 Maintaining links between the Council and partner organisations in the Health
21 Also leading on Councillor Development.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Regeneration and Economic Development
Councillor Philip Young
Ward: Covingham and Nythe
1 Economic Development
3 Arts and Culture
4 Community Heritage
5 Canal Project.