A new four year term, a new sustainable era, a new Leader and a positive future to be built on the foundations of the Council’s transformation programme.
At their Annual Council meeting yesterday, South Hams District Council has appointed Cllr Judy Pearce as Leader of the Council.
In her acceptance speech, Cllr Pearce thanked Cllr John Tucker for his many years of dedication to the South Hams, and the foresight and courage he showed to take on the transformation programme and to see it through.
Cllr Pearce explained that while the Council is now much leaner and more efficient, there is still work to be done.
Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr Judy Pearce said: “My priority as Leader will be to build on these sure foundations, so that everything the Council does is focused on wellbeing and prosperity of all of the residents and businesses in South Hams.
“We must welcome visitors and allow tourism to flourish, but at the same time take every care to preserve our historic buildings and landscapes, particularly the protected ones.”
During the meeting there was a lot of discussion about Climate Change, with a petition being presented to the Chairman and a number of members of the public being in attendance throughout.
It has been agreed that the Executive of South Hams District Council will consider an agenda item at its meeting on 6 June 2019 that will allow Members to give further consideration to the Climate Change programme.
During her speech, Cllr Pearce also declared that sustainability was key, she said: “We must make sure that nothing we do deliberately harms the environment by degrading or depleting natural resources.”
The Leader has also asked officers to prepare a plan to make all reasonable and rational carbon footprint savings within the way that the Council works and to offer all assistance possible to Devon County Council and their climate change agenda.
During the meeting, Cllr Bastone was appointed as Deputy Leader, Cllr Rosemary Rowe was appointed Chairman of the Council and Cllr Foss was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Council for the Council year 2019/20.
The Councillors appointed to the Executive are; Cllrs Baldry, Hawkins, Hopwood and May.
The political composition of the Council is now as follows: Three political groups: The Conservatives, with Cllr Pearce as their Leader; The Liberal Democrats with Cllr Baldry as their Leader and The Green Party with Cllr Hodgson as their Leader. There are also two non-aligned independent members.
Following the Annual meeting of the Council, further information about which councillors have been appointed to which committee will be available on the Council’s website: