Council chair for Skegness man

A POWER shake-up at East Lindsey District Council has resulted in the majority Conservative Group taking full control.

At the annual meeting lastweek, they seized all eight posts on the executive board - in the process ejecting three Independents.

Coun Doreen Stephenson (North Thoresby) was re-elected leader while Coun Stephen Newton (Horncastle) is the new deputy leader.

The other six members include Coun Victoria Ayling (Stickford), Coun John Upsall (Wainfleet & Friskney) and Coun Sandra Harrison (Saltfleetby).

Also on the board are Coun Adam Grist (Legbourne), Coun Craig Leyland (Woodhall Spa) and newcomer to the council Coun William Gray (Roughton).

But there are no places for three Independent councillors who up until this month’s local elections had been longserving board members.

They are joint deputy council leader Coun Jeremy Webb (Alford), Coun Ed Mossop (Marshchapel) and Coun Brian Burnett (Binbrook) .

Also sacrificing their positions on the board are two Conservatives - Coun Dick Edginton from Skegness, because he was elected chairman of the council, and Coun Neil Cooper (Burgh-le-Marsh) who has become chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, one of three other councils on which he also serves.

The size of the executive board has been reduced from 10 to eight in an initiative aimed at saving £15,000 costs in special responsibility and travel allowances.

Speaking after the meeting, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, said of the appointments: “The Council faces many challenges in the coming years both operationally and financially.

“With reduced national funding going forward we need to find new and innovative ways to provide our services and eradicate unnecessary spending.

“I am confident that those selected to represent the Council on the Executive Board will rise to this challenge.”

All other Committee details will be posted on the Council’s website – - in due course.