Council leader returns to top job after four years

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KEEPING taxes low and improving services will be the priorities for East Hampshire’s new council leader.

Councillor Ferris Cowper has been appointed the new leader of East Hampshire District Council.

It follows the resignation of Ken Moon, who is a councillor for Clanfield.

The Conservative councillor for Grayshott takes leadership of the council for the second time having previously been leader between May 2006 and October 2009.

He was voted into the post by fellow councillors at a full council meeting.

Cllr Cowper, who is also cabinet member for finance, said: ‘I was honoured to be elected leader of East Hampshire District Council.

‘I plan to lead a council that is open, transparent and interactive with the residents it serves. Despite challenging economic circumstances I hope to continue the proud record of this council by improving services steadily and continuously at the lowest level of council tax possible.

‘I’m acutely conscious of the needs of the vulnerable sectors of our community and they will always be at the top of my priority list.’

Cllr Moon had been leader since March last year.

Cllr Cowper has appointed seven other Conservative councillors to join him in the cabinet, as well as posts for other committees.

Meanwhile, Cllr Chris Graham was appointed chairman of the council, with Cllr Patrick Burridge appointed as vice-chairman.