Economy and helping people at top of ‘to do’ list for cabinet

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A NEW cabinet has been announced to lead a huge swathe of Hampshire.

Winchester City Council’s new cabinet has been announced by the leader, Councillor Stephen Godfrey.

The authority stretches from Bishop’s Waltham across to Denmead and the western edge of Waterlooville.

The Conservative cabinet will include Cllr Vicki Weston as deputy leader, Cllr Steve Miller, in charge of estates, and Cllr Frank Pearson, in charge of environment and health.

Denmead councillor Michael Read will be overseeing the built environment portfolio, while Cllr James Byrnes will be in charge of the local economy with Cllr Caroline Horrill overseeing housing.

Cllr Rob Humby will support the cabinet in a business liaison role working closely with Cllr Byrnes.

Cllr Godfrey said: ‘My cabinet will focus on three key areas: supporting the local economy, making the most of our resources, and supporting people who need our help.

‘We will strive to sustain and enhance Winchester’s reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.

‘We will make best use of council taxpayers’ money and ensure the council’s services are the best they can be.

‘We will continue our programme of building new council homes, support for apprenticeships and helping people back into work.’