Heather takes charge as new council leader

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CHICHESTER District Council has elected a new leader.

Tory Councillor Heather Caird, who represents the Fernhurst ward, replaces Cllr Myles Cullen, who now becomes the deputy leader.

Cllr Caird was born in Manchester and studied ergonomics at Loughborough University.

She worked for 15 years at IBM, eight years at Canine Partners and two years at Chichester Yacht Club.

The authority has five other members of the cabinet, including Cllr John Connor, who will oversee environment and Cllr Janet Duncton, who will manage housing and planning.

Southbourne Cllr Graham Hicks becomes vice-chairman of the council, with Cllr Peter Clementson serving as chairman.

Meanwhile, Cllr Patrick Burridge will continue as leader of the Tory cabinet at East Hampshire District Council.

Clanfield Cllr Ken Moon has been appointed in charge of planning.

There are eight other members of the cabinet.

Cllr Burridge said: ‘The election result has enabled us to create a very strong cabinet that can meet the challenge of protecting and improving services while saving money for taxpayers.

‘A lot of this will be achieved by thinking imaginatively about how we work.

‘Major savings are already being achieved by sharing management and services with Havant Borough Council.

‘We will save a very substantial £850,000 per year by sharing our waste and environmental services contract with Winchester City Council and other initiatives will soon be in the pipeline.’