West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith steps down from top job

A COUNCIL leader has announced they will be stepping down after almost a decade in charge.

Friday, 4th October 2019, 12:51 pm
Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex Country Council, at the new Solar Farm in Tangmere.ks1500506-1

Louise Goldsmith has today revealed she will be leaving the top job at West Sussex County Council after nine years leading the authority.

She said: ‘I have put my heart and soul into being the leader of a county that I am so proud of. It is has been an honour and a privilege and I have loved every minute of it.

‘However, it’s important to know when the time is right to take a step back and I want to hand over to a new leader so they can prepare for the next round of elections in good time.’

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During her leadership Ms Goldsmith secured economic growth deals with district and borough councils across West Sussex, backed a number of solar energy initiatives, and supported projects that saw thousands of new homes and businesses benefit from superfast broadband.

In her final leader’s blog published today, Ms Goldsmith said: ‘West Sussex County Council is made up of staff whose dedication and commitment shines through in so many ways. I thank them for all they do.

‘In standing down as leader there is going to be a big hole in my life. I will certainly have more time for other things – gardening, catching up with friends and campaigning on environmental issues to tackle climate change.’

Ms Goldsmith will continue to represent residents in her division of Chichester West.

It is expected a new leader will be elected at the next full council meeting on Friday, October 18.