Council announces new deputy leader

Cllr Peter Chowney, Cllr Jay Kramer and Cllr Jeremy Birch
Cllr Peter Chowney, Cllr Jay Kramer and Cllr Jeremy Birch

A NEW deputy leader for Hastings Borough Council has been announced along with the team of councillors who will occupy cabinet positions over the next year.

Councillor Peter Chowney was announced by leader cllr Jeremy Birch, as the new deputy, replacing cllr Jay Kramer.

Cllr Birch paid tribute to cllr Kramer who has served as deputy leader for over 12 years, and said: “Jay has given a huge amount to the council and to the town and of course will carry on doing so.

“But she has decided that it is the right time for her to step back from deputy leadership –she is doing her university degree which of course is a big time commitment and she is determined to pass it!

“Peter Chowney has been an outstanding regeneration portfolio holder and will be an equally effective deputy leader.”

The cabinet responsibilities will be as follows. cllr Chowney, regeneration, cllr Kim Forward, housing and community services, cllr Phil Scott, environmental services and highways, cllr Emily Westley, leisure and amenities, cllr Jay Kramer, corporate services and equalities, and cllr John Hodges, charity committee chair.

Cllr Birch said: “We have a mix of experienced and newer portfolio holders who I am sure will provide the direction and vigour that local people expect of us. We have a programme to take Hastings forward and the portfolio holders will be working hard to make sure it is implemented.”

Councillor Alan Roberts, currently deputy mayor, is expected to be elected mayor, with councillor Bruce Dowling deputy mayor, at the annual meeting on Wednesday (May 16).