A press release from the council today lists some appointments formalised at last night’s annual council meeting. This is a very formal affair which is focussed on the appointment of a new mayor. It is a politics free zone followed by a civic dinner – not a freebie I am afraid, we all had to chip in £25.
The new Mayor is Councillor Mrs Hazel Ware and her charities are the West London Cardiovascular Health Programme and Dormers Wells Lodge Residential Care Home. Her deputy is Councillor Amit Kapoor.
Councillor Vlod Barczuk has been added to the Cabinet. He takes on a new transport portfolio. Councillor Will Brooks, who was the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, is now the Environment and Street Services portfolio holder. As much of the administration’s focus is on environment it made sense to put some more political resources into this area and split the portfolio up.
Congratulations to all.
It is all change amongst the back benchers who have been deputising for the portfolio holders. I have had a great year carrying David Scott’s bag and I am disappointed to have to move on from here. The great thing about the finance portfolio is that you get to look across the whole operation.
Anyway I have been asked to chair a new specialist panel on Parking Services. No doubt this will be challenging. Needless to say I will not be covering Ealing’s Parking Services on this blog, except maybe to try to advertise meetings, until the panel comes to an end.