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New council leader for Poole

Cllr Janet Walton is the new Leader of the Council for Borough of Poole.

Cllr Walton was elected as Leader at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 20 May 2015. Her appointment follows the recent local elections on 7 May.

Cllr Walton, who represents the Oakdale ward, has been a councillor since 2007 and was Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children Services prior to her appointment as Leader of the Council.

Councillor Janet Walton

At the meeting, Cllr Walton also announced a new Cabinet team for Poole. 

The full list of Cabinet Portfolio Holders is:

Cllr Janet Walton - Leader of the Council, Public Health, Community Engagement
Cllr May Haines - Deputy Leader of the Council, Finance, Operations, Customer Services and Benefits
Cllr Xena Dion - Economy, Culture and Leisure
Cllr Ian Potter - Planning, Transportation and Regeneration
Cllr John Rampton - Environment and Consumer Protection
Cllr Karen Rampton - Health Social Care, Housing and Communities
Cllr Mike White - Children, Young People and Capital Projects 

Cllr Walton said: "It is a great honour to be elected Leader of the Council and I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues on the council to ensure Poole continues to be a prosperous, happy and healthy place in which to live, learn and work. 

"We have a strong reputation as an efficient council with a focus on giving value for money for taxpayers and supporting the growth of our local economy. I want to build on this reputation and  engage with people in our local communities for the benefit of all our residents."  

Appointments to a number of overview and scrutiny committees and other council committees, including planning and licensing, were also agreed at the meeting. 

Agendas, reports and minutes for all council meetings can be found here.

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