Conservatives Officially Take Over at Brentwood Council

The evening saw the new councillors take their seats alongside fellow Conservatives, with group now numbered at 23, giving them a majority of 9 seats. 

Group Leader, Louise McKinlay was voted in as Council Leader and is joined by her Deputy, Roger Hirst who takes on the role of Deputy Leader of the Council. 

During the meeting, Louise gave a statement where she outlined plans to deliver on the Group's manifesto from the recent elections. Maintaining weekly black bag collections, driving up standards of street cleaning, tackling the ever-growing new debt of £3.5m thanks to the previous Lib Dem-led coalition in Brentwood, investing in apprenticeships and keeping council tax down were all on her agenda. 

Louise and Roger and joined by a strong front bench who will focus on delivering the Conservative manifesto pledges:

Chair / Vice Chair for Policy, Finance and Resources - Louise McKinlay and Roger Hirst

Chair / Vice Chair for Environment and Housing Management Committee - Chris Hossack and Cliff Poppy

Chair / Vice Chair for Economic Development - Keith Parker and Louise Rowlands

Chair / Vice Chair for Community and Health - Will Russell and Olivia Sanders

Chair / Vice Chair for Planning and Licensing - Roger McCheyne and Will Trump

Chair / Vice Chair for Audit, Scrutiny and Transformation - John Kerslake and Sheila Murphy