Team Lib Dem gets cracking

Fareham Lib Dems’ new-look Council group got straight down to work as the Council held its Annual Meeting, with spokespeople appointed to shadow and challenge decisions on the key committees.

The Council’s new Lib Dem team (from left) Jean Kelly, Paul Nother, David Hamilton, Katrina Trott and Chrissie Bainbridge

Katrina Trott, the Group’s new leader, will scrutinise the main “people-oriented” areas – Leisure & Community, Housing, and Health & Public Protection.

Deputy leader Paul Nother will take on Planning & Development, where there are big decisions to come on the Local Plan and on major economic growth areas such as Welborne and Daedalus.

Chrissie Bainbridge takes on a role on behalf of the whole Council, bringing her professional experience as FBC representative on public transport bodies, as well as scrutinising Streetscene and the all-important Climate Change agenda.

David Hamilton will be our spokesman on Policy and Resources and on Audit and Governance, looking at the Council’s spending plans.

Jean Kelly will serve with Paul and Katrina on the Licensing Panel, which will shortly be examining proposed changes to the Council’s ward boundaries, as well as deputising on the Housing and Climate Change panels.

This month’s local elections confirmed the Lib Dems’ position as the only effective opposition to the Conservative ruling group, and the new team will give residents a strong voice where it counts – in the real world of the Council’s decision-making.

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