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Cabinet up to full strength

Boston Borough Council's Cabinet is back up to full strength following a reshuffle and a new appointment for the start of 2018.

The Cabinet had been a man down since Cllr Stephen Woodliffe stepped down to become Mayor, a non-political position.

His responsibilities had been divided among other Cabinet members.

Now Cllr Nigel Welton has joined the Cabinet, bringing it back up to full strength and taking on responsibility for the town centre.

Cllr Michael Cooper, Leader of the Council, said: "This realigns the portfolios and makes them, easier to manage. It made sense for Cllr Welton, as chairman of the Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC), to take on responsibility for the town centre."

Cllr Welton's responsibilities will include town centre development and management, car parks, markets, events, the May Fair and public toilets and will also include liaison with BTAC, which operates as a town council for Boston.

He said: "I feel that BTAC, after a lot of hard work, has really begun to achieve for the town. I have also been a member of the Prosperous Boston Task and Finish Group, which has been working hard to identify what changes are needed to improve the town centre. Having Cabinet responsibility for the town centre brings these elements together

Cllr Paul Skinner had the town centre included in his portfolio and will now concentrate on building control, licensing and land charges, community safety, health and safety, climate change and health and wellbeing.

Other Executive responsibilities have been tweaked and fine tuned.

Leader Cllr Cooper has responsibility for: Strategic planning, infrastructure, county and regional partnerships, emergency planning, transformation programme, development control, economic development and growth.

Cllr Michael Brookes, Deputy Leader and Leader in the Leader's absence: Environment - street cleansing, green waste, refuse and recycling, environmental health, democratic services, parish councils, performance and improvement and human resources.

Cllr Aaron Spencer, Deputy Leader: Finance - finance (including Revenue and Benefits), procurement, IT, corporate governance, property, customer services, Freedom of Information and complaints. He also has responsibility for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - new and wide-ranging rules for data protection coming into force later this year.

Cllr Claire Rylott: Tourism, arts, culture and heritage - heritage and conservation, tourism, leisure services, parks and open spaces, allotments, Guildhall, TIC, arts, crematoria and cemeteries.

Cllr Martin Griggs: Housing, property and community - housing, transport, property, homelessness, older people, child and adult safeguarding, community development and voluntary sector support.