New council leader appointed for Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:04 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 30 November 2018

Cllr Tony Kingsbury has been appointed council leader at Welwyn Hatfield Council. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

Cllr Tony Kingsbury has been appointed council leader at Welwyn Hatfield Council. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

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Councillor Tony Kingsbury has been appointed the new leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council following the death of former leader Mandy Perkins.

Cllr Kingsbury took over the role following a full council meeting on Monday, November 19.

He has served as a councillor for nine years and in Welwyn West since 2016, becoming a member of the council’s cabinet in 2010. In this role, he has held portfolios including leisure and community, policy and culture and housing and community.

Cllr Duncan Bell, executive member for resources, has been appointed as deputy leader, and Cllr Nick Pace has joined the cabinet and will take on much of Cllr Kingsbury’s previous portfolio of housing and community.

Meanwhile Cllr Steven Markiewicz will take over Cllr Pace’s previous role as chairman of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee.

Cllr Kingsbury said: “I look forward to building on the work Mandy had done in her time as Leader. Particularly continuing her focus on really listening to the views of residents and businesses to help shape the important decisions we make that impact daily life in the borough.

“It’s an exciting time to lead the council with many significant projects underway, including: the regeneration of Hatfield town centre and High View, the imminent completion of more new homes under our Affordable Housing programme, Welwyn Garden City town centre improvements, and the new small business incubator centre in Hatfield.

“I look forwarding to working with my Cabinet and Councillor colleagues to deliver on these initiatives and the many more exciting projects we have in the pipeline.”

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