Two north Northumberland councillors have taken up senior roles as part of the new Labour administration at County Hall.
Last week’s first meeting of the new council saw a series of political rows, as reported in the Gazette, but Coun Scott Dickinson, member for the new Druridge Bay ward, was elected to the new position of business chairman.
Amble’s Coun Robert Arckless is the new board member for children’s services.
Coun Dickinson will be responsible for chairing monthly meetings of the full council, but says he will ‘have a heavy and important role within the authority in addition to that’.
“It is my main job to ensure that the operations of the council run smoothly and the business of our administration is dealt with in a coordinated and efficient manner to ensure the smooth running of the council,” he said.
“As the representative for Druridge Bay and indeed my colleague from Amble being lead on children’s services, it is clear that north Northumberland members are among the most senior politicians within the council ensuring that the vision of the council is not limited to the south-east corner.”
Coun Arckless said he was ‘very, very proud’ to be taking on his new role, which hesaid is so important because ‘it has an impact on every community and every family’ and the county faces somes ‘massive challenges’.
“I want to work with schools and communities to try to deliver a family of schools across the county,” he said. “We will face some real challenges, no doubt about it, and I don’t want to make any glib promises, but I do want to work with schools and with other members.”