Forest of Dean District Council elects new Leader

By Andy Sherwill in Politics

COUNCILLOR Tim Gwilliam has been elected as leader of the District Council at the full council meeting held on Thursday, July 13.

The council’s previous Leader, councillor Patrick Molyneux (Con, Hewelsfield & Woolaston) stood down following a vote of no confidence.

Cllr Molyneux was elected to the council in 2007, and then voted in as leader in May 2011.

"Since becoming leader six years ago, Cllr Molyneux has actively worked to regenerate the market towns for the benefit of local residents and businesses, investing money to support events, projects and initiatives to encourage visitors to the area and secure the long term viability and health of the local economy," a spokesperson for the district council said.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux added: “I would personally like to thank the residents who elected me to council back in 2007 and the members who have supported me as leader over the past six years. I strongly believe that under my leadership the council has evolved for the better and is in a stronger position than ever to concentrate on the issues that matter most to our residents.

“I wish Cllr Gwilliam the best of luck in his new role as leader.”

Cllr Gwilliam (Forest First, Berry Hill), the new leader of the district council said: “Myself and my fellow members would like to thank Cllr Patrick Molyneux for his personal contribution to the authority over the past six years.

“As leader I will continue to carry on the positive progress of this council and look at new ways of working to save money, whilst providing quality services to the local community.

“I’ll now be looking to appoint a cross party cabinet where the interests of the Forest of Dean will continue to be the main objective.”

In the vote of no confidence 22 members voted for Cllr Patrick Molyneux to be ousted from his position as leader.

19 voted for him to remain and two councillors abstained from voting.

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