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The Cabinet

The Cabinet is the main decision making group, responsible for implementing the council's policies and budget.

The Cabinet takes decisions collectively, however, Portfolio Holders do have individual delegated powers for certain things.

View the corporate plan and minutes from the meeting where it was agreed online.

Meetings normally take place approximately every 8 weeks, depending on business requirements.  The Cabinet is made up of the following members:

The Leader - Councillor Sybil Ralphs MBE

Responsible for:

  • Corporate Plan
  • Financial Strategy
  • Emergency Planning
  • Council's Constitution
  • Council Tax Collection
  • Human Resources
  • Employee Health and Safety
  • Legal Services
  • Civic & Democratic Services
  • Regeneration
  • Arts and Culture
  • Markets


Leisure and Sports - Councillor Mark Deaville (Deputy Leader)

Responsible for:

  • Promotion of culture, inc. children's play, sport & physical exercise
  • Parks, open spaces, countryside and water.
  • Playing Fields
  • Country Parks
  • Leisure Centres


Communities - Councillor Mike Bowen

Responsible for:

  • Licensing
  • Community Safety
  • Planning
  • Local Plan
  • Partnerships
  • Public Consultation
  • Public Health
  • Housing
  • Community Engagement


Customer Services - Councillor Tony Hall

Responsible for:

  • Access to Council Services
  • Customer Care Standards
  • One Stop Shops
  • Contact Centre
  • ICT Strategy
  • Data Protection
  • Equalities and Diversity
  • Procurement
  • Democratic Engagement


Property and Tourism - Councillor Andrew Hart

Responsible for:

  • Off Street Parking
  • Council property and management
  • Asset Management Plan
  • Tourism
  • Support for the Climate Change and Biodiversity Portfolio


Climate Change and Biodiversity - Councillor Joe Porter

Responsible for:

  • Air quality
  • Advice on rural management and conservation of the countryside
  • Assisting local businesses and employers in maintaining sustainable communities
  • Energy conservation in respect of Council property and vehicles
  • Environment management systems
  • Media and public relations


Environment - Councillor Sav Scalise

Responsible for:

  • Waste Collection & Recycling
    Council vehicle fleet
  • Streetcare
  • Environmental Health
  • Land Charges