Councillor Gordon Brown steps down from Cabinet

Date Published: 26 January 2021

Rutland County Council offices, Oakham
Councillor Gordon Brown stepped down from Cabinet and role of Deputy County Leader because of health reasons

On Monday 25th Councillor Gordon Brown announced he was to step down from Rutland County Council Cabinet due to health issues.

Councillor Brown joined Cabinet in 2017 and held the role of Portfolio Holder for Planning and Finance. He will however remain as a councillor representing the Ketton Ward.The councillors replacing him will be announced in due course.

The Leader of Rutland County Council, Councillor Oliver Hemsley said “It is with regret that Cllr Brown has taken this decision.But his health must take precedence. He is a highly committed councillor who has achieved a significant amount for Rutland. He is held in the highest regard for his hard work and dedication. He is also held in the warmest of affection by members and officers alike.” 

Until the appointments have been made Councillor Oliver Hemsley will take over the responsibility for Rutland council’s Planning Portfolio. Councillor Karen Payne will be joining the Cabinet.

Cllr Oliver Hemsley also said “I would like to add my personal thanks to Gordon for his dedication and support. As my Deputy he has ensured that Rutland is respected at the highest levels of surrounding authorities and Government.”

Cllr Hemsley continues: “We will be welcoming Cllr Payne to Cabinet and look forward to Cllr Brown’s continued involvement in Council business through membership of a number of the Council’s Committees.

Cllr Karen Payne now in Cabinet

Councillor Karen Payne who lives in Barrowden was elected to the Ketton Ward with Gordon Brown. She promised to campaign with Gordon to reduce speeding in our villages ensuring the safety of our children.She said she will be working to ensure we provide starter homes for our young people. She also said she was committed to ensuring all new developments have a proportion of starter homes and social housing to keep our young people in the County in which they grew up in.

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