DAVID Barling, West Sussex county councillor for Bramber Castle, has been appointed the cabinet member for residents’ services this week as another councillor is asked to step down.
Henfield county councillor Lionel Barnard was the first person to serve in the wide-ranging role when it was created two years ago, but has now been asked to retire. Mr Barling was appointed in his place on Monday, February 2.
Mr Barling was first elected as county councillor in 2013 and has served as Mr Barnard’s deputy with a particular interest in waste services.
He said: “I’m delighted to have accepted this invitation to this strategic role and would like the pay tribute to my predecessor and will continue to work with him generally.
“I’m looking forward to the very varied nature of the role.”
Mr Barnard said: “The leader asked me to step down from the cabinet at the end of last month after serving for some 12 years.
“I have not been deputy leader for some two years now, instead I took up the new and exciting cabinet portfolio for residents’ services that included fire and rescue, waste disposal and stronger communities.
“I also took on several responsibilities for the leader, such as the delivery of broadband. During this time I played my part in planning for the budget and the future.
“My current plans are to continue as a local member and represent the residents of this division, as have I done in the past.”
County council leader Louise Goldsmith thanked him for his work.
She said: “After 12 years in a range of cabinet posts Lionel leaves the residents’ services portfolio in very good shape with a recent good library peer review and the fire and rescue review settled.
“I would like to thank Lionel for the considerable contribution he has made to the cabinet over the years.
“With the budget work completed and ready for full council on February 13 we are now entering an exciting new phase delivering services and outcomes around our Future West Sussex Plan.”