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A council looking to the future

Posted on : 19 May 2017

A council looking to the future
A council looking to the future

Cllr David Poole, long standing ward member for Pengam and former Deputy Leader has been elected as the new Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council.

The appointment was announced at the Annual Meeting of Council last night (Thursday 18th May) and follows May’s local election result which saw the Labour group retain control of the council with a total of 50 seats. Plaid Cymru have 18 seats and the Independents have 5.

Cllr Poole says, “I am honoured and humbled to be elected as the Leader of the Council, and would like to acknowledge and build upon the outstanding legacy that was created by my good friend and colleague Keith Reynolds”.

Joining Cllr David Poole as Cabinet Members are:

  • Cllr Barbara Jones – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and Governance

  • Cllr Sean Morgan – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure, Sustainability and Wellbeing of Future Generations 

  • Cllr Colin Gordon – Cabinet Member for Corporate Services

  • Cllr Eluned Stenner – Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection

  • Cllr Nigel George – Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services

  • Cllr Philippa Marsden – Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement

  • Cllr Carl Cuss – Cabinet Member for Social Services and Wellbeing

  • Cllr Lisa Phipps – Cabinet Member for Homes and Places

David continues, “We really are a council which is looking to the future, which I hope is demonstrated from the team of very capable Cabinet Members I have appointed. Together, with their support, we will deliver a clear vision for the authority over the next five years”.

In discussing his aspirations and priorities for the coming years, Cllr Poole says “Caerphilly, like all other local authorities in Wales, face a number of significant challenges, but we are in a good position to navigate through these turbulent economic times thanks to the effective way the council has been run to date.

“We have our ambitious project to bring our council homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, which continues to progress at quite a pace. Bringing this huge project to fruition will continue to be a key priority for us over the next few years, as is facilitating the delivery of new affordable homes and ensuring the most vulnerable people in our communities are protected and given the support they need.

“The development of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal will also remain a key priority – and with ten local councils working together with a shared goal of bringing prosperity to our communities, it’s certainly a real opportunity which we’re obviously keen to play a leading role in bringing to fruition.

“Protecting frontline services, protecting jobs and building better communities for our residents across the area have also been key areas for this council over the last five years, and we have an excellent footing to continue with this work moving forward”.

David began his career in engineering within the private sector, later joining local government in 1973 as Management Services Officer with the joint Caerphilly UDC and Gelligaer UDC Management Services Unit.

After local government reorganisation in 1974, he gained various promotions, becoming the General Manager of the DLO/DSO with Rhymney Valley Urban District Council and in 1996 the Head of Public Services in the newly formed Caerphilly County Borough Council. He took retirement in 2000.

Cllr David Poole began his political career in 2004, where he represents the community of Pengam. He served as Cabinet Member for Performance Management between 2004 and 2006 and Cabinet Member for the Environment and Housing between 2006 and 2008, before enjoying a second term as Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services and latterly Deputy Leader with responsibility for Housing between 2012 and 2017.

An active member within his local community, David is a member of various local groups. With five grandchildren, he is an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying local and international rugby and he also enjoys travelling.

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