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LGA unveils new board chairs

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District Councils Network chairman Gary Porter and Kensington & Chelsea RBC councillor Shireen Ritchie (both Con) have been confirmed as the two new public faces of the Local Government Association.

The LGA confirmed on Monday the names of its board chairs for 2009-10, the councillors who will typically represent the organisation on specific issues.

Gary Porter

South Holland DC leader Cllr Porter will replace Paul Bettison (Con) as chair of the environment board, which covers high-profile issues including waste collection, housing and climate change.

Cllr Bettison becomes chair of the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (Lacors).

Meanwhile, Cllr Ritchie takes over the chairmanship of the children and young people board from Birmingham City Councillor Les Lawrence who takes over from Hazel Harding as chair of the safer communities board.

Ms Harding was voted off Lancashire CC in June’s local elections.

Cllr Bettison, who had reached the end of his three-year spell as board chairman, clashed with Tory party chairman Eric Pickles in 2008 over the thorny issue of weekly waste collection.

The following board chairmanships remain unchanged:

  • Community wellbeing – David Rogers OBE (Lib Dem), East Sussex CC
  • Culture, tourism and sport – Chris White (Lib Dem), Hertfordshire CC
  • Improvement – David Parsons (Con), Leicestershire CC
  • Regeneration and transport – David Sparks (Lab), Dudley MDC
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